|Tech Article Title
|Allroad Air Spring Replacement
I guess its time for me to give back to the forum.
Here is my documentation of remove and replace of the front passenger air spring on a 2002 ar with 6spd.
I started by putting the car in jack mode, removing the tire and
loosening the air line to the air spring (10mm). I actually
disconnected the battery too because I didnt want any power going to
the suspension valves to alow air to the open air spring.
While the air was leaking out I removed the pinch bolt and the two
upper control arms (16mm). I was lucky because it came out on the first
Next i removed the bolt at the bottom of the strut assembly (18mm).....
but in order to get the bolt all the way out i had to remove the lower ball joint (18mm)
Once the base of the air spring assembly was free i removed the air plenum cover.
With the cover removed i could access the upper air spring mounting bolts (3x16mm)
I found out the hard way but this little washer nut needs to be removed
before the whole air spring assembly could be removed. I ended up
cutting it off because it wouldnt thread off.
Here is the assembly removed
Next i marked the orientation of the air spring to the shock base to
avoid having the new air spring bag being twisted once reinstalled.
I remove the six torx bolts which hold the uper mount to the air spring.....
then I loosened the nut which holds the shock into the air spring...
and removed the collar underneath the rubber mount.
To seperate the shock from the air spring i tapped the base of the air
spring lightly with a hammer till it slid off the shock.Here is the
shock separated from the air spring.
When installing the new air spring i started by having the new lower
o-ring in this position on the shock and I just pushed the air spring
down and the o-ring rolled down the shock until it seated at the bottom
Before i put the upper mount back on, i placed the new o-ring in the
upper groove on the air spring (the manual says to coat the o-ring with
i just made sure the mating surface on the upper mount was super clean
and smooth. Also be sure the fitting for the air line is facing out.
At this point installation was the reverse of removal.
Once i got to the point of filling the air spring i lowered the vehicle
to regualar height with the jack, but still had the jack holding the
Then I reconnected the battery and let the computer do the rest. ie)
fill the empty air spring. Once the air spring had some air in it i
lowered the car down the rest of the way. I did this so the air spring
wouldnt get all crumpled if i let it down all at once.