Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI, VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on VW PASSAT B6 (3C5) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Replacement: suspension strut – Passat B6 3C Variant. Tools you'll need:
Replacement: suspension strut – Passat B6 3C Variant. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
HEX bit no.H6.
XZN socket bit # 14
12-point socket # 24
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Shock absorber socket
Pin punch
Tap wrench
Clip removal tool
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for Passat Variant (3C5) and other VW models
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Shock Absorber
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VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI
VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI
How to change Suspension Strut on Passat 3C 2.0 TDI – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Suspension Strut
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VW Passat Saloon (3C2) 2.0 TDI
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Suspension Strut on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI
VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI
Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat 3C5. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • Both shock struts of the front suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock struts of the front suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: suspension strut – Passat Variant B6. Use the following procedure:
  1. How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2005 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
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    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
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    Step 3
    Detach the windscreen washer nozzle hose.Use a clip removal tool.
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    Step 4
    Remove the clips of the plastic cowl grille.
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    Step 5
    Raise the wiper plastic cowl grille.
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    Step 6
    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  7. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Passat 3C 1.4 TSI EcoFuel 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Step 7
    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount.Use a drive socket #13.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 8
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  9. Changing of Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2007 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 9
    Loosen the wheel hub bolt.Use drive 12-point socket #24.Use a tap wrench.
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    Step 10
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 11
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
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    Step 12
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. VW Passat B6 3C Variant
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    Step 13
    Remove the wheel.
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    Step 14
    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 15
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut.Use a drive socket #18.Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2005 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 16
    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  17. How to replace VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 2006 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 17
    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.Use a crowbar.
  18. Passat 3C 2.0 TDI 16V 2007 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 18
    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  19. Changing Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 FSI 2008 by yourself
    Step 19
    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle.Use a drive socket #18.Use XZN #14. Use a tap wrench.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 20
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use drive 12-point socket #24.
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    Step 21
    Clean all joints of the arm.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  22. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Passat 3C 1.4 TSI EcoFuel 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Step 22
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm.Use a drive socket #16.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 23
    Disconnect the ball joint from the arm. Use a crowbar.
  24. Changing of Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2007 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 24
    Remove the drive shaft. Use a pin punch.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Passat 3C5. Tip:
    Make sure that the drive shaft is not unloaded (when the car is jacked).
  25. VW PASSAT 2.0 TDI Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 25
    Prop up the steering knuckle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 26
    Remove the fastening bolt.
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    Step 27
    Release the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a special drive socket to remove the shock absorber.Use a ratchet wrench.
  28. How to change Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2005 - tips and tricks
    Step 28
    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 29
    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
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    Step 30
    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts. VW Passat Variant B6
    Step 31
    Remove the suspension strut.
    Step 32
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Passat B6 3C Variant. Tip from AUTODOC:
    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.
  31. How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2005 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 33
    Compress the spring.
  32. How to replace VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 2006 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 34
    Treat the shock strut rod.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 35
    Remove the strut piston rod nut.Use HEX No.H6.Use a drive socket #21.Use a ratchet wrench.
  34. Changing Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 FSI 2008 by yourself
    Step 36
    Remove the top strut mount.
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    Step 37
    Release the coil spring.
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    Step 38
    Remove the spring.
  37. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Passat 3C 1.4 TSI EcoFuel 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Step 39
    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat 3C5. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
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    Step 40
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat 3C5. AUTODOC recommends:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  39. Changing of Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2007 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 41
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
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    Step 42
    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
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    Step 43
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
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    Step 44
    Compress the spring.
    Step 45
    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
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    Step 46
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #19.Use HEX No.H6.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat 3C B6 Variant. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  44. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Passat 3C 2006 2.0 TDI 4motion Shock Absorber
    Step 47
    Treat the shock strut rod.Use copper grease.
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    Step 48
    Decompress the spring.
  46. How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2005 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 49
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
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    Step 50
    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
  48. Passat 3C 2.0 TDI 16V 2007 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 51
    Screw the top fastening of the shock strut mount.Do not tighten it.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Passat B6 3C Variant. Tip from AUTODOC:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when screwing the fastening bolts in.
  49. Changing Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 FSI 2008 by yourself
    Step 52
    Clean the mounting seats of the shock strut.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  50. How to remove VW PASSAT 2.0 TDI 4motion 2009 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 53
    Fix the shock absorber strut on the steering knuckle.
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    Step 54
    Install the fastening bolt.
  52. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Passat 3C 1.4 TSI EcoFuel 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Step 55
    Screw in the fastener that connects the shock strut to the steering knuckle.Use a drive socket #18.Use XZN #14. Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 56
    Clean the splines of the drive shaft CV joint. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  54. Changing of Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2007 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 57
    Remove the support from under the steering knuckle.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – Passat Variant B6. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
  55. VW PASSAT 2.0 TDI Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 58
    Mount the drive shaft into the wheel hub.
  56. Replacing Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2009 2.0 TDI by yourself
    Step 59
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  57. Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 4motion 2010 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 60
    Attach the ball joint to the control arm.
  58. How to change Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2005 - tips and tricks
    Step 61
    Tighten the ball joint fastener. Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 55 Nm torque.
  59. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Passat 3C 2006 2.0 TDI 4motion Shock Absorber
    Step 62
    Tighten the lower fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle.Use XZN #14. Use a drive socket #18.Use a ratchet wrench.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 90 Nm torque.
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    Step 63
    Connect the fastener of the ABS sensor cable to the shock absorber strut.Fasten the brake hose on the strut.Use a crowbar.
  61. How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2005 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 64
    Ιnstall the transverse stabilizer link.
  62. How to replace VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 2006 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 65
    Tighten the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut.Use a drive socket #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
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    Step 66
    Install and tighten the drive shaft bolt.Use drive 12-point socket #24.Use a ratchet wrench.
  64. Changing Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 FSI 2008 by yourself
    Step 67
    Treat all joints of the arm.Treat the shock strut fasteners.Use copper grease.
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    Step 68
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
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    Step 69
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    Replacement: suspension strut – VW Passat 3C5. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  67. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Passat 3C 1.4 TSI EcoFuel 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Step 70
    Install the wheel.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Passat Variant B6. Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 71
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 72
    Lower the car.
  70. VW PASSAT 2.0 TDI Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 73
    Tighten the upper fastener of the shock absorber strut mount.Use a drive socket #13.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 40 Nm torque.
  71. Replacing Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2009 2.0 TDI by yourself
    Step 74
    Treat the fasteners of the shock strut mount.Use copper grease.
    Step 75
    Install and secure the cowl grille.
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    Step 76
    Install the fasteners of the wiper plastic cowl grille.
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    Step 77
    Attach the windscreen washer nozzle hose.
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    Step 78
    Tighten the wheel bolts using a criss-cross pattern.Use wheel impact socket #17.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 Nm torque.
  75. DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on VW Passat Variant (3C5) 1.9 TDI 2007 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 79
    Tighten the bolt connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub.Use drive 12-point socket #24.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 155 Nm torque.
  76. How to change Shock Absorber on Passat 3C 2005 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 80
    Remove the fender protection cover.
  77. How to replace VW Passat Variant (3C5) 2.0 TDI 2006 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 81
    Close the hood.
  78. Passat 3C 2.0 TDI 16V 2007 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 82
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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