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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
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remove nut for sway bar link
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remove nut for sway bar link
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remove nut for sway bar link
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remove nut for sway bar link
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nut comes off
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nut comes off
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sway bar link out
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sway bar link out
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link out
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link out
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2 flat sides for gripping
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2 flat sides for gripping
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use jack to support suspension
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use jack to support suspension
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just a little pressure here
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just a little pressure here
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remove the nut at the top of the strut
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remove the nut at the top of the str…
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special hazet tool helps immensely
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special hazet tool helps immensely
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hazet tool with 7 mm hex holding strut
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hazet tool with 7 mm hex holding str…
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top nut removed
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top nut removed
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remove cap to reveal 2nd nut
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remove cap to reveal 2nd nut
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this rubber bushing will be replaced
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this rubber bushing will be replaced
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insert hazet tool
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insert hazet tool
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first ratchet, then 7 mm hex
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first ratchet, then 7 mm hex
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2nd nut coming loose
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2nd nut coming loose
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nut all the way off, suspension held by jack
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nut all the way off, suspension held…
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lower jack, strut is loose
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lower jack, strut is loose
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bushing comes right out
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bushing comes right out
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then the old bearing is removed
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then the old bearing is removed
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new bearing on
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new bearing on
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start the nut to hold down the new bearing
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start the nut to hold down the new b…
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raise the strut with jack temporarily to finish this nut
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raise the strut with jack temporaril…
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without hazet tool, you can use spark plug socket and 7 mm hex
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without hazet tool, you can use spar…
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wrench to tighten, also must hold hex key
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wrench to tighten, also must hold he…
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back to hazet, torque nut to 45 ft lbs
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back to hazet, torque nut to 45 ft l…
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time for bushing, lube up with Audi grease
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time for bushing, lube up with Audi …
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more lube
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more lube
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lower jack, then guide bushing into place (very easy)
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lower jack, then guide bushing into …
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guide strut back into bushing
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guide strut back into bushing
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jack up the strut to insert cap an nut
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jack up the strut to insert cap an n…
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cap on, nut next
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cap on, nut next
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Hazet tool
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Hazet tool
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Torque down to spec (45 ft lbs)
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Torque down to spec (45 ft lbs)
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Audi grease
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Audi grease
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new vs old
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new vs old
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new vs old
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new vs old
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bushing-bearing-cart
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bushing-bearing-cart
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strut-assembly
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strut-assembly
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