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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Spring Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$130 to $300

Talent:

****

Tools:

Large pry bar, elbow grease

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Rear coil spring

Hot Tip:

Remove the rear shock for better access

Performance Gain:

Better handling

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear shocks

Coil springs are used to support the weight of a vehicle and thus are under high-tension loads when used. Over the years, springs wear out or even break due to corrosion and the elements. If you notice a significant change in the ride height of your car, it is probably a good idea to inspect the springs and replace them if needed.

Replacing the rear springs on your Mk4 Jetta is a pretty straightforward job that should only take about two hours to perform. Most of the work is just getting the car jacked up and secured on jack stands. You'll also need to remove the rear shock absorber for access. Please see our articles on Jacking Up Your Mk4 Jetta and Rear Shock Removal for more information.

One popular modification for the Mk4 Jetta is to install a set of aftermarket springs that lower the ride height of the vehicle. This article also applies to most aftermarket springs. However there may be issues regarding installation due to a shorter spring. Consider this before going that route.

The rear coil spring is used to support the weight of the vehicle.
Figure 1

The rear coil spring is used to support the weight of the vehicle. When springs wear out, you'll see a change in the ride height of the vehicle. Replacing them is pretty easy once you have removed the shock absorber.

Note the end of the spring in the lower trailing arm (green arrow).
Figure 2

Note the end of the spring in the lower trailing arm (green arrow). You'll want to be able to pop the end of the spring out of the retaining cup once you lower the trailing arm.

Now use a large pry bar or brute strength to push the trailing arm down, roughly around the area of the green arrow.
Figure 3

Now use a large pry bar or brute strength to push the trailing arm down, roughly around the area of the green arrow. Take care not to damage the brake line. Once the arm is low enough, you can simply pop the spring out. Installing the spring is the reverse order of disassembly.


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