Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI 4motion, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 4motion

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on VW PASSAT B6 (3C5) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for Passat Variant (3C5) and other VW models
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Shock Absorber
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Suspension Strut
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VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI
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VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI
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VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 4motion
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – Passat B6 3C Variant. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
HEX bit no.H6.
XZN socket bit # 14
12-point socket # 24
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Shock absorber socket
Pin punch
Tap wrench
Clip removal tool
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat 3C5. 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 – Passat Variant B6. Use the following procedure:
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