How to replace rear shock absorbers: Mercedes A-Class

Here is a detailed guide to changing shocks on an A Class Mercedes Benz. Please note that the steps may vary depending on the year of the model and the car design.

Getting Started

To get started, make sure you safely raise the vehicle using a vehicle lift and have the following tools at your disposal:

    • KYB Rear Shock Absorber for Mercedes Benz A Class – R&L: Gas-A-Just, Mono Tube (Part No. 553604)
    • Tools:
      • Socket wrench: 8, 16, 18 mm
      • Hammer and pin punch
    • Penetrating oil
    • Transmission jack lift

Guide to replacing rear shocks

  1. Raise the car using a vehicle lift. 
  2. Unscrew and remove the wheel arch cover fasteners using an 8 mm drive socket. Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber using an 18 mm socket. 
  3. Support the rear suspension beam using a jack lift.
  4. Remove the fastening bolt with a hammer and pin punch.
  5. Lower the transmission jack lift.
  6. Detach the shock absorber.
  7. Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber with a 16 mm socket. 
  8. Place the new shock absorber in the wheel arch and fasten it using a 16 mm socket (9 daN.m).
  9. Screw the upper fastener of the shock absorber using a 16 mm socket. 
  10. Attach the coil spring to the shock absorber. 
  11. Hammer in the fastening bolt and tighten the bolt using an 18 mm drive socket (9 daN.m).

Choose quality components in your car

Gas-A-Just high pressure has shock absorbers from KYB are used by vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket repair shops across the world. It’s high-quality monotube design eliminates foaming and performance fade while the heavy-duty gauge eliminates bending, flexing and leaking across an increased cylinder service life.

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