Need to Replace Rear Coil Springs

TDI WNY

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I just brought my 2015 VW GSW TDI SEL in for a NY Vehicle inspection. I was notified that both rear coil springs were broken. They broke at the base and still supply support. Without the dealer telling me, I never would have known.

It appears to be a straight forward repair. I want to do it myself.

Will I need coil spring compression tools to remove and replace the coil springs? Any rear Shock Absorber recommendations?

Thanks for your interest and possible recommendations.
 
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pedroYUL

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No need for spring compression tools, as when you lift the car with the shocks disconnected there will be enough space to get them out.

I wouldn't change the shocks, unless you want a different ride quality. I personally went with Bilstein B4 which are somewhat firmer than stock. I still have the stock ones, as they are really in perfect shape.

What I would recommend is changing all the rubber. Springs have both lower and upper mounts, upper mounts for the shocks. Not sure if now IDParts carry all of those parts, they didn't list the upper spring mounts back when I did mine.

Ahh, almost forgot, you need to disconnect brake line holders, so that the whole thing swings fully and you don't stress the brake lines.
 

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Thanks pedroYUL! I ordered the Bilstein B6 shocks from FCP. Greg at IDParts told me: " doing the Bilsteins in the front when the time comes as well." Oilhammer mentioned in an old post that the Bilstein shocks last longer.
 

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I just brought my 2015 VW GSW TDI SEL in for a NY Vehicle inspection. I was notified that both rear coil springs were broken. They broke at the base and still supply support. Without the dealer telling me, I never would have known.

It appears to be a straight forward repair. I want to do it myself.

Will I need coil spring compression tools to remove and replace the coil springs? Any rear Shock Absorber recommendations?

Thanks for your interest and possible recommendations.
Check with VoA I thought their was a recall on the Rear Springs ?
 

tdidieselbobny

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Check with VoA I thought their was a recall on the Rear Springs ?
Yep, should be a recall on these. Had mine done a few years ago.... I recommend Basil VW- they've treated me good the times I have needed them the past year...
 

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Replacement was straight forward no issues. I was sent the wrong Bilstein shock replacements so I put the originals back on. Basil VW told me my springs were not part of the recall. My only issue now is the tires seem not to like the new coils. The car drives perfectly straight. I had an alignment check at Dunn Tire and everything is within acceptable values. There is a slight vibration and rumble below 50 mph. The new noise/vibrations happened after coil replacements. I'd like to get about another 15 K out of the tires before replacement. I'm hoping the tires will break into the new rear coils. Any comments welcomed.
 

tdidieselbobny

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Replacement was straight forward no issues. I was sent the wrong Bilstein shock replacements so I put the originals back on. Basil VW told me my springs were not part of the recall. My only issue now is the tires seem not to like the new coils. The car drives perfectly straight. I had an alignment check at Dunn Tire and everything is within acceptable values. There is a slight vibration and rumble below 50 mph. The new noise/vibrations happened after coil replacements. I'd like to get about another 15 K out of the tires before replacement. I'm hoping the tires will break into the new rear coils. Any comments welcomed.
Wondering if they already had been replaced under recall then...
 

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I'm going to rotate tires, good suggestion. The rear coils I purchased from local VW dealer. Did not replace front struts. Pricey not sure if needed?
 
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