rear tie rods and front struts

B Vibert blur at
Tue Aug 13 17:11:29 EDT 2002

To simply do 5k strut inserts you don't have to remove the strut. I
borrowed the factory tool for the weekend and made a copy, it works
great, just pull everything out from the top.   I can do both struts
in about half and hour without even jacking up the car.

Maybe I should market these tools, hmmm.

Burl Vibert
1987 5kcstq
Kingston, Ontario

Ameer Antar wrote:
> I don't know about the rear, as I have a 5kT, but for the front, you can get away
> w/ normal shadetree tools. That's one of the reason's why I think the Haynes as
> well Bentley manuals are important to have around. The Bentley tells you how
> Audi wants you to do it, and the Haynes gives you how an actual mechanic might
> go at it. Anyway, for the front, you just need to be able to loosen the driveshaft
> nuts, using a 32mm socket and breaker bar. Then you need to remove the tie-rod
> from the strut assembly. Also you need to separate the lower control arm ball-joint
> from the assembly. After that you just remove the 3 outer nuts around the strut
> mounting and the whole assembly willl come out after pressing out the driveshaft
> from the hub. Beyond that, when disassembling the unit, you need a spring-
> compressor.

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