Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.4 16V, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.4 TSI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 TDI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.4 TSI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 TDI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.4 16V, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 FSI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 TDI 4motion, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.6 FSI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.4 FSI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.4 TSI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.6, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 SDI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TFSI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 1.9 TDI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 1.6, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 FSI 4motion, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 1.6 FSI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 FSI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 2.0 TDI, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 1.6, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 1.9 TDI, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 1.9 TDI, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 1.6 FSI, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 2.0 TDI, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 2.0 TDI, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 2.0 FSI, VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 1.9 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 4motion, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 FSI 4motion, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 FSI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 1.9 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 1.6, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 16V 4motion, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TFSI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 1.6 FSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.4 TSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.4 TSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.4 16V, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 2.0 TDI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.6, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.9 TDI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 2.0 FSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 2.0 TDI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.4 16V, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.4 TSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.4 TSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.6 FSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.4 FSI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 2.0 TDI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 1.9 TDI, VW GOLF PLUS (5M1, 521) 2.0 TDI, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 2.0 TDI, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 2.0 TDI, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 1.6, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 1.6 FSI, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 2.0 FSI, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 1.9 TDI, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 2.0 TDI, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 1.6, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 1.4 TSI, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 1.9 TDI, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 2.0 TDI 16V, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 2.0 TDI, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 1.4 TSI, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 1.4 TSI, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 1.4, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 1.4 TSI, VW Golf V Variant (1K5) 2.0 TDI View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock absorber on VW GOLF 6 (5K1)  [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 6. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Drive socket # 14
Drive socket # 15
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Combination spanner #14
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #21
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Vice
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 6. Professionals recommend:
  • 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 6. Recommended sequence of steps:
  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. VW Golf 6
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 6
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  7. Step 7
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 8
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    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 6. AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the spring.
  10. Step 10
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #21. Use a tap wrench.
  11. Step 11
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #15. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 6. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
  12. Step 12
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  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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    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a combination spanner #14.
  16. Step 16
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 6. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  17. Step 17
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    Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber.
  18. Step 18
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    Fix the shock absorber mount. Use a combination spanner #14. Use a drive socket #14. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
  19. Step 19
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    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
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