Avenger 2008

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Chrysler Sebring 2008-2009

Dodge Avenger 2008-2009

  1. Move aside the luggage compartment carpet as necessary to access the shock assembly upper mounting nuts.
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  3. Remove the two nuts (1) securing the shock assembly (2) to the body bracket (3).

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    Fig. Remove the two nuts (1) securing the shock assembly (2) to the body bracket (3)

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  5. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  9. Remove the lower shock mounting nut (1) and bolt (4).

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    Fig. Remove the lower shock mounting nut (1) and bolt (4)

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  11. Lower the shock assembly (2) out of the body bracket and lift out over rear suspension.
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To install:


NOTE
When installing the shock assembly into the body bracket in the following step, be sure to position the upper mounting bracket so that the angular formed side (as viewed from above) of the mounting bracket flange (1) is facing outboard of vehicle (opposite side of bracket is rounded).



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Fig. Position the upper mounting bracket so that the angular formed side of the mounting bracket flange (1) is facing outboard of vehicle

  1. Insert the lower end of the shock assembly down though the lower control arm from above just enough to clear the body, then lift it up into the body bracket.
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  3. Install the mounting bolt and nut fastening the shock assembly to the lower control arm. Do not tighten at this time.
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  5. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  7. Lower the vehicle.
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  9. Install the two nuts securing the shock assembly to the body bracket. Tighten the mounting nuts to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  11. Reposition the luggage compartment carpet as necessary.
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  13. Position the vehicle on an alignment rack/drive-on lift. Raise the lift as necessary to access the shock mounting bolt and nut.
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  15. Tighten the shock assembly lower mounting bolt nut to 73 ft. lbs. (99 Nm).
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Testing



Specific to:

Chrysler Sebring 2008-2009

Dodge Avenger 2008-2009

Inspect the shock absorber for damage and evidence of fluid running from the upper end of the fluid reservoir. (Actual leakage will be a stream of fluid running down the side of the reservoir tube and dripping off lower end of unit). A slight amount of seepage between the shaft and shaft seal is not unusual and does not affect performance of the shock absorber.

 
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