How to Replace Front Struts 96-98 Volkswagen Jetta

How to Replace Front Struts 96-98 Volkswagen Jetta
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    🔧 List of tools used:
    • Flat Blade Screwdriver
    • Pry Bar
    • 10mm Wrench
    • 11mm Wrench
    • 12mm Wrench
    • 13mm Wrench
    • 14mm Wrench
    • 15mm Wrench
    • 16mm Wrench
    • 17mm Wrench
    • 18mm Wrench
    • 18mm Socket
    • 19mm Socket
    • 20mm Socket
    • 21mm Socket
    • 22mm Socket
    • Lug Wrench
    • Pipe Wrench
    • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar
    • Ratchet
    • Torque Wrench
    • Rust Penetrant
    • 7mm Allen Wrench
    • Floor Jack
    • Jack Stands
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    1A Auto shows you how to repair, install , fix, change or replace your front shocks with their loaded struts. This video is applicable to the 96, 97, 98 Volkswagen Jetta or Golf
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    1. Hey guys love your videos! Y'all save me some major headache! Question for you, would the replacement process be the same on a 2001 VW Cabrio?

    2. Thank you for the video which was helpful. I had to change the top bushes and bearings only and was able to do so without removing the strut from the car…

    3. @ Kevin Bulgrien
      Unfortunately they do not always come off easy. You may want to try cutting off the Top nut with a Die Grinder. Hopefully that will allow you to remove the strut.Hope this helps! 888-844-3393

    4. This video is all well and good if you can get the top nut off your strut.  In my case, the nut refuses to budge.  The hex hole in the threaded bolt stripped out before the nut would even begin to come loose.  I actually destroyed a cheap hex wrench and had to get a hardened steel allen key to get this far.  I have a '97 Golf.  The bolt has a few spots of rust, but that's it.  Also, some people will tell you to grab the strut piston rod from below to keep it from moving, but I tried this, and it appears the threaded bolt is probably threaded into the strut piston and the thing will probably fly apart if taken apart that way.  The nut turns and the strut rod does not.  I suspect the only way this one is coming apart is by using a one piece spring compressor and then turn the bolt out of the piston rod.  This sounds way too dangerous for a do-it-yourself job.  Hope you all have better luck than I did.