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A6 front shock absorbers

Do you need a spring compressor to replace the front shocks on a new shape A6 or do the shocks slide out from below leaving the spring assy and strut in situe

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  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 14, 2010

    generally, if you have a strut system, you need a spring compressor. I could not find data on this on my online resources. Also, the strut must be disconnected from the hub and above in the wheel well the strut assembly which includes the spring, strut and bearing cap come out as a unit, and then the replacement 'loaded' strut assembly can go in. Although a strut assembly can be serviced by removing the strut from the spring, it's recommended nowadays to get the whole strut/spring/bearing cap assembly as they are lifetime warrented and are superior to just changing some of the parts. Good luck on this one.

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Any vehicle that now incorporates strut suspension need spring compressors however be very careful which ones you use, the ones that have the two/three clamping arms are not recommended and can land you in the hospital when they slide off the spring as they always seem to do, rather use the big onne piece tool that encompasses the whole strut assembly into it and securley relieves the tension off the strut to be replaced.
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Yes you do need a spring compressor tool, to do this job, if your not sure how to do this, best to have a repair shop do this, if you remove the wrong bolt you could get hurt, the spring hold a lots of pressure, be careful.

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