All Quattro Audi A4 models have front and rear shock absorbers. We don't discuss strut assemblies on this page because Audi A4 models never came equipped with struts. For more info, read our page explaining the difference between an Audi strut assembly and an Audi shock absorber.
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- The features of our BLAU® Audi A4 shocks and kits.
- The fitment of our BLAU® Audi A4 shocks.
- Factory Audi A4 comfort suspension verses Audi A4 sport suspension.
- Description of front and rear Audi A4 shock set-ups.
- How do I know if my Audi A4 shocks are bad?
- Do I really need to replace my Audi A4 shock mounts, stops, and boots?
We've packaged these kits using over 27 years of service knowledge and experience. BLAU® Audi A4 shocks meet/exceed the quality construction of Audi A4 Genuine shocks. Our kits are packaged to include all the necessary shock mounts, bump stops, dust boots, and shock related hardware to ease installation. You won't have to run to the hardware store when you strip that seized bolt during old shock removal. When replacing all critical components you can be assured of that new Audi A4 feel again! With decades of specialized Audi experience we understand how important the Audi A4 driving experience is. Be assured that BLAU's shock kits make it better. "Feel The Road" with BLAU's Audi A4 shocks!
1) BLAU® Audi A4 shock absorber kits make shock installation easier because they include the necessary related components (i.e. mounts, stops, boots) and assembly hardware that is commonly needed for successful A4 shock replacement.
2) BLAU® Audi A4 shock absorbers use the same valving specifications as found on the original factory suspension system.
3) BLAU® Audi A4 shock absorbers feature both Japanese mono tube and twin tube designs. These designs allow for a free floating shock shaft piston with chambers inside the shock separating the oil from a high-pressure gas charge. You can expect reduced body roll when cornering and excellent dampening characteristics while you conquer demanding road conditions.
4) BLAU® Audi A4 shock absorbers are filled with Nitrogen gas, delivering superior performance. Nitrogen gas lessens aeration of the shock's dampening fluid. This maintains continuous shock dampening performance, reducing shock fade, resulting in less tire wear and longer suspension component life.
5) Unlike other popular name brand shocks, BLAU® Audi A4 shock absorbers are filled with a long life, multi viscosity oil containing Mos2 moly lubricant. Mos2 helps resist fluid breakdown and maintains year round shock fluid performance under all weather driving conditions. Mos2 greatly reduces wear on all internal shock components, extending the shock life for years of great shock performance.
6) Advanced internal self-lubricating shock components from Japan result in less shock shaft friction combined with a Fluon banded shock shaft piston, increasing Audi A4 shock life and improving dampening sensitivity.
7) BLAU® Audi A4 shocks meet/exceed the quality of original equipment. We're so confident of the superior quality over any other brand that we offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty. They are ISO/TS 16949 certified. This is part of ISO 9001 standards and specific to the automotive industry.
What do I have? How can I find out?Starting in 1999 it became more common for Audi models to be offered with two suspension options from the factory. A 'Standard' suspension systems (stock ride height), or a 'Sport' suspension system (lowered ride height). Some customers have contacted their dealer with their VIN to find out what type of suspension corresponds with their vehicle. Only an authorized Audi Vw dealer can access the bill of material info, which reveals what suspension was used on your Audi A4. Blauparts is an independent Audi Vw parts specialist and doesn't have access to this bill of material info. Therefore, we cannot determine or confirm your Audi A4 suspension setup.
(1) Vehicles with 'Standard' suspension have a stock or normal looking ride height, and are equipped with shock absorbers that are valved to yield a softer ride quality similar to an American luxury car.
(2) Vehicles with 'Sport' suspension from the FACTORY, have shorter springs that results in a slightly lowered vehicle stance of approximately 1” along with shock absorbers that have been valved to yield a slightly firmer ride.
PLEASE NOTE: BLAU® Audi A4 shocks are NOT intended or designed to be used on vehicles equipped with AFTERMARKET lowering sport springs (i.e. H&R, Eibach or others). These spring kits tend to lower the vehicle more than 1” which make them dimensionally not compatible with BLAU's Audi A4 shocks. We've received many telephone calls from customers who ask, “If my vehicle is lowered just a smidgen more than 1 inch will your shocks work?” Our answer is, “No.” Do not purchase our strut shock kit if your vehicle is lowered even a little over an inch.
BLAU's Audi A4 shock absorber kits are designed to replace worn out shocks on vehicles with either a 'Standard' suspension system having a stock ride height or a FACTORY equipped 'Sport' suspension system which has lowered the vehicle approximately 1”.
How stiff do BLAU® shocks ride? What will they feel like?
You'll appreciate that BLAU® Audi A4 shocks have been engineered to provide firmer ride characteristics than that of the stock 'Standard' setup. Experience BLAU's firm sporty ride without the harshness that is often associated with some sport suspension upgrades. BLAU® Audi A4 shocks supply the perfect amount of firmness to help you "Feel The Road". As a result of BLAU® shocks being gas charged, they're approximately 10-20% firmer versus the OE 'Standard' suspension.
NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/01/2012
BLAU® Audi A4 Shock Valving Improvements
As part of our continuous improvement philosophy, the below listed BLAU® shock absorber kits have have been improved. Listening to customer feedback is a key element in improving our shock absorbers, combined with our street and race track testing. We're pleased to announce our improved BLAU® shock absorbers with internal valving changes.
These valving changes affect the dampening characteristics resulting in less vehicle body roll during cornering without sacrificing everyday straight line driving comfort. Valve refinements produce firmer, more responsive vehicle ride quality that translates through the steering wheel. This improved ride quality provides even more confidence for drivers. By listening to fellow discriminating European car owners, coupled with our 27 years of specialized European knowledge, our engineers are able to provide Audi A4 owners with a genuine Feel the Road™ ride quality.
Blauparts is a values based company. We hold true to our vision of supplying the highest quality products to our customers with the best customer service. We're confident our customers will be pleased with the high quality of our improved Audi A4 shocks. All BLAU® brand name shocks come with our limited life time warranty and 30 day money back guarantee, if not completely satisfied. We wish to thank all of our loyal customers for their continued support
Part Number MGR1014 - 1996-2001 Audi A4 Quattro Models Part Number MGR1015 - 1996-2001 Audi A4 Non Quattro Models
The Audi A4 shock absorbers are a substantial part of the suspension system. Audi A4 shocks go beyond providing mere comfort. Shocks affect other related suspension components, along with steering, tire wear and responsiveness.
The Audi A4 shock mounts, shock bump stops, shock dust boot / sleeves,spring perch plates, and lower shock nuts/bolts (connects to the lower control arm) make up the front suspension (as shown). In addition, the front suspension is equipped with 8 control arms (each with ball joints), 2 tie rod assemblies (each with inner and outer joints), and 2 sway bar links. That's another 24 moving hemi / ball joints and bushings that make up both sides of the front suspension. An Audi A4 has one of the most unique and complicated front suspension systems on the road today! We often get calls from customers who are still experiencing noise after replacing their shocks and related components. This is because control arm and shock related noises can be very similar. It is a difficult task to diagnose front end problems on these special suspension systems, even for the most experienced mechanics. Only automotive technicians that are familiar with the complexity of your specific Audi front suspension should troubleshoot and repair it. Stay tuned for our troubleshooting write up regarding the complexity of diagnosing Audi A4 front end suspension noises.
The rear Audi A4 Quattro shocks have the bump stops pre-assembled onto the shocks. The rear Audi A4 Non-Quattro 2WD models have shock bump stops, and shock dust boot / sleeves as separate components.
This spongy feeling and slow bump recovery time is one of the first signs that you're in need of new Audi A4 shocks. Other symptoms include bald patches on your tires, tire cupping, excessive shock oil seepage, vehicle pulling, poor steering response, or sharp knocks, such as when going over railroad tracks.
The importance of servicing your Audi A4 suspension the correct way can not be overstated! In this economy many are trying to save wherever possible. However, think carefully before cutting corners in this department. When replacing Audi A4 shocks in our own Audi A4 Shock Labor Costservice facility, we've seen that other suspension parts (i.e. Audi A4 shock mounts, stops, boots, and hardware) show significant signs of wear or have already begun to deteriorate and are not reusable. Many customers who have replaced only their Audi A4 shocks, have found that they're still experiencing similar suspension problems as well as random front end suspension noises. This may be because other worn shock related components can simulate the same symptoms as bad shocks. Why go through the significant labor to replace the Audi A4 shocks only to realize a failure in one or more of the related items. Consequently needing to redo your suspension job? Many wish they would have spent the extra money up front than face this labor intensive job a second time. Consider the following:
Usually when an Audi A4 shock begins to go bad the seals start to seep oil. This shock oil leaks Audi A4 Shock Bump Stops Sleevesonto the bump stop eating away at the rubber foam material, affecting its density and ability to perform its job properly. If the bump stop isn't replaced, your new shocks have the chance of bottoming out, causing internal shock damage and premature failure. Replacing the stops helps protect new Audi A4 shocks from bottoming out when hitting potholes and rough roads. Leaking shock oil can also get onto the dust boots. Over time this eats away at and weakens the rubber causing it to deteriorate and eventually rip. Ripped dust boots allow road grime and dirt to contaminate the shock causing scarring of the shock shaft and seals, resulting in premature shock failure. Replacing the boots protects new Audi A4 shocks (shock shaft and seal) from dirt and dust, ensuring their long lifespan.
Nearly all A4 models that we've had in our facility for shock replacement needed new shock mounts. Audi A4 Audi A4 Shock Mountsshock mounts are made of a rubber material and with age, collapse and deteriorate. This is especially noticeable in the front of the car since it supports the engine and endures the brunt of road impact. Worn Audi A4 shock mounts often cause a conspicuous clunking noise when going over bumps. Play at the top of the spring perch while the suspension is loaded (not un-sprung) may also be evident.BACK TO TOP