200q20v suspension = 1, me = 0

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Sun Sep 19 20:48:37 EDT 2004

Support the front of the car in the center of the subframe, both suspensions
hanging from the strut towers.  With the ball joint pinch bolt and the axle
bolt removed, you should be able to pry the lower arm down and out of the
bearing housing.  Careful not to damage the ball joint or CV boots.

FYI, I'll fwd to you my old posting,  Wheel Bearing Postmortem, was Note to
Benz Strut Brace users.

By the way, I have one extra set of parts for a Benz Strut Brace available,
if anyone is interested.


> From: Ken Keith <auditude at gmail.com>
> Man what a pain.  Changing springs in a 200q20v sure ain't as easy as
> in a Coupe GT.  I wasn't able to get it done and had to put it all
> back together.  The sticking point was getting the ball joints out of
> the strut housing, fighting the sway bar pressure (and losing).
> A call to my Audi tech friend confirmed that there's no shortcut to
> simply being able to apply leverage against the control arm/sway bar
> to push it down and out of the strut housing.  He said it's a two man
> job on a lift, with a beefy 6" pipe for leverage.  I probably could
> have gotten it out, but I doubt I would not have been able to get it
> back in again by myself.  I only had the car on jack stands and I
> think even with a long bar I might not have enough room for downward
> travel to get it done.
> I thought by undoing the front sway bar brackets it would let it drop
> enough for the ball joints to come out, but no dice.  I'm wondering if
> I would have dropped the whole subframe if that would have helped
> anything.  I'm much more of a fan of releasing the stored energy in a
> controlled fashion than trying to use force to overcome it.  But maybe
> that's just how it's supposed to be done?
> I spent most of the day beating up my hands on it, and the only real
> thing I got done was replaced the noisy squawking starter.  I'm
> starting to see the value in paying to have someone else work on my
> car, and free up my day for more productive and less frustrating
> things.  If indeed I have to have a shop do it, at least in this case
> I know it's worth it.
> Has anyone done their own spring install, and is there a trick or
> special method to getting it done?  If there's a way to DIY, I'm
> willing to give it another shot, but otherwise I'm going to have to
> pay to have someone else do it.
> Thanks,
> Ken
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