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How to Replace Shock Absorbers

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Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

Parts
  • Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Tools
  • Floor Jack
Difficulty

Moderate

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Steps

Safety Tip:
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.



1
Make sure the vehicle is parked on a solid level surface to ensure that it does not roll or lean when raised.
2
Using a floor jack, raise up the front or rear of the vehicle.
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3
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.
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4
Support the axle or control arm with a floor jack.
5
Remove the lower mounting bolt and any cushions and cushion retainers.
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6
Remove the upper shock mounting bolt and any cushions and cushion retainers.
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7
Remove the shock absorber.
8
Install the new shock absorber. Torque the upper and lower mounting bolts/nuts to the manufacturer's specifications
9
Repeat for the other side.
10
Road test the vehicle to verify the repairs.
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