Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



2.0L & 2.5L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    CAUTION
    Do Not remove the large center nut.



    Negative battery cable and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
     
    Wheel
     
    Sway bar link from the damper fork
     
    Damper fork lower through-bolt, upper pinch bolt and damper fork assembly
     
    Shock absorber
     



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    Fig. Exploded view of the front shock absorber assembly mounting



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    Fig. Exploded view of the front shock absorber

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Shock absorber and torque the upper mounting nuts to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm)
     
    Damper fork then torque the lower through-bolt/nut to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) and the upper pinch bolt to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm)
     
    Sway bar link and torque the link-to-damper fork nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm)
     
    Wheel
     

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  3. Perform a front end alignment.
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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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