Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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

Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. List of the tools you'll need:
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
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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. How to change Strut Mount on Audi A3 8l1 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
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    Step 2
    Open the bonnet.
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    Step 3
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
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    Step 4
    Remove the wheel rim cover.
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    Step 5
    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. How to replace Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 2001: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 6
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 7
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
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    Step 8
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
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    Step 9
    Remove the wheel.
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    Step 10
    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
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    Step 11
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub.Use 1-3/16" drive 12-point socket.
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    Step 12
    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.
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    Step 13
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm.Use a drive socket #13.
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    Step 14
    Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm.
    Step 15
    Pull the drive shaft out of the steering knuckle and lifting it, tie to the body.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Make sure that the drive shaft is not unloaded (when the car is jacked).
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    Step 16
    Prop up the steering knuckle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  16. How to change Strut Mount on Audi A3 8l1 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 17
    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.
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    Step 18
    Remove the support from under the steering knuckle.
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    Step 19
    Release the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a special drive socket to remove the shock absorber.
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    Step 20
    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. AUTODOC recommends:
    If necessary, use a rubber mallet.
  20. How to remove AUDI A3 1.8 2000 Strut Mount - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 21
    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. How to replace Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 2001: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 22
    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. How hard is it to do yourself: Strut Mount replacement on Audi A3 8l1 1.9 TDI 2002 - download illustrated guide
    Step 23
    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.
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    Step 24
    Compress the spring.
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    Step 25
    Remove the strut piston rod nut.Use flare nut socket #22.Use HEX No.H6.
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    Step 26
    Remove the shock strut mount.
  26. Replacing Strut Mount on Audi A3 8l1 1998 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Step 27
    Clean the mounting seat of the shock strut mount. Use a wire brush.
    Step 28
    Install a new strut mount.
  27. A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 1999 Strut Mount DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 29
    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.
  28. How to change Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 2000 - tips and tricks
    Step 30
    Decompress the spring.
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    Step 31
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
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    Step 32
    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
  31. How to change Strut Mount on Audi A3 8l1 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 33
    Tighten the shock strut top mount.
  32. How to replace AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI 1997 Strut Mount - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 34
    Clean the splines of the drive shaft CV joint. Use a wire brush.Treat the shock strut mounting seat on the steering knuckle.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 35
    Fix the shock absorber strut on the steering knuckle.
    Replacement: strut mount – Audi A3 8L1. Tip from AUTODOC:
    If necessary, use a rubber mallet.
  34. Changing Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) S3 1.8 quattro 1999 by yourself
    Step 36
    Install and tighten a new bolt of the steering knuckle.Use a drive socket #18.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 70 Nm torque.
  35. How to remove AUDI A3 1.8 2000 Strut Mount - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 37
    Mount the drive shaft into the wheel hub.
  36. How to replace Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 2001: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 38
    Attach the ball joint to the control arm.
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    Step 39
    Screw in the fasteners of the ball joint lock plate (3 pieces).Use a drive socket #13.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 45 Nm torque.
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    Step 40
    Screw the nut of the drive shaft.
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    Step 41
    Fasten the brake hose on the strut.Connect the fastener of the ABS sensor cable to the shock absorber strut.
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    Step 42
    Clean the wheel rim mounting seat. Use a wire brush.Treat the contacting surface.Use copper grease.
  41. Replacing Strut Mount on Audi A3 8l1 1998 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Step 43
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while screwing in the fastening bolts on the car. Audi A3 8L1
  42. A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 1999 Strut Mount DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 44
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  43. How to change Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 2000 - tips and tricks
    Step 45
    Tighten the drive shaft nut.Use 1-3/16" drive 12-point socket.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 180 Nm torque.
  44. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Audi A3 8l1 2001 1.8 Strut Mount
    Step 46
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 Nm torque.
  45. DIY replacement of Strut Mount on AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6 2002 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 47
    Tighten the shock strut top mount.Use a combination spanner #21.Use HEX No.H6.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
  46. How to change Strut Mount on Audi A3 8l1 1996 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 48
    Remove the fender protection cover.
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    Step 49
    Close the hood.
  48. Audi A3 8l1 1.8 T 1998 Strut Mount replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 50
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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