Should I attempt to replace the front shocks in an Audi CS 100 non quartro?

The shocks (inserts) are shot in my '93 Audi CD100. I know you can buy just the insert gas cyclinders (shocks) but is this something a home mechanic can replace? I have replaced regular shocks and other items
and am mechanically competent....just don't want to get in over my head.
Thanks for any help
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You will need to remove the struts by removing the axles, unplugging the ABS sensors, removing the brake calipers / caliper mounts, lower mounts and the top mounting bolts.
Next you will need to rent a spring compressor and be very careful using it.
Once apart changing the shocks is rather easy.
Changing the strut bearing would be advised as well.
Be sure to mark location of the strut mount at the top to replace correctly to avoid alignment issues.
Doable but depends on your level of mechanical ability.
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The front strut insert doesn't come out of the top without moving the strut housing like on the 5000s? I think it should be one of the easy Audis to do. Shouldn't a little oil be poured in the housing before the strut insert gets installed to act as a cooling agent?
well you can tell that I have not done the front struts on a 93 Audi CD100! <g> BTW Repair manuals sometimes are very good to read! ;-)
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That's right!
I forgot that feature. There is a special tool that looks like a socket with a side opening to hold the shaft when changing this way but I think that this can be done by holding with a vice grips or pipe wrench.
Easier job than I described before.
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The Bentley Book for my Audi100 1989 describes a procedure wherby you can replace the struts without lifting the front of the car and without using spring compressors. The following tool is useful in removing the Strut retaining cap nut:
<http://toolss.com/wbstore/main.asp?action=PROD&PROD=VW2069&CTMP=1
You must secure the Strut housing position with pieces of 2x4 so it doesn't move after the strut has been removed. Using this procedure you will not be able to change the Strut bearings.
I have not tried method myself. I changed the strusts on my 84 Audi 5000 removing the whole strut housing from the car.
Thanks,
Andre
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