Front spring removal

Peter Schulz peschulz at
Tue May 7 15:21:45 EDT 2002

I just found an older post on the s-car list from Igor Kessel:

"4. In order to remove the front springs you NEED to hang both wheels out
in the air as not to fight the torsional resistance of the stabilizer bar.
In my
case even this measure was not enough. I was alone in the garage, in a
desperate need of an extra pair of hands and was looking for a way to press the
half axle down to the subframe while I would be removing the compressed
spring from under the front fender. I came up with a simple one man
solution. I took the OEM Audi screw jack (yeah, the suicidal one with
which your car came from the factory :-), shoved it in-between the half
axle and the upper body longitudinal member and easily lowered the strut
until the half axle hit the subframe.
After which I was able to remove the spring with ease.

To be continued..."

just be careful with the compressed spring!


At 01:36 PM 5/7/2002 -0400, Peter Schulz wrote:
>At 10:57 AM 5/7/2002 -0600, Brian Link wrote:
>>Has anyone changed front springs or know if it is possible to take out the
>>springs without taking out the strut assembly?  Take out the strut through
>>the top then compress spring and pull it out?  The Bentley shows removal of
>>the strut.
>>Brian Link
>>Boulder, CO
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>Using the shop tool or a pipe wrench, the strut cap is removed and the
>strut cartridge is removed from the top. The lower part of the strut
>assembly including the wheel hub stays connected to the lower control arm.
>R&R of the springs requires the removal of the strut assembly from the car
>and can not be done from the top.
>Peter Schulz
>1990 CQ
>1991 200 20v TQW indigo mica
>1991 200 20v TQW titanium grey
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