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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 ...

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Adapters for setting up purging circuits
The following table contains the various adapters that are necessary to connect the air conditioner service station to the refrigerant circuit for purposes of purging and to bridge the removed reservoir or collector and expansion valve (vehicle-specific) ...

Removing and installing mounting bracket, LHD vehicles
Remove dash panel end cover on driver side → General body repairs, interior; Rep. gr.70. –  Remove footwell cover on driver side → General body repairs, interior; Rep. gr.68. ...

Checking condensation drainage
Checking –  Remove right centre console trim in footwell → General body repairs, interior; Rep. gr.68. –  Carefully fold back floor covering in area of condensation drain hose so ...

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