Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.6, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.9 SDI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.4 16V, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.8, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.8 T, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 2.3 V5, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 2.0, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.6 16V, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 2.3 V5, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.8 T GTI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.6 FSI, VW Golf IV Hatchback (1J1) 1.6 View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock absorber on VW GOLF 4 (1J1)  [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 4. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #21
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Vice
Locking pliers
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 4. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • 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.
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 4. Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  2. Step 3
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  3. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 4. Professionals recommend:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6.1
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners.
    Step 6.2
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    Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  6. Step 7
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    Support the rear suspension beam. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #21. Use a drive socket #21. Use a tap wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the shock absorber while unscrewing the fastening bolts. VW Golf 4
  8. Step 9
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  9. Step 10
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    Remove the mounting from under the rear axle beam.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    VW Golf 4 – Do not lower the transmission jack sharply to avoid damaging components and mechanisms of the car.
  10. Step 11
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 12
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  12. Step 13
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    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
  13. Step 14
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    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount. Use a crowbar.
  14. Step 15
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    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  15. Step 16
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a combination spanner #16. Use locking pliers.
  16. Step 17
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 4. 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.
  17. Step 18
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    Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber.
  18. Step 19
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    Screw the shock strut piston rod upper fastening. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
  19. Step 20
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    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
  20. Step 21
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    Install the protective cap of the shock absorber mount.
  21. Step 22
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    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
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