Volkswagen Vanagon Official Factory Repair Manual: 1980-1991

Section 40 Front Wheel Suspension Shafts and Axle
at top right of page 40.4

Shock absorber, removing/installing

Front shock absorber is removed through lower control arm
with vehicle standing on ground remove lower shock absorber bolt from lower control arm
lift vehicle
remove upper nut, washer, bushing and shock absorber from body bracket. Install new shock absorber and bolt to body bracket
lower vehicle and install lower shock mounting bolt to control arm