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Did your mechanic tell you that you need to replace your Vw Passat struts? Guess what, 1998-on Vw Passat models never came equipped with struts. These Vw Passat models have front and rear shock absorbers. For more info, read below to learn the difference between a Vw strut assembly and a Vw shock absorber.

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The features of our Blausport Vw Passat shocks and kits.
The fitment of our Blausport Vw Passat shocks.
Factory Vw Passat comfort suspension verses Vw Passat sport suspension.
Description of front and rear Vw Passat shock set-ups.
How do I know if my Vw Passat shocks are bad?
Do I really need to replace my Vw Passat shock mounts, stops, and boots?

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What Is The Difference Between a Vw Strut Assembly and a Vw Shock Absorber?

Vw Strut Assembly Design Features
Following are the main design features of the suspension dampening component classified as a Vw strut (not a Vw shock absorber).  a Vw strut (a.k.a. MacPherson strut) contains a shock absorber and has been designed to perform multiple suspension functions.

On Vw models a struts primary function is to act as a shock absorber, dampening the impacts of road irregularities. Vw struts also carry the coil spring on which the vehicles body is supported. The upper portion of a Vw strut usually has a built in steering arm that a steering tie rod attaches to. The strut assembly also pivots, controlling the steering of the wheels. The design of a Vw strut eliminates the need for an upper control arm. However, it always needs to be supported with a lower control arm. Another unique design feature of some Vw struts (depending on model) is a replacable internal shock absorber cartridge. This cartridge is mounted inside the strut and can be replaced when it is worn out.

The strut assembly plays a major part in supporting the vehicle and is a major member of the suspension system. On the other hand a Vw shock absorber doesn't do any of the above with one exception. On rear Vw suspension systems the shock absorber is used in conjunction with a coil spring to support the rear of the vehicle. Otherwise the primary function of the shock absorber is just for dampening.

Audi Strut Assembly History
From 1978-1995 most Audi Vw models front suspensions were equipped using a strut assembly design. Starting in 1996 with the introduction of the A4 and 1998 with the Vw Passat, they began using a very complex 8 piece control arm front suspension design utilizing just a shock absorber for dampening. This complex 8 piece control arm and shock absorber design is still being used on the larger platform Vw Passat, A4, A6, A8 models. Vw discontinued the 8 piece control arm design around 2006. With the exception of the Phaeton and Toureg models which still use shock absorbers all other Vw models, Jetta, Golf, Rabbit, EOS and Beetle utilize strut assemblies. The popular Audi A3 models uses a strut system.

Did your mechanic tell you that you need to replace your Vw Passat struts? Guess what, 1998-on Vw Passat models never came equipped with struts. These Vw Passat models have front and rear shock absorbers. For more info, read below to learn the difference between a Vw strut assembly and a Vw shock absorber.
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