Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to replace front suspension arm / front control arm on AUDI A3 1 (8L1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Required tools:
Required tools:
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
HEX bit No.H8.
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Wire brush
Torque wrench
Wheel impact socket #17
Hydraulic transmission jack
Crow bar
Wheel chock
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AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • 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 front 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
    Disconnect the transverse stabilizer fastener from the link. Use a drive socket #16.Use HEX No.H8.
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    Step 7
    Turn the stabilizer.
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    Step 8
    Unscrew the ball joint fastening nut.Use a combination spanner #18.
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    Step 9
    Unscrew the front arm fastener. Use a drive socket #16.
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    Step 10
    Unscrew the rear arm fastener. Use a drive socket #18.
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    Step 11
    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle.
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    Step 12
    Remove the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    If necessary, use a crowbar.
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    Step 13
    Clean all joints of the arm.Use a wire brush.Treat all joints of the arm.Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Wear protective goggles.
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    Step 14
    Install a new arm.
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    Step 15
    Insert the ball joint into the steering knuckle and fix it with a new nut.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Do not damage the ball joint cover.
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    Step 16
    Install the front fastener of the arm.Do not tighten it.
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    Step 17
    Install the rear fastener of the arm.
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    Step 18
    Tighten the ball joint fastening nut.Use a combination spanner #18.
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    Step 19
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 20
    Screw the front arm fastener. Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 70 nm torque.
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    Step 21
    Screw the rear arm fastener. Use a drive socket #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 50 nm torque.
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    Step 22
    Tighten the ball joint fastening nut.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 60 nm torque.
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    Step 23
    install the rod fastening to the stabilizer and tighten it.Use a drive socket #16.Use HEX No.H8.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 30 nm torque.
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    Step 24
    Clean the wheel rim mounting seat. Use a wire brush.Treat the contacting surface.Use copper grease.
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    Step 25
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 26
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 27
    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 28
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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