Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.9 TDI 4motion, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.6 BiFuel, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 4motion, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 16V 4motion, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.4, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.6, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.9 TDI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 EcoFuel, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.4, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.9 TDI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.2 TSI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.2 TSI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.6 TDI, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 4motion, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.6 TDI View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on VW CADDY 3 Van [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Caddy 3 van. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #10
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 21
Drive socket # 27
Shock absorber socket
XZN bit # 14
HEX bit No.H6
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Caddy 3 van. 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 – VW Caddy 3 van – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2004 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.9 TDI 2005 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Remove the seal of the windscreen wiper scuttle tray.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 4motion 2007 by yourself
    Clean the fasteners of the windscreen wiper scuttle tray. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  5. Step 5
    How to remove VW CADDY 1.6 2008 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Unscrew the fasteners of the windscreen wiper scuttle tray. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2009: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the windscreen wiper scuttle tray.
  7. Step 7
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on VW Caddy Mk3 2.0 TDI 16V 2010 - download illustrated guide
    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  8. Step 8
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    Loosen the upper fasteners of the suspension strut. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  9. Step 9
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 10
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    Loosen the fastener of the driveshaft. Use a drive socket #27. Use a tap wrench.
  10. Step 11
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  11. Step 12
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  12. Step 13
    Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.6 2015 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. VW Caddy 3 van
  13. Step 14
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    Remove the wheel.
  14. Step 15
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement VW Caddy Mk3 2005 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  15. Step 16
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a drive socket #19. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 17
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2004 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  17. Step 18
    How to replace VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.9 TDI 2005 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the brake hose bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 19
    VW Caddy Mk3 1.6 TDI 2006 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Disconnect the brake hose mounting bracket. Detach the ABS wiring harness bracket. Use a combination spanner #10.
  19. Step 20
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 4motion 2007 by yourself
    Clean the lower fastener connecting the suspension strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  20. Step 21
    How to remove VW CADDY 1.6 2008 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #18. Use XZN #14. Use a tap wrench.
  21. Step 22
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub. Use a drive socket #27. Use a ratchet wrench.
  22. Step 23
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  23. Step 24
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    Clean the fasteners connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  24. Step 25
    Changing of Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2012 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  25. Step 26
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    Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm.
  26. Step 27
    Replacing Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2014 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Detach the driveshaft from the steering knuckle.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Caddy 3 van. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Make sure that the drive shaft is not unloaded (when the car is jacked).
  27. Step 28
    Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.6 2015 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  28. Step 29
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2004 - tips and tricks
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  29. Step 30
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement VW Caddy Mk3 2005 1.6 Shock Absorber
    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.
  30. Step 31
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 SDI 2006 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  31. Step 32
    Unscrew the upper fasteners of the shock strut.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    VW Caddy 3 van – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
    Step 33
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2004 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the suspension strut.
  32. Step 34
    How to replace VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.9 TDI 2005 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Caddy 3 van. 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.
  33. Step 35
    VW Caddy Mk3 1.6 TDI 2006 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Compress the spring.
  34. Step 36
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 4motion 2007 by yourself
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  35. Step 37
    How to remove VW CADDY 1.6 2008 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  36. Step 38
    How to replace Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2009: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the top strut mount.
  37. Step 39
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on VW Caddy Mk3 2.0 TDI 16V 2010 - download illustrated guide
    Release the coil spring.
  38. Step 40
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    Remove the spring.
  39. Step 41
    Changing of Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2012 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Caddy 3 van. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  40. Step 42
    VW CADDY 1.9 TDI Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Caddy 3 van. Tip:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  41. Step 43
    Replacing Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2014 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  42. Step 44
    Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.6 2015 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  43. Step 45
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2004 - tips and tricks
    Compress the spring.
  44. Step 46
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement VW Caddy Mk3 2005 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber.
  45. Step 47
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 SDI 2006 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Caddy 3 van. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  46. Step 48
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Caddy Mk3 2004 - free PDF and video manuals
    Decompress the spring.
  47. Step 49
    How to replace VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 1.9 TDI 2005 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  48. Step 50
    VW Caddy Mk3 1.6 TDI 2006 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  49. Step 51
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW Caddy III Van (2KA, 2KH, 2CA, 2CH) 2.0 TDI 4motion 2007 by yourself
    Treat the shock strut mounting seat on the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
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