How to replace a front shock strut on VW GOLF 6 (5K1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]


Required tools:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18 Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18 Drive socket # 21
12-point socket # 24 HEX bit No.H6.
XZN socket bit # 6
Shock absorber socket Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench Flat chisel
Hammer
Tap wrench
Crow bar Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock 1. Raise the front of the car and secure on supports. 2. Unscrew the wheel bolts.
Use wheel impact socket #17. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts. 3. Remove the hub bearing protection cap. Please note!
Some cars are not equipped with wheel hub caps. 4. Screw in the wheel bolts.
Use wheel impact socket #17. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts. 5. Loosen the wheel hub bolt.
Use drive 12-point socket #24.
Use a tap wrench. 6. Remove the cowl grille seal.
Raise the wiper plastic cowl grille. 7. Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #13.
Use a ratchet wrench. 8. Unscrew the wheel bolts. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts. 9. Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
Use a crowbar. 10. Clean the fasteners connecting the stabiliser link to the shock strut, and those connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush.
Use WD-40 spray. 11. Unscrew the nut and remove the stabilizer rod from the shock strut. Use a combination spanner #16.
Use XZN #6.
Use a ratchet wrench. 12. Unscrew the fastener connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub. Use drive 12-point socket #24. 13. Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a drive socket #16.
Use a ratchet wrench. 14. Prop up the steering knuckle.
Use a hydraulic transmission jack. 15. Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm.
Use a crowbar. 16. Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #18.
Use a combination spanner #18.
Use a tap wrench. 17. Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm. AUTODOC recommends:
Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms. 18. Remove the drive shaft from the wheel hub. 19. 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. 20. Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut. Use a flat metal-working chisel.
Use a hammer. 21. Prop up the steering knuckle.
Use a hydraulic transmission jack. AUTODOC recommends:
Make sure that the steering knuckle is not released from load. 22. Unscrew the upper fastening of the shock absorber strut. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts. 23. Remove the suspension strut. 24. 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. 25. Compress the spring. 26. Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush.
Use WD-40 spray. 27. Remove the strut piston rod nut.
Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H6.
Use a ratchet wrench. 28. Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop. 29. Release the coil spring. 30. Remove the spring. 31. Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor. AUTODOC recommends:
Τhoroughly examine the shock absorber mount, dust boot, bump stop. Replace them if necessary. Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times. 32. Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor. 33. Install the spring on the shock absorber. 34. Compress the spring. 35. Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber. 36. Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut.
Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 60 Nm torque. AUTODOC recommends:
Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment. 37. Decompress the spring. 38. Remove the assembled shock strut. 39. Install the shock strut into the wheel arch. 40. Secure the upper fasteners of the shock strut.
Do not tighten it. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when screwing the fastening bolts in. 41. Install and tighten a new bolt of the steering knuckle.
Use a drive socket #18. Use a combination spanner #18.
Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 105 Nm torque. 42. Remove the support from under the steering knuckle. 43. Mount the drive shaft into the
wheel hub. 44. Attach the ball joint to the control arm. 45. Tighten the ball joint fastening nut.
Use a drive socket #16. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 55 Nm torque. 46. Secure the stabilizer link on the suspension strut.
Use a combination spanner #16. Use XZN #6. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 60 Nm torque. 47. Connect the fastener of the ABS sensor cable to the shock absorber strut. Fasten the brake hose on the strut. 48. Clean the wheel rim mounting seat.
Use a wire brush. Treat the contacting surface.
Use copper grease. 49. Screw in the wheel bolts.
Use wheel impact socket #17. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts. 50. Lower the car. 51. Tighten the shock strut top mount.
Use a drive socket #13. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 30 Nm torque. 52. Install and secure the cowl grille. 53. Tighten the bolt connecting the drive shaft to the wheel hub. Use drive 12-point socket #24.
Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 80 Nm torque. 54. Tighten the wheel bolts using a criss-cross pattern. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 120 Nm torque. 55. Install the hub bearing protection cap.

10 thoughts on “How to replace a front shock strut on VW GOLF 6 (5K1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

  1. The Polo 9N3 is easier and straight forward with the Golf Mk6 there to many bolts but I would be able to do it after watching this video

  2. Hello guys!
    Could you help me?
    I have a BMW E60 525i 2008 and need to replace part number 61359134707
    PASSIVE CONTROL UNIT
    Could someone tell me where it is located?
    I already looked in the trunk and the rear speakers area, but I could not find it!
    I appreciate if you can help me.
    Thanks!

  3. This is exactly what I will be doing today, Thank you because I have to go buy that 12 point socket before I start and have no way to get to the store

  4. Is this any different at all from the Mk5? (apart from I see they have gone back to cheap pressed steel lower arms rather than the Mk5's forged ones)

  5. 80nm for the axle bolt doesn't seem correct (under-tightened). Also, aren't you supposed to replace these bolts every time?

  6. The service manual says not to undo the CV axle nut more than 90 degrees (1:33) with the weight of the vehicle on the wheel bearing as it can cause damage.

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