Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.9 TDI, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.6, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2.0, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2.3 VR5, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.8 T 20V, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2.5 TDI, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2.0, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2.5 TDI, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2.0 TDI, VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.8 T View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on VW PASSAT 5 (B5) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for PASSAT Variant (3B6) and other VW models
How to change Shock absorber on Passat 3B6 1.9 TDI – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Shock absorber
How to change Suspension Strut on Passat 3B6 1.9 TDI – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Suspension Strut
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat B5 Variant. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 15
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
HEX bit no.H6.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Pin punch
Hammer
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat B5 Variant. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • 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 – VW Passat B5 Variant. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the hood.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.9 TDI 2001 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 cowl grille seal.
  4. Step 4
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    Raise up and remove the cowl grille.
  5. Step 5
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  6. Step 6
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    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
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    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. VW Passat B5 Variant
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2004 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Remove the wheel.
  12. Step 12
    PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.6 2005 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 13
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2000 - tips and tricks
    Unscrew the upper control arm fasteners (2 pieces). Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16.
  14. Step 14
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Passat 3B6 2001 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a pin punch. Use a hammer.
  15. Step 15
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    Detach the upper control arm from the steering knuckle (2 pieces). Use a crowbar.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 17
    How to replace VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.9 TDI 2001 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar. Use a combination spanner #16 (2 pieces).
  18. Step 18
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer bar with the control arm. Use a combination spanner #16 (2 pieces).
  19. Step 19
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    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  20. Step 20
    How to remove VW PASSAT 1.6 2004 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Clean the shock strut fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  21. Step 21
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber strut. Use a drive socket #18. Use a combination spanner #18.
  22. Step 22
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Passat 3B6 2.0 TDI 2000 - download illustrated guide
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  23. Step 23
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    Detach the bottom part of the shock strut. Use a crowbar.
  24. Step 24
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2002 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat B5 Variant. Tip from AUTODOC:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts.
  25. Step 25
    VW PASSAT 1.9 TDI Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Remove the suspension strut.
  26. Step 26
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2004 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  27. Step 27
    PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.6 2005 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #13.
  28. Step 28
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2000 - tips and tricks
    Remove the upper shock absorber mount assembled with the control arms.
  29. Step 29
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Passat 3B6 2001 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat B5 Variant. AUTODOC experts 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.
  30. Step 30
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    Compress the spring.
  31. Step 31
    How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  32. Step 32
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  33. Step 33
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    Remove the top strut mount. Use a crowbar.
  34. Step 34
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2.0 2003 by yourself
    Release the coil spring.
  35. Step 35
    How to remove VW PASSAT 1.6 2004 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the spring.
  36. Step 36
    How to replace Shock Absorber on VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2005: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat B5 Variant. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  37. Step 37
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Passat 3B6 2.0 TDI 2000 - download illustrated guide
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat B5 Variant. Professionals recommend:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  38. Step 38
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    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  39. Step 39
    Changing of Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2002 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  40. Step 40
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    Compress the spring.
  41. Step 41
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2004 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  42. Step 42
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  43. Step 43
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 2000 - tips and tricks
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #18. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 50 nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat B5 Variant. AUTODOC recommends:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  44. Step 44
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Passat 3B6 2001 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Decompress the spring.
  45. Step 45
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.9 TDI 4motion 2002 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  46. Step 46
    How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3B6 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  47. Step 47
    How to replace VW PASSAT Variant (3B6) 1.9 TDI 2001 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Install the upper shock absorber mount assembled with the control arms.
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