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Old June 23rd, 2011, 21:03   #1
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hello tdi group
i am a current gm muscle car gasser who now drives a 264k 99 jetta a4..
i am in love with the performance and fuel economy.. and the forum
i purchsed the car out of state and to get through pa inspection i need to replace the rear springs as 1 is broken, i also plan to replace the rear shocks and it needs rear brakes..
i reviewed the awesome write up on the rear brake job but could not find any "how too's "on rear coil spring replacement..
also any suggestions for parts over oem replacement..
this is a daily driver in combined city and highway use..
thanks for your help
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 22:14   #2
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All you need is a pair of lift jacks and a spring compressor-that easy really. I am going with heavier springs in my car from a jetta wagon. idparts.com among others sells springs.
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Old June 24th, 2011, 03:55   #3
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To replace rear springs, disconnect the ABS sensor wire and see that it has slack, then remove the lower shock bolt. The axle beam will move down enough for the spring to fall out. Make sure you have some support under the axle beam or it will pull on the brake lines and cause some damage. When the new shocks are in place, you may need to jack the axle beam up a bit to connect the lower shock mount.

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Old June 24th, 2011, 15:35   #4
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I broke one and just replaced the single spring. I bought the replacement at 1stvwparts.com (a VW dealer with online sales) and saved about $45 over what my local dealer charged. I disconnected the rear shock on its upper mounting. You are supposed to replace the two shock mount bolts if you remove them, but I did not have new ones, so I reused the old ones. No issues so far.

You don't need a spring compressor. Note to disconnect the ABS sensor wire from its retainer and watch the brake lines.

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Old June 24th, 2011, 20:01   #5
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I stated the spring compressor way as there isn't any need to disconnect anything that way and no need for bolts. But you can do it taking more things apart as well. You can rent the spring compressor from most auto stores.
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Old June 24th, 2011, 20:32   #6
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for alternative springs, do a site search on 'moog springs'.

Here's a sample thread I have saved for reference...
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread...=287469&page=2
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Old June 25th, 2011, 06:12   #7
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all thank you i would have certaily ripped the abs out if you guys didnt respond
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Old June 25th, 2011, 06:49   #8
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Check your axle beam bushings. If they haven't been done they are way overdue. And you're probbaly getting some noise from them and possibly even handling issues.
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I stated the spring compressor way as there isn't any need to disconnect anything that way and no need for bolts. But you can do it taking more things apart as well. You can rent the spring compressor from most auto stores.
True if you have one that fits. I did try my spring compressor first, but it would not fit up on the spring with it in the car.

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