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
Thanks for any help
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
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.
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
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!
BTW Repair manuals sometimes are very good to read! ;-)
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.
One out of many Daves wrote:
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:
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.
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