Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 35 TDI, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) S3 quattro, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2.0 TDI quattro, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 1.4 TFSI, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 1.6 TDI, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 1.8 TFSI, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2.0 TDI, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2.0 TDI, AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 1.4 TFSI View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

All the parts you need to replace – Control Arm for A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) and other AUDI models
How to change Suspension arm on Audi A3 8V Sportback 2.0 TDI – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Suspension arm
How to change Link Set, wheel suspension on Audi A3 8V Sportback 2.0 TDI – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Link Set, wheel suspension
How to change Rod / Strut, wheel suspension on Audi A3 8V Sportback 2.0 TDI – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Rod / Strut, wheel suspension
Tools
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 2
    How to change Control Arm on Audi A3 8V Sportback 2012 - free PDF and video manuals
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  2. Step 3
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 4
    How to replace AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2.0 TDI 2013 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA)
  3. Step 5
    Audi A3 8V Sportback 1.6 TDI 2014 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the wheel.
  4. Step 6
    Changing Control Arm on AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2.0 TDI quattro 2015 by yourself
    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  5. Step 7
    How to remove AUDI A3 1.4 TFSI 2016 Control Arm - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Make a mark on the camber adjustment bolt.
  6. Step 8
    How to replace Control Arm on AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2017: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Unscrew the arm fastening to the beam. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 9
    How hard is it to do yourself: Control Arm replacement on Audi A3 8V Sportback RS3 2.5 quattro 2018 - download illustrated guide
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  8. Step 10
    Need to know how to renew Control Arm on AUDI A3 2019? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Loosen the fastener that connects the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  9. Step 11
    Changing of Control Arm on Audi A3 8V Sportback 2020 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a crowbar.
  10. Step 12
    AUDI A3 2.0 TDI Control Arm replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Tip:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  11. Step 13
    Replacing Control Arm on Audi A3 8V Sportback 2022 2.0 TDI by yourself
    Remove the spring.
  12. Step 14
    A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 1.4 TFSI 2023 Control Arm DIY replacement workshop manual
    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.
  13. Step 15
    How to change Control Arm on AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2024 - tips and tricks
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  14. Step 16
    Remove the arm.
    Step 17
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Audi A3 8V Sportback 2012 1.4 TFSI Control Arm
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  15. Step 18
    DIY replacement of Control Arm on AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) S3 2.0 quattro 2013 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Install a new arm.
    Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.
  16. Step 19
    How to change Control Arm on Audi A3 8V Sportback 2012 - free PDF and video manuals
    Install the fastening bolt.
  17. Step 20
    How to replace AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 2.0 TDI 2013 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the coil spring mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 21
    Audi A3 8V Sportback 1.6 TDI 2014 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Install the coil spring together with the rubber mounts into the mounting seats.
Was this manual helpful?
Please rate this manual on a scale from 1 to 5. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us.
Users voted – 0
Your profile is your personal assistant.

It can track car expenses, keep a car log and replacement schedule, and save favourite materials, notes and documents

Install the AUTODOC CLUB app!
Your personal car expenses manager, maintenance tips, reminders about upcoming appointments and service intervals, DIY repair instructions – all this on your phone.
AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) Control Arm replace by yourself - Scan QR-code and download AUTODOC CLUB app
Scan

To download the app:

  • - scan the QR code
  • - download from App Store
  • - download from Google Play
DIY AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) Control Arm replacement - online guide
Tips & tricks for your AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF)
View more
  • How to change Control arm on AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) S3 2.0 quattro - replacement tricks
    How to Make a DIY Foam Sprayer | AUTODOC tips
  • Changing Wishbone Audi A3 8V Sportback 2.0 TDI - Replacement Tips
    What to do if the airbag light is on | AUTODOC tips
  • Maintenance Hacks - AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA, 8VF) 1.6 TDI Control arms replacement guide
    Top 5 brake repair mistakes | AUTODOC tips
  • Replace Trailing arm on Audi A3 8V Sportback - free video tips
    How to start a car after a long idle period | AUTODOC tips

Professional manuals for the most common AUDI models