Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
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The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) and other AUDI models
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Shock absorber
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Suspension Strut
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Ceramic grease
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
12-point socket # 24
21-mm strut nut socket
Shock absorber socket
HEX bit no.H7
XZN bit # 6
XZN bit # 14
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Both shock struts of the front suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock struts of the front suspension.
  • Please note: all work on the car – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA) – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  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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    Remove the clips of the plastic cowl grille. Use a crowbar.
  3. Step 5
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    Move the cowl grille aside to access the fasteners of the suspension strut mount.
  4. Step 6
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  5. Step 7
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    Loosen the upper fasteners of the suspension strut. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 8
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 9
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  7. Step 10
    Raise the car.
    Replacement: suspension strut – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Tip from AUTODOC:
    If you are using a jack, make sure it rests on a flat surface without any unevenness.Be sure to additionally secure the car with jack stands.
    Step 11
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA)
  8. Step 12
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    Remove the wheel.
  9. Step 13
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    Clean the fastener that connects the sway bar link to the suspension strut. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  10. Step 14
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a combination spanner #18. Use XZN #6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 15
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    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  12. Step 16
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    Clean the lower fastener connecting the suspension strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 17
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    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #18. Use XZN #14. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 18
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub. Use 12-point socket No.24. Use a tap wrench.
  15. Step 19
    Remove the fastening bolt.
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    Clean the fasteners connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  16. Step 21
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    Unscrew the fasteners connecting the ball joint to the control arm. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  17. Step 22
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    Disconnect the ball joint from the control arm.
  18. Step 23
    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
    Step 24
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    Detach the driveshaft from the steering knuckle.
    Replacement: suspension strut – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Tip from AUTODOC:
    Make sure that the drive shaft is not unloaded (when the car is jacked).
  19. Step 25
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  20. 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.
  21. Step 27
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  22. Step 28
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    Unscrew the upper fasteners of the shock strut.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA) – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
  23. Step 29
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  24. Step 30
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    Set the suspension strut on the spring compressor tool.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    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.
  25. Step 31
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    Compress the spring.
  26. Step 32
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    Clean the strut piston rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  27. Step 33
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a 21-mm strut nut socket. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  28. Step 34
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    Remove the upper strut mount together with the bump stop.
  29. Step 35
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    Remove the dust boot.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  30. Step 36
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    Release the coil spring.
  31. Step 37
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    Remove the spring.
  32. Step 38
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    Remove the rubber spring spacer.
  33. Step 39
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    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  34. Step 40
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    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  35. Step 41
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    Install the rubber spring spacer.
  36. Step 42
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  37. Step 43
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    Compress the spring.
  38. Step 44
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    Install the dust boot.
  39. Step 45
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    Install the upper strut mount together with the bump stop.
  40. Step 46
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a 21-mm strut nut socket. Use HEX No.H7. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
  41. Step 47
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    Decompress the spring.
  42. Step 48
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  43. Step 49
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    Remove the assembled shock strut.
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