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Volkswagen Passat Shocks and Struts

The struts and shocks of your Volkswagen Passat dampen suspension movement while you are driving down the road. Worn or broken struts may cause your vehicle to bounce more than usual and result in difficult handling. There are a number of different struts and shocks for you to choose from to help reduce the tension put on your vehicle’s suspension.

How do struts and shock absorbers help with steering control?

As you drive down the road and go over bumps or around turns, the weight of your vehicle will shift. Struts and shock absorbers help counteract the rocking or swaying motion from all sides of the vehicle, whether you are turning, stopping, or accelerating. If any of these components are worn out, you most likely will have a harder time controlling the vehicle because there will be more of the car's weight to deal with during each maneuver.

How often should you replace struts and shocks on your Passat?

Most cars require their struts and shocks to be replaced once they reach around 50,000 miles on the odometer, but another factor to consider is the type of driving conditions that your Volkswagen Passat has endured. Some visual or handling signs of worn or broken struts include:

  • Corrosion, damage, wear, and fluid leaking from the shock or body of the strut
  • Uneven tire wear or damaged mounts and bushings
  • Steering noise, stiffness, or poor response
  • Excessive noise while driving and swaying or leaning while turning
  • Front end dipping forward or instability while braking
What struts and shocks are available for the Volkswagen Passat?

Like many other parts of the vehicle, there are several different types of struts and shock absorbers available for the Volkswagen Passat. Most ownership manuals will provide information about what type and size of struts your vehicle uses. Closely matching the stock size and type of strut or shock absorber system when you are replacing these parts of the vehicle may provide the ideal results for performance and long-term wear. Some different types of struts include:

  • Pneumatic or Hydraulic: This strut contains oil, which creates pressure in the strut and dampens the shock from driving.
  • Gas Charged: These struts are similar to the pneumatic kind but contain gas as well as oil, which reduces foaming.
  • Coilover or MacPherson: Used most often in the front end suspension, this type of strut is a combination of a spring and shock absorber.