Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.
How to Replace Shock Absorbers
- Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.
Make sure the vehicle is parked on a solid level surface to ensure that it does not roll or lean when raised.
Using a floor jack, raise up the front or rear of the vehicle.
Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
Support the axle or control arm with a floor jack.
Remove the lower mounting bolt and any cushions and cushion retainers.
Remove the upper shock mounting bolt and any cushions and cushion retainers.
Remove the shock absorber.
Install the new shock absorber. Torque the upper and lower mounting bolts/nuts to the manufacturer's specifications
Repeat for the other side.
Road test the vehicle to verify the repairs.
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