Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) S3 quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) S3 quattro View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change strut mount AUDI A3 1 (8L1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Strut Mount for A3 Hatchback (8L1) and other AUDI models
Tools
Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 18
Flare nut socket №22
HEX bit No.H6.
12-point socket 1-3/16”
Shock absorber socket
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #21
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Copper grease
Wheel impact socket #17
Hydraulic transmission jack
Rubber mallet
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Wheel chock
Fender cover
Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the mounts of the left and right shock struts of the front suspension.
  • Be sure to replace all self-locking nuts and bolts during installation.
  • Warning! Shut down the engine before starting any work – Audi A3 8L1.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
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    Open the bonnet.
  3. Step 3
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    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  4. Step 4
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    Remove the wheel rim cover.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew the hub lock nut. Use 1-3/16" drive 12-point socket.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Do not unscrew the fastener by more than 90 degrees.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 2001: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  7. Step 7
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  8. Step 8
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the wheel.
  10. Step 10
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    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
  11. Step 11
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub. Use 1-3/16" drive 12-point socket.
  12. Step 12
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    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Clean the fasteners connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 13
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a drive socket #13.
  14. Step 14
    Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm.
    Step 15
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    Pull the drive shaft out of the steering knuckle and lifting it, tie to the body.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure that the drive shaft is not unloaded (when the car is jacked).
  15. Step 16
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  16. Step 17
    How to change Strut Mount on Audi A3 8l1 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  17. Step 18
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    Remove the support from under the steering knuckle.
  18. Step 19
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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.
  19. Step 20
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. AUTODOC recommends:
    If necessary, use a rubber mallet.
  20. Step 21
    How to remove AUDI A3 1.8 2000 Strut Mount - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. Tip:
    Make sure that the steering knuckle is not released from load.
  21. Step 22
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    Unscrew the upper fastening of the shock absorber strut. Use a combination spanner #21. Use HEX No.H6.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Audi A3 8L1
  22. Step 23
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    Remove the suspension strut. Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. 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.
  23. Step 24
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    Compress the spring.
  24. Step 25
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use flare nut socket #22. Use HEX No.H6.
  25. Step 26
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    Remove the shock strut mount.
  26. Step 27
    Clean the mounting seat of the shock strut mount. Use a wire brush.
    Step 28
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    Install a new strut mount.
  27. Step 29
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use flare nut socket #22. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
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