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Tools
Replacement: coil springs – AUDI A3 (8P1). Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
HEX bit No.H6.
HEX bit No.H7.
XZN socket bit # 14
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Drive socket # 24
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Shock absorber socket
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: coil springs – AUDI A3 (8P1). AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Both coil springs of the front suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right coil springs of the front suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: coil springs – AUDI A3 (8P1). Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Remove the cowl grille seal.
  2. Step 4
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    Raise up and remove the cowl grille.
  3. Step 5
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  4. Step 6
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  5. Step 7
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  6. Step 8
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    Loosen the fastener of the driveshaft. Use a drive socket #24. Use a tap wrench.
  7. Step 9
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  8. Step 10
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 11
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. AUDI A3 (8P1)
  9. Step 12
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    Remove the wheel.
  10. Step 13
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    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  11. Step 14
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  12. Step 15
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    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  13. Step 16
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    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 17
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    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use XZN #14. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 18
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  16. Step 19
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub. Use a drive socket #24. Use a ratchet wrench.
  17. Step 20
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  18. Step 21
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Replacement: coil springs – AUDI A3 (8P1). Tip from AUTODOC:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.Wear protective goggles.
  19. Step 22
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. Step 23
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    Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm.
  21. Step 24
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    Remove the drive shaft.
  22. Step 25
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  23. Step 26
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    Release the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a special drive socket to remove the shock absorber. Use a ratchet wrench.
  24. Step 27
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  25. Step 28
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    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    AUDI A3 (8P1) – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
  26. Step 29
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  27. Step 30
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: coil springs – AUDI A3 (8P1). Professionals recommend:
    Note that when using a spring compressor, spring coils need to be securely gripped, compressing the spring on the opposite sides.Ensure the correct position of the spring in the retainer.Make sure that the spring coils tightly entered the lock handles.
  28. Step 31
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    Compress the spring.
  29. Step 32
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  30. Step 33
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H7. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench.
  31. Step 34
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: coil springs – AUDI A3 (8P1). Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  32. Step 35
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    Release the coil spring.
  33. Step 36
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    Remove the spring.
  34. Step 37
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  35. Step 38
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    Compress the spring.
  36. Step 39
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    Install the mount, the boot and the bump stop on the shock absorber.
  37. Step 40
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #21. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
    Replacement: coil springs – AUDI A3 (8P1). Tip:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  38. Step 41
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  39. Step 42
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    Decompress the spring.
  40. Step 43
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    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  41. Step 44
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    Treat the mounting seats of the shock strut. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  42. Step 45
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    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
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