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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

Repair instructions
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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 door arrester
Special tools and workshop equipment required       Note Removal and installation are only described for the left door retaining strap. The right side is similar. Removing ...

Measuring axial clearance of crankshaft
Risk of damage to bearing pedestals when the crankshaft is removed.If the bolts of the crankshaft bearing cap are loosened, the bearing pedestals of the cylinder block will be deformed, and damage to the bearings will result.Never remove the crankshaft. Special tools ...

O-ring
Use only O-rings that are resistant to refrigerant R134a and related refrigerant oils. O-rings are no longer colour-coded. Coloured and black O-rings are used. Check that the O-rings used have the correct internal diameters. ...

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