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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Leaks at shock absorbers

Shock absorbers are often replaced because of externally visible leakage. Inspections on the test rig and in the vehicle have shown that in the majority of cases this replacement is not justified.
Slight loss of fluid (“sweating”) at the piston rod seal is not a reason for replacing a shock absorber. An oil sweating shock absorber is acceptable under the following conditions:
   
Fluid seepage (as shown in the shaded part of the illustration) is visible, but the fluid is dull and possibly dried by dust.
The fluid seepage extends only from the top shock absorber seal (piston rod oil seal) down to the bottom spring plate -arrow-.
 

Leaks at shock absorbers

Evaluating accident vehicles
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Noises from shock absorbers
Shock absorbers are often replaced because of noises (rumbling, etc.) experienced by the customer. Inspections on the test rig and in the vehicle have shown that in a ...

Other materials:

Removing and installing side defroster vent
  Note Removal and installation is described for the side defroster vent on driver side. Follow same instructions for the front passenger side as appropriate. Special tools and workshop equipment required &nb ...

Removing and installing coolant pipes for auxiliary heater
Special tools and workshop equipment required     Torque wrench -V.A.G 1410- (4…20 Nm)   Hose clamps, up to 25 mm -3094- ...

General description
  Caution If excessive force is exerted on sockets without illumination, the retaining sleeve may be damaged. Only illuminated sockets (cigarette lighter) can be removed with the pull ...

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