Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 1.6, VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.6, VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 1.6

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock absorber on VW GOLF 5 (1K1)  [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. Tools you need:
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #21
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Locking pliers
Vice
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for Golf V Hatchback (1K1) and other VW models
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Shock Absorber
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VW TOURAN (1T1, 1T2) 1.6
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Shock Absorber on VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.6
VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.6
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VW Jetta Mk5 (1K) 1.6
Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. AUTODOC recommends:
  • 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.
  • Warning! Shut down the engine before starting any work – VW Golf 5.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. How to change Shock Absorber on Golf 5 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
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    Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 3
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
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    Step 4
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. VW Golf 5
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    Step 5
    Remove the wheel.
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    Step 6
    Clean all joints of the arm.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 7
    Make a mark on the camber adjustment bolt.
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    Step 8
    Unscrew the arm fastening to the beam.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a drive socket #18.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 9
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 10
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a crowbar.
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    Step 11
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
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    Step 12
    Take out the spring.
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    Step 13
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 14
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber.Use a drive socket #21.Use a tap wrench.
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    Step 15
    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #10.Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
  16. How to change Shock Absorber on Golf 5 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 16
    Remove the shock absorber.
  17. How to replace VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.9 TDI 2004 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 17
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
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    Step 18
    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount. Use a crowbar.
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    Step 19
    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 20
    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening.Use a combination spanner #16.Use locking pliers.
  21. How to replace Shock Absorber on VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2008: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 21
    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. Tip:
    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.
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    Step 22
    Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber.
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    Step 23
    Screw the shock strut piston rod upper fastening.Use a combination spanner #16.Use a drive socket #16.Use locking pliers. Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 30 Nm torque.
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    Step 24
    Treat the shock absorber rod fastener.Use copper grease.
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    Step 25
    Install the protective cap of the shock absorber mount.
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    Step 26
    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
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    Step 27
    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and secure it.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. Tip from AUTODOC:
    To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber cautiously tight when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  28. How to change Shock Absorber on VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2008 - tips and tricks
    Step 28
    Screw the upper fastener of the shock absorber.Use a drive socket #10.
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    Step 29
    Tighten the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #21.Use a drive socket #21.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 90 Nm torque.
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    Step 30
    Install the coil spring together with the rubber mounts into the mounting seats. Use a crowbar.
  31. How to change Shock Absorber on Golf 5 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 31
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 32
    Install the fastening bolt.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Adjust the position of the alignment bolt according to the mark.
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    Step 33
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
  34. Changing Shock Absorber on VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 1.6 FSI 2006 by yourself
    Step 34
    Screw in the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear subframe. Use a combination spanner #18.Use a drive socket #18.
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    Step 35
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 36
    Tighten the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear subframe. Use a combination spanner #18.Use a drive socket #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 95 Nm torque.
  37. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Golf 5 2.0 TDI 2009 - download illustrated guide
    Step 37
    Tighten the top shock absorber fastening.Use a drive socket #10.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 50 Nm torque.
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    Step 38
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  39. Changing of Shock Absorber on Golf 5 2004 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 39
    Treat the shock absorber fasteners. Treat all joints of the arm.Use copper grease.
  40. VW GOLF 1.9 TDI Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 40
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
  41. Replacing Shock Absorber on Golf 5 2006 1.9 TDI by yourself
    Step 41
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  42. Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 TDI 16V 2007 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 42
    Install the wheel.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – VW Golf 5. Professionals recommend:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  43. How to change Shock Absorber on VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2008 - tips and tricks
    Step 43
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  44. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Golf 5 2009 2.0 TDI 16V Shock Absorber
    Step 44
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 nm torque.
  45. DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on VW Golf V Hatchback (1K1) 2.0 GTI 2003 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 45
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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