Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.9 TD, GTD, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.9 TDI, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.4, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.6, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.8, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.8, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.4, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.6, VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.9 TDI View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock strut on VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 3 (1H1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for GOLF III (1H1) and other VW models
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Golf 3. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #17
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 17
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Shock absorber socket #DD5,2
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Golf 3. AUTODOC recommends:
  • Both shock struts of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock struts of the rear suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Golf 3. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the boot lid.
  2. Step 2
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    Move the folding shelf and detach it from the retainers. By doing this, you will get access to the side trim plastic panels.
  3. Step 3
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the side plastic trim panel. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  4. Step 4
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    Remove the side plastic cover.
  5. Step 5
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  6. Step 6
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a shock absorber socket #DD5,2. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 7
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  8. Step 8
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  9. Step 9
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  10. Step 10
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. VW Golf 3
  11. Step 11
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    Remove the wheel.
  12. Step 12
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    Clean the shock strut fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 13
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    Support the rear suspension beam. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  14. Step 14
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber strut. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a drive socket #17. Use a tap wrench.
  15. Step 15
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    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Golf 3. Tip from AUTODOC:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Shock Absorber on Golf 3 1991 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the mounting from under the rear axle beam.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  17. Step 17
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  18. Step 18
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  19. Step 19
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Note that when using a spring compressor, spring coils need to be securely gripped, compressing the spring on the opposite sides.Ensure the correct position of the spring in the retainer.Make sure that the spring coils tightly entered the lock handles.
  20. Step 20
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  21. Step 21
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    Compress the spring.
  22. Step 22
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a shock absorber socket #DD5,2. Use a ratchet wrench.
  23. Step 23
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    Remove the top strut mount.
  24. Step 24
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    Release the coil spring.
  25. Step 25
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    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Golf 3. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  26. Step 26
    Replacing Shock Absorber on Golf 3 1993 2.8 VR6 by yourself
    Remove the spring.
  27. Step 27
    GOLF III (1H1) 1.6 1994 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  28. Step 28
    How to change Shock Absorber on VW GOLF III (1H1) 1995 - tips and tricks
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  29. Step 29
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  30. Step 30
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    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  31. Step 31
    How to change Shock Absorber on Golf 3 1991 - free PDF and video manuals
    Compress the spring.
  32. Step 32
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  33. Step 33
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a shock absorber socket #DD5,2. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 35 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Golf 3. AUTODOC recommends:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  34. Step 34
    Changing Shock Absorber on VW GOLF III (1H1) 1.9 TDI 1994 by yourself
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
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