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front suspension

davy j Aug 26, 2013

  1. davy j

    davy j Member

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    how easy is it to replace the front strut on a 1996 A4?

    done the back but dont know what is involved in doing the front
     
  2. Bradderz_1988

    Bradderz_1988 Dont replace it, Upgrade it !!

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    You need to take the pinch bolt out the top of the upright, remove the three bolts holding the upper arm carrier, remove the lower shocker bolt on control arm and it should come free !!!
     
  3. B5NUT

    B5NUT Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi A6

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    biggest problem is the pinch bolt if it's not been touched in a few years.
     
  4. spartacus 68

    spartacus 68 Active Member quattro Audi A2 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Instructions here for coilovers (but includes pics) so useful. AudiWorld Tech Articles

    Get a new pinch bolt prior to starting the job. If the strut is out, I'd be temped to replace the upper control arms too. :yes:
     
  5. jbh

    jbh TDi lover

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  6. Bradderz_1988

    Bradderz_1988 Dont replace it, Upgrade it !!

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    Dont think the B5 has body plugs to get to the top mount !
     
  7. olds_kool

    olds_kool Active Member VCDS Map User

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    Yes it does
     
  8. jbh

    jbh TDi lover

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    yea as above when I changed the front shockies on my old one that's all I did
     
  9. Bradderz_1988

    Bradderz_1988 Dont replace it, Upgrade it !!

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    Smartarse's lol Hey least ive learnt something new today :) !!!
     
  10. tonya4

    tonya4 TDi Powerrrr

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    When I took off my front struts,I undid the top 3 bolts,lower shock mount,then the 10mm nut holding the top mount to the strut and it was off.No need to touch the pinch bolt.

    tony
     

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