Cartisan recently carried out a 2013 Volkswagen Vento Suspension Replacement. The car had covered approximately
VW Vento Suspension Issue…
The customer complained of a rattling sound coming from the front end of the car, close to the wheels. This sound was especially pronounced when the car would go into a pothole or over speed bumps.
Based on a preliminary inspection carried out by the Cartisan Service Team, it was determined that the car’s suspension components required replacement. Namely –
- Shock Absorbers, Strut kit & Mounting
- Link Rods
- Tie Rod Ends
- Steering Ball Joints
- Sway bar or Balance Rod bush
- Lower Arm Bushes
A quote was provided, the customer accepted and the Cartisan Service Team picked up the car from the customer’s location and took it to the closest Cartisan Preferred Workshop where the service was carried out.
The car is parked in the service bay and is raised up with the help of a lift and the service begins.
2013 Volkswagen Vento Suspension Replacement process…
First, the technician removes the wheel. The tie rod end which links the steering ball joint to the wheel hub is first disconnected from the wheel hub and then unscrewed from the steering ball joint.
These components are replaced with brand new ones from Febi Bilstein. The steering ball joint and tie rod transfer force from the steering rack to the steering knuckle which will cause the wheel turn.
Then, the link rod is disconnected and removed. It is replaced with a brand new link rod from TRW.
The wheel hub is then disconnected from the bottom end of the strut. The top end of the strut is connected to the body of the car near the engine compartment. Once the bolts holding the strut is undone, the strut is removed from the car.
Vento Shock Absorber Replacement
The strut comprises of the shock absorber, the spring, the boot & buffer. The boot prevents dust accumulation on the strut. The buffer acts as a miniature shock absorber. It cushions the main shock absorber against any sudden impacts.
The spring is decompressed with the help of clamps and a pneumatic impact wrench. The suspension mounting, which is made up rubber, is then removed from the strut. The spring is then removed so that the buffer and boot can be removed from the shock absorber.
A brand new shock absorber fitted with brand new boot and buffer is then fitted to the spring and finally, a brand new suspension mounting is fitted to the strut. The shock absorber is manufactured by TRW whereas the buffer, boot, and mounting is from Febi Bilstein.
Vento Lower Arm Bush Replacement
Next, the lower arm is disconnected from the body of the car. The lower arm itself is intact, but the rubber bushes through which it is connected to the car are worn out. To remove and install new bushes, the lower arm is sent to the lathe shop where the new bushes are press-fitted into the lower arms. The bushes are manufactured by Febi Bilstein.
Finally, the balance rod or sway bar bushes are removed and replaced with brand new bushes from Febi Bilstein.
All the new suspension components are fitted to the car and the wheels are mounted back on.
The car is finally lowered to the ground and taken to the closest Cartisan Preferred wheel alignment shop where the wheels are aligned and the suspension components are tightened.
A test drive is then done to confirm that the work was carried out successfully.
Suspension Replacement for VW Vento – Simplified
You can watch the complete video of the service here –
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