Astro, Safari 1997-2005

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove the tire and wheel.
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  3. Remove the shock absorber mounting nut, the retainer, and the insulator. Hold the shock absorber upper stem in order to keep the stem from turning. A hex is provided on the end of the stem for this purpose.
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  5. Remove the shock absorber mounting bolts. The nuts will remain attached to the lower control arm.
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  7. Pull the shock absorber out through the hole in the lower control arm.
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To install:

  1. Install the shock absorber, fully extended, up through the hole in the lower control arm.
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  3. Install the upper insulator, the retainer, and the shock absorber mounting nut over the shock absorber upper stem.
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  5. Install the shock absorber mounting bolts through the holes in the lower control arm. Tighten as follows:
    1. Tighten the shock absorber mounting nut to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm) while holding the upper stem of the shock absorber.
    2.  
    3. Tighten the shock absorber mounting bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
    4.  

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  7. Install the tire and wheel.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Support the lower control arm (front) or axle assembly (rear).
  4.  
  5. Remove wheel.
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  7. Remove inner wheel well splash shield, if removing the front shock absorber.
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  9. Remove lower nut, washer and bolt.
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  11. Remove upper nut, washer and bolt.
    NOTE
    Compress the front shock absorber to make removal easier.

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  13. Remove shock absorber.

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    Fig. Front shock absorber mounting

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To install:

  1. Compress the front shock absorber to make installation easier.
  2.  
  3. Install shock absorber.
  4.  
  5. Install lower nut. Torque the nut to 62 ft. lbs. (84 Nm).
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  7. Install upper bolt. Torque the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  9. Install wheel.
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