Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 16V, VW POLO (9N_) 1.9 TDI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 TDI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 16V, VW POLO (9N_) 1.2 12V, VW POLO (9N_) 1.9 SDI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.2, VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 16V, VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 FSI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.9 TDI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 TDI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 TDI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.8 GTI, VW POLO (9N_) 1.6 16V, VW POLO (9N_) 1.2, VW POLO (9N_) 1.2 12V, VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Polo 9N. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Drive socket # 15
Drive socket # 16
Combination spanner #16
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Vice
Shock absorber socket
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Polo 9N. 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 Polo 9N. Take the following 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:
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  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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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 8
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    Support the rear suspension beam. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  10. Step 10
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    Remove the mounting from under the rear axle beam.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Polo 9N. Tip:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  11. Step 11
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Polo 9N. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    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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    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
  14. Step 14
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    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a drive socket #15. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 16
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Polo 9N. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them 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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    Screw the shock strut piston rod upper fastening. Use a drive socket #15. Use a shock absorber socket. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
  19. Step 19
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    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
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