Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) S3 quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T quattro View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock absorber on AUDI A3 1 (8L1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8L1. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Drive socket # 16
Combination spanner #16
Torque wrench
Adjustable wrench
Wheel impact socket #17
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8L1. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • Both shock absorbers of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock absorbers of the rear suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 3
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Audi A3 8L1
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 6
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  7. Step 7
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  8. Step 8
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #16.
  9. Step 9
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8L1. Tip:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
  10. Step 10
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    Remove the support from under the rear arm.
  11. Step 11
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  12. Step 12
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    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount.
  13. Step 13
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    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 14
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a combination spanner #16. Use an adjustable wrench.
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8L1. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Τhoroughly examine the shock absorber mount, dust boot, bump stop. Replace them if necessary.Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  16. Step 16
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    Install the boot and a bump stop onto the shock absorber.
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