Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 TDI, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.4, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.2 TSI, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.5 TDI, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.4 TSi, VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.0 TSI View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on VW POLO 5 Saloon [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) and other VW models
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Shock absorber
How to change Suspension Strut on VW Polo 5 Saloon 1.6 TDI – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Suspension Strut
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #21
HEX bit No.H6.
XZN socket bit # 14
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Drive socket # 36
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Shock absorber socket
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. Professionals 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 Polo 5. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2009 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 TDI 2010 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
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.2 TSI 2012 by yourself
    Raise up and remove the cowl grille.
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the shock strut mount cap.
  6. Step 6
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  7. Step 7
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a combination spanner #21. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 8
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  9. Step 9
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  10. Step 10
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2019 1.6 TDI by yourself
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  12. Step 12
    Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 2020 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Remove the wheel.
  13. Step 13
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    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 14
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement VW Polo 5 Saloon 2022 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2009 - free PDF and video manuals
    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut. Use a crowbar.
  17. Step 17
    How to replace VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 TDI 2010 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Loosen the fastener of the driveshaft. Use a drive socket #36. Use a tap wrench.
  18. Step 18
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    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  19. Step 19
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.2 TSI 2012 by yourself
    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use XZN #14. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench. Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. Step 20
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.Wear protective goggles.
  21. Step 21
    How to replace Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 2014: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  22. Step 22
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    Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm.
  23. Step 23
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub. Use a drive socket #36.
  24. Step 24
    Changing of Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2017 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the drive shaft.
  25. Step 25
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  26. Step 26
    Replacing Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2019 1.6 TDI by yourself
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  27. Step 27
    Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 2020 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    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.
  28. Step 28
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 2021 - tips and tricks
    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  29. Step 29
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement VW Polo 5 Saloon 2022 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts.
  30. Step 30
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.2 TDI 2023 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Remove the suspension strut.
  31. Step 31
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2009 - free PDF and video manuals
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. Tip from AUTODOC:
    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.
  32. Step 32
    How to replace VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 TDI 2010 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Compress the spring.
  33. Step 33
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  34. Step 34
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.2 TSI 2012 by yourself
    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench.
  35. Step 35
    How to remove VW POLO 1.6 2013 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the top strut mount.
  36. Step 36
    How to replace Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 2014: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Release the coil spring.
  37. Step 37
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    Remove the spring.
  38. Step 38
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    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  39. Step 39
    Changing of Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2017 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  40. Step 40
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    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  41. Step 41
    Replacing Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2019 1.6 TDI by yourself
    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  42. Step 42
    Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 2020 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  43. Step 43
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 2021 - tips and tricks
    Compress the spring.
  44. Step 44
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement VW Polo 5 Saloon 2022 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  45. Step 45
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.2 TDI 2023 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #21. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Polo 5. Tip:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  46. Step 46
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW Polo 5 Saloon 2009 - free PDF and video manuals
    Decompress the spring.
  47. Step 47
    How to replace VW Polo Saloon (602, 604, 612, 614) 1.6 TDI 2010 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
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