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VW MKIII-A3/B4 TDIs This is a discussion about MKIII-A3/MkIII Jetta/Golf (<99.5) and B4 Passats (96,97) TDI's. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed.

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Old September 8th, 2017, 10:19   #1
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: chico, ca
TDI(s): 1996 Passat
Default front suspension stiff after oil change

My 96 passat is suddenly riding very stiff in the front after I did an oil change. I raised the whole front end of the car with a jack with a 18" 2x4 under the cross member. I put stands at the jack points and changed the oil. I lowered it with the jack in the same manner. When I drove it, it was like I had really stiff springs. I took it to a shop and all they said was I had a slightly loose inner tie rod end but that would not cause my issue. So that was money wasted.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Old September 8th, 2017, 11:11   #2
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Probably a bound up/rusted strut would be my guess. I had a Mazda 626 do that once. Had a Corolla strut come completely apart when I lifted it!
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Old September 9th, 2017, 21:54   #3
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ditto what oilhammer said, especially if your front struts are really old.

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