How to fit a front shock absorber on a AUDI A4

This video details the steps you must follow in order to fit a Monroe Front Shock Absorber on a AUDI A4. Learn how to remove a Front shock absorber from a AUDI A4 and how to place it back. This video will show you the tools you need to fit or replace a Monroe shock absorber on the front axle of a AUDI A4.

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Please Note: This video is for guidance only and intended exclusively for professional technicians. Shock absorbers and struts are safety- critical components of a vehicle. Monroe recommends inspection & replacement of shock absorbers and struts only by trained professionals within a workshop environment, respecting all aspects of health & safety.

SUSPENSION / SHOCK ABSORBER > MOUNTING / DEMOUNTING

AUDI – A4

SUSPENSION / SHOCK ABSORBER -> MOUNTING / DEMOUNTING
Procedure info
Description: Front shock absorbers removal/refitting
Month/Year: 12/2000 -> 02/2006
Vehicle data
Vehicle: AUDI – A4 8E
Month/Year: 12/2000 -> 02/2006
Engine code:
Procedure details

Front shock absorber refitting

1) KEY TO SIMBOLS

2) Equipment

Special tools TOOL CODE
Spring compressor
Torque wrench
Engine lifting jack.
SPECIAL TOOL VAG 1752/2
Special tools TOOL CODE

3) To perform the following operations, you will need to:
4) Lift the vehicle on the lift.
5) Remove front wheels.

6) Attention
7) On cars with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC II), drain the system.

8) INFORMATION
9) On the left hand side of the vehicle:
10) If available, slacken the indicated rod opening the retaining clip. ( Figure 1 )
Figure 1

11) Unlink oil piping from the brake caliper. ( Figure 2 )

12) INFORMATION
13) If available, unscrew the indicated screw. ( Figure 2 )
Figure 2

14) Unscrew the indicated screws and remove the brake caliper. ( Figure 3 )
Figure 3


15) Attention
16) Link the brake caliper to the car body.
17) Remove the indicated retain. ( Figure 4 )
Figure 4

18) Unscrew the indicated nut and detach the arms. ( Figure 5 )
Figure 5

19) Retain the spindle with the engine lifting jack.
20) Unscrew the indicated screw. ( Figure 6 )
Figure 6

21) Move aside the cooling reservoir.
22) Disassemble the ventilation grill.
23) Remove the protective cover. ( Figure 7 )
Figure 7

24) Unscrew the indicated screws. ( Figure 8 )
Figure 8

 
25) Remove the spring – shock absorber assembly.
26) Compress the spring. ( Figure 9 )
Figure 9

27) Unscrew the nut and remove the indicated components. ( Figure 10 )
Figure 10


28) Attention
29) Mark the lower mounting position on the shock absorber. ( Figure 11 )
Figure 11


30) Be sure to dispose used components according to the laws. Ask local authorities for further information about recycling.
 RE-ASSEMBLY
1) Fit the lower mounting on the new shock absorber and position it as it was on the old one.

2) INFORMATION
3) On the right hand side of the vehicle:
4) The indicated area must be facing towards the zone free from the body. ( Figure 12 )
5) The indicated corner must be 87°. ( Figure 12 )
Figure 12

6) On the left hand side of the vehicle:
7) The indicated area must be facing towards the zone free from the body. ( Figure 13 )
8) The indicated corner must be 65°. ( Figure 13 )
Figure 13

 
9) Fit the indicated components and tighten the nut. ( Figure 14 )
Figure 14

10) Attention

11) Check the spring correct positioning. ( Figure 15 )
Figure 15

 

12) INFORMATION
13) Fit shock absorber top mounting using tool VAG 1752/2.
14) On the right hand side of the vehicle:
15) The indicated corner must be 7°. ( Figure 16 )
Figure 16

16) On the left hand side of the vehicle:
17) The indicated corner must be 7°. ( Figure 17 )
Figure 17

18) Decompress the spring. ( Figure 18 )
Figure 18

19) Fit the strut.
20) Attention

21) Always replace screws and self-locking nuts.
22) Proceed in reverse order to the dismounting.

23) Attention
24) On cars with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC II), fill up the system.
25) Fit front wheels.
26) Return the car to the ground.
27) Check axle geometries.

Part Tightening torque
Shock absorber top mounting nut 50 Nm
Shock absorber – wheel arch screws 75 Nm
Brake caliper springs 30 Nm
Shock absorber – spindle bolt 90 Nm
Wheel screws 120 NM
Brake piping retaining nut 10 Nm
Part Tightening torque

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5 Comments
  1. Fredrik Wilhelmsson Blache

    Followed all the steps, Good guidance

  2. Fredrik Wilhelmsson Blache

    Done this job a few years ago . Followed the Monroe steps

  3. Fredrik Wilhelmsson Blache

    The steps where informational

  4. Fredrik Wilhelmsson Blache

    Did’t now that this kind off tool exist, very smart invention.

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