Broken rear spring
Big vehicles require big springs, which usually means it’s a harder job to replace them. This 2006 Volkswagen Touareg had just failed the MOT due to a broken rear spring, so it was in the workshop for a replacement.
On this 4x4, this is a straightforward task. The spring is contained within the rear strut assembly, which can be removed from the vehicle by undoing the four bolts securing the top bracket and the lower bolt in the strut bottom bush.
Once off the vehicle, the top mount is unbolted to reveal the strut securing nut, and once the spring is compressed, this nut can be undone and the broken spring removed. Compressing the new spring before popping it into place and replacing the strut top nut, the unit is then ready to fit back onto the vehicle. It is imperative to take care when compressing coil springs as a road spring under load can be lethal.
The road spring is fitted into the strut assembly, which is easily removed from the vehicle.