Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Carpet, pull it back from the rear strut tower
     
    Plastic cover from the top of the strut tower
     
    Both strut assembly-to-chassis nuts
     
    Rear wheel
     
    Splash shield from the upper strut mount
     
    Strut-to-rear knuckle bolt
     
    Strut by pushing the rear suspension downward and tilting the top of the strut outward

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    Fig. Access the rear strut upper mounting from inside the trunk



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    Fig. View of the rear strut lower mounting

     

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To install:

Install the or connect the following:



Strut by pushing the rear suspension downward and inserting the top of the strut into the vehicle
 
Strut-to-rear knuckle bolt and torque the bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
 
Strut upper mounting nuts and torque the nuts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) for 2002-04; 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm) for 2005.
 
Strut top cover
 
Rear wheel
 

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    The carpet, pull it back from the rear strut tower
     
    The plastic cover from the top of the strut tower
     
    Both strut assembly-to-chassis nuts
     
    The rear wheel
     
    The splash shield from the upper strut mount
     
    The strut-to-rear knuckle bolt
     
    The strut by pushing the rear suspension downward and tilting the top of the strut outward

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Access the rear strut upper mounting from inside the trunk



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. View of the rear strut lower mounting

     

  4.  

To install:

Install the or connect the following:



The strut by pushing the rear suspension downward and inserting the top of the strut into the vehicle
 
The strut-to-rear knuckle bolt and torque the bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
 
The strut upper mounting nuts and torque the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
 
The strut top cover
 
The rear wheel. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
 

2.0L & 2.5L Engines


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Fig. Exploded view of the rear shock absorber assembly mounting



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Fig. Exploded view of the rear shock absorber


NOTE
The shock absorber assembly is a load bearing component; therefore, the vehicle chassis and axle weight must be supported separately, requiring the use of 2 separate lifting devices.

The rear package shelf front cover(s) must be removed to access the top mounting nuts. Most connections are plastic clips. Use care when removing these components to avoid unnecessary damage.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear shelf speaker covers
     
    Rear shelf top assembly
     
    Front cover(s) to access the shock absorber top mounting nuts
     

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  3. Raise and support lower control arm assembly slightly.

    Shock absorber upper mounting nuts
     
    Shock absorber lower mounting bolt
     
    Shock absorber
     

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To install:

  1. Position the shock absorber assembly so that the lower mounting bolt can be installed and lightly tightened.
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  3. Use a jack to raise or lower the lower control arm, so that the top shock absorber plate studs align through the body. Raise the jack to hold the shock absorber assembly in position.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Top plate nuts and torque the mounting nuts to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm)
     
    Lower mounting bolt and torque the bolt to 71 ft. lbs. (98 Nm)
     
    Interior trim pieces
     

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2.4L & 3.0L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
     
    Rear shelf trim
     
    Cover from the upper shock tower
     
    Upper mounting nuts
     
    Shock from the rear knuckle
     
    Shock assembly

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    Fig. Exploded view of the shock absorber

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Shock absorber and torque the shock to steering knuckle bolt to 73 ft. lbs. (98 Nm)
     
    Upper shock nuts and torque to 32 ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
     
    Upper tower cover
     
    Rear shelf trim
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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Testing & Inspection



  1. Check the rubber parts for damage or deterioration.
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  3. Check for the correct height and the proper return of the shock absorber to the original height.
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  5. Check the shock absorber for abnormal resistance or unusual sounds.
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  7. Check for oil leakage around the seals.
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  9. Replace if necessary.
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