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Old February 7th, 2012, 13:08   #1
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Default How to Remove B4 Rear Suspension

I looked in Mitchell and the time called for 1.5 hours, but a local technician told me to expect around 3 because all of the interior components that need to be removed. I hear that I need to start ripping panels off JUST to get the shocks off. I looked back there last night and it looks like a nightmare. How do I get that cover off behind the rear seats with the seatbelt cover? Thanks much.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 19:09   #2
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Two prolific contributors, kooyajerms and Lug Nut, provided superior photos and details on this specific topic which I used when I R&R'd my rear struts and brakes two years ago this February.

Kooyajerms link is:http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=227143 or Google:Having your local mechanic install your suspension? B4V.

Lug Nut's link is:http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=163110 or Google: How to: B4V rear shock access

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Old February 7th, 2012, 21:29   #3
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1.5 hrs seems generous. i think that's how long it took me at the junk yard (first time), and i had to fight one of the back seats that was locked in place. You don't even have to remove the tires.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 05:51   #4
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Is this for a sedan or wagon? The sedan's are easy, just remove the top of the seatbelt housing from the seat by inserting a screwdriver horizontally. It'll engage a catch and release diagonally. The Bentley shows this pretty good. The bolts are underneath, but only 2 of them need to come off (the others are nuts). Then you twist the top of the strut 1/4 turn and it'll release the plastic keeper from the car (keep it straight so you don't snap the tabs). Once you get the seatbelt housing off, you'll see how everything is assembled. Underneath the car it's just a 19mm bolt that can be accessed without removing the brake or e-brake assembly.

I've had mine off a few times to adjust the Koni Reds and install new springs. No experience with a B4V (wagon), sorry.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 10:45   #5
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I still use that thread to figure out how to access the rears =) I'm glad it was helpful. It's too bad the title would be hard for anyone to search for.

Here is a how to also if you need more angles of it all.

http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a...tta-passat.htm


This is what Abacus is talking about (hopefully it's very similar on the sedan)
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Old February 8th, 2012, 11:07   #6
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On the sedan, the belt guide comes off differently according to the Bentley. You insert a screwdriver underneath it and twist, which releases the catch. Here is a snapshot:

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Old February 8th, 2012, 23:55   #7
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JUst make sure when you do the rears that the car is not jacked up or supported on the rear beam. If you do it will be very hard to remove the shocks as the rear beam which supports the bottom of the shock will not move easily.
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Removing that black seat belt lead on top was the most difficult part for me. The retainer is along the front edge of the plastic, about midway, and down an inch or two. You'll know you find it when you push forward and the front edge releases, allowing you to pull up. Picture coming.
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