Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW POLO (9N_) 1.4 16V

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to replace rear shock absorber on VW POLO 4 (9N)  [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Required tools:
Required tools:
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
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.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
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    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:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
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    Step 5
    Remove the wheel.
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    Step 6
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 7
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber.Use a combination spanner #16.Use a drive socket #16.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 8
    Support the rear suspension beam. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 9
    Remove the fastening bolt.
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    Step 10
    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.
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    Step 11
    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #16.Use a ratchet wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
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    Step 12
    Remove the shock absorber.
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    Step 13
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
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    Step 14
    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 15
    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening.Use a drive socket #15.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 16
    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    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 17
    Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber.
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    Step 18
    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 42 Nm torque.
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    Step 19
    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 20
    Treat the shock absorber mounting seats. Use copper grease.
    Step 21
    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
    Step 22
    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and secure it.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber cautiously tight when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 23
    Screw the upper fastener of the shock absorber.Use a drive socket #16.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Install the shock absorber mount using the center hole as a guide.
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    Step 24
    Support the rear suspension beam. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 25
    Install the fastening bolt.
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    Step 26
    Tighten the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #16.Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 75 Nm torque.
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    Step 27
    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.
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    Step 28
    Tighten the top shock absorber fastening.Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 58 Nm torque.
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    Step 29
    Treat the shock absorber fasteners. Use copper grease.
    Step 30
    Clean the wheel rim mounting seat. Use a wire brush.
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    Step 31
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
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    Step 32
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 33
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 34
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 nm torque.
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    Step 35
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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