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Suspension - Bushings & Bearings

Strut bearing and bushing replacement- parts needed:
1J0 412 331 C suspension strut mounting (2)
www.worldimpex.com SKU # 257962 or 5467
1J0 412 249 ball bearing (2)
www.worldimpex.com SKU # 257961 or 5247
N 903 536 03 hex nut (2)
www.worldimpex.com SKU # 4639
Other resources:
Thanks to Steve Schwing
http://public.fotki.com/ttschwing/1_hour_strut_bearin/stru_bearing_replacement/
http://forums.audiworld.com/tt/msgs/1319039.phtml
Also thanks to Mike (MCPaudiTT) for his help and for the loan of the Hazet tools (to remove the nuts at the top of the suspension). This can be done without the special tools, just use a 7 mm hex and either a spark plug socket or a oxygen sensor socket.

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Bilstein strut, Eibach spring
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Bilstein strut, Eibach spring
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sway bar link
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sway bar link
1504 views
 
remove nut for sway bar link
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remove nut for sway bar link
1672 views
 
remove nut for sway bar link
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remove nut for sway bar link
1417 views
 
nut comes off
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nut comes off
1323 views
 
sway bar link out
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sway bar link out
1533 views
 
link out
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link out
1410 views
 
2 flat sides for gripping
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2 flat sides for gripping
1440 views
 
use jack to support suspension
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use jack to support suspension
1568 views
 
just a little pressure here
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just a little pressure here
1676 views
 
remove the nut at the top of the strut
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remove the nut at the top of the str…
1551 views
 
special hazet tool helps immensely
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special hazet tool helps immensely
1900 views
 
hazet tool with 7 mm hex holding strut
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hazet tool with 7 mm hex holding str…
2512 views
 
top nut removed
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top nut removed
1974 views
 
remove cap to reveal 2nd nut
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remove cap to reveal 2nd nut
1795 views
 
this rubber bushing will be replaced
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this rubber bushing will be replaced
1955 views
 
insert hazet tool
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insert hazet tool
1731 views
 
first ratchet, then 7 mm hex
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first ratchet, then 7 mm hex
1637 views
 
2nd nut coming loose
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2nd nut coming loose
1741 views
 
nut all the way off, suspension held by jack
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nut all the way off, suspension held…
1619 views
 
lower jack, strut is loose
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lower jack, strut is loose
1676 views
 
bushing comes right out
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bushing comes right out
1953 views
 
then the old bearing is removed
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then the old bearing is removed
1690 views
 
new bearing on
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new bearing on
1734 views
 
start the nut to hold down the new bearing
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start the nut to hold down the new b…
1735 views
 
raise the strut with jack temporarily to finish this nut
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raise the strut with jack temporaril…
1696 views
 
without hazet tool, you can use spark plug socket and 7 mm hex
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without hazet tool, you can use spar…
1937 views
 
wrench to tighten, also must hold hex key
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wrench to tighten, also must hold he…
1858 views
 
back to hazet, torque nut to 45 ft lbs
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back to hazet, torque nut to 45 ft l…
1911 views
 
time for bushing, lube up with Audi grease
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time for bushing, lube up with Audi …
2166 views
 
more lube
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more lube
1833 views
 
lower jack, then guide bushing into place (very easy)
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lower jack, then guide bushing into …
1686 views
 
guide strut back into bushing
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guide strut back into bushing
1854 views
 
jack up the strut to insert cap an nut
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jack up the strut to insert cap an n…
1501 views
 
cap on, nut next
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cap on, nut next
1743 views
 
Hazet tool
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Hazet tool
1608 views
 
Torque down to spec (45 ft lbs)
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Torque down to spec (45 ft lbs)
1564 views
 
Audi grease
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Audi grease
1985 views
 
new vs old
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new vs old
1733 views
 
new vs old
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new vs old
1559 views
 
bushing-bearing-cart
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bushing-bearing-cart
1888 views
 
strut-assembly
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strut-assembly
2170 views