Tips on How to Maintain Your Volkswagen Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Your Volkswagen shock absorber and strut assembly is an essential component that provides the additional support your front wheels need to absorb impacts they get from the road. To keep your suspension system in great condition, the tires and springs, as well as the shock absorbers and linkages must be in top shape as well. Here are some tips on how to maintain the strut assembly of your Volks:
- Give the whole strut assembly a good cleaning.
Scrub the components in hot water and immerse them in a tank for deep cleaning. You may also use green and denatured alcohol to wipe the different parts. Use lint-free cloth to wipe down the surfaces. Make sure to use appropriate cleaning tools and products to avoid damaging the components of your strut assembly.
- Routinely check the piston, oil seal, and bushing.
It is important to include your Volkswagen shock absorber and strut assembly in your routine check-up. Usually, when the piston is damaged, it will damage the oil seal and bushing as well. When you see the chrome peeling off the piston rod or you find any type of damage on the rod's surface, it must be replaced immediately. These types of damage are commonly acquired during dust cover or bump rubber replacement or shock absorber installation.
- Avoid putting liquid in the strut housing.
To keep the Volkswagen shock absorber and strut assembly in good shape, avoid putting any liquid in the strut housing. Pressure by frozen liquid in the strut may create some physical defects on the cartridge outer shell.
- Inspect and clean the coil spring regularly.
Make sure to regularly check the epoxy power coating on the spring to avoid corrosion. When the coating is damaged during the installation or by road debris or friction, the exposed metal will start to rust rapidly, especially during cold and wet climates. The rusted spot, then, becomes the weak point where the spring may break during high level of stress.
- Replace rubber seals on a regular basis.
During high oil temperatures as seen in a race, rubber seals can wear out rapidly. These should be changed with new ones to ensure proper sealing of oil as well as trouble-free operation and protection of suspension parts. Replace overheated, lanced, or stretched seals and O-rings as well.
- Polish and clean the shock shaft.
Frequently exposed to dirt and rocks, the shock shaft or rod may get scratched and will need to be polished. Polishing the shaft is one way to ensure that only a smooth surface gets into the shock, so it will not damage the seals. A damaged seal can lead to extreme oil leak through the shaft and possible oil contamination.
- Replace the shock oil during check-up.
To keep the Volkswagen shock absorber and strut assembly working efficiently, the shock oil should be changed on a regular basis. Getting fresh oil will enhance shock performance. There are many blends of shock oil available. Each brand and manufacturer has its own special formula that makes their shock absorbers work better and withstand various road conditions. Choose the one that best works with your ride's shocks.