I'm doing a complete suspension refresh on my MK4 estate - new struts, balljoints and bushings etc. Most shop-people on youtube tend to use a transmission jack to load a corner of the suspension before torquing, to prevent binding and premature bushing failure. I'm just curious if this is the way most people are doing it?
I know the rear axle bushings and dampers should be torqued with about 80 kg (one person) in the boot, and I'll probably be able to reach these bolts with the car on the ground. But for the front bolts I'm not so sure. Isn't it a bit inaccurate to eyeball the load with a transmission jack? I guess I could measure the distance from the wishbone to the strut tower for instance, and try to approximate this distance when loading. But it would be interesting to know how people are doing this..?
Regards from Norway
Car: VW Golf 2002 Estate, AZD