Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.6, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.0, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 3.0, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.4, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.5 TDI quattro, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.5 TDI, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 3.0 quattro, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.9 TDI quattro, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.0 FSI, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.5 TDI, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.4, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 3.0, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 3.0 quattro, AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T quattro View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on AUDI A4 B6 (8E5) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Multipurpose grease
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
HEX bit no.H6.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Hammer
Flat chisel
Pin punch
Flat Screwdriver
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • 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.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.9 TDI 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Remove the cowl grille seal.
  3. Step 3
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    Raise up and remove the cowl grille.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T 2004 by yourself
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  5. Step 5
    How to remove AUDI A4 2.5 TDI 2001 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the shock strut mount cap. Use a crowbar.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2002: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 7
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  8. Step 8
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  9. Step 9
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2001 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  10. Step 10
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Audi A4 B6 Avant
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2003 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Remove the wheel.
  12. Step 12
    A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.5 TDI 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 13
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    Unscrew the upper control arm fasteners (2 pieces). Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces). Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 14
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  15. Step 15
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 17
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    Unscrew the fasteners connecting the stabiliser link to the stabiliser bar. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  18. Step 18
    Audi A4 B6 Avant 2.5 TDI quattro 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the stabilizer rod. Use a crowbar.
  19. Step 19
    Changing Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T 2004 by yourself
    Clean the shock strut fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  20. Step 20
    How to remove AUDI A4 2.5 TDI 2001 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber strut. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  21. Step 21
    How to replace Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2002: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  22. Step 22
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    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
  23. Step 23
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    Release the fastener that connects the control arm ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a flat metal-working chisel. Use a hammer.
  24. Step 24
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2001 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Detach the upper control arm from the steering knuckle (2 pieces). Use a pin punch. Use a hammer.
  25. Step 25
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    Detach the bottom part of the shock strut. Use a crowbar.
  26. Step 26
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2003 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. Tip:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts.
  27. Step 27
    A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.5 TDI 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Remove the suspension strut.
  28. Step 28
    How to change Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2001 - tips and tricks
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. 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.
  29. Step 29
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use WD-40 spray.
  30. Step 30
    Treat all joints of the arm. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 31
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    Unscrew the fasteners connecting the control arms to the shock strut mount. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  31. Step 32
    How to change Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the arm.
  32. Step 33
    How to replace AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.9 TDI 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Unscrew the fasteners connecting the control arms to the shock strut mount. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  33. Step 34
    Audi A4 B6 Avant 2.5 TDI quattro 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  34. Step 35
    Changing Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T 2004 by yourself
    Remove the arm.
  35. Step 36
    How to remove AUDI A4 2.5 TDI 2001 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Compress the spring.
  36. Step 37
    How to replace Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2002: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  37. Step 38
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    Remove the top strut mount.
  38. Step 39
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  39. Step 40
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2001 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Release the coil spring.
  40. Step 41
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    Remove the spring.
  41. Step 42
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2003 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  42. Step 43
    A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2.5 TDI 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  43. Step 44
    How to change Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 2001 - tips and tricks
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  44. Step 45
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Audi A4 B6 Avant 2002 2.5 TDI Shock Absorber
    Compress the spring.
  45. Step 46
    Install the mount, the boot and the bump stop on the shock absorber.
    Step 47
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.9 TDI quattro 2003 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  46. Step 48
    How to change Shock Absorber on Audi A4 B6 Avant 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #16. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 50 nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. Professionals recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  47. Step 49
    How to replace AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.9 TDI 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Decompress the spring.
  48. Step 50
    Audi A4 B6 Avant 2.5 TDI quattro 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  49. Step 51
    Changing Shock Absorber on AUDI A4 Avant (8E5, B6) 1.8 T 2004 by yourself
    Install the control arms.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Audi A4 B6 Avant. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Position the control arm according to its mounting holes.
  50. Step 52
    Install the fastening bolt.
    Step 53
    How to remove AUDI A4 2.5 TDI 2001 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Screw in the fasteners connecting the control arms to the shock strut mount. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
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