CTS 2003-2005

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



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

    Front wheel
     
    Upper control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt
     
    Upper ball joint from steering knuckle
     
    Lower shock mounting bolts
     
    A/C line bracket from shock tower and position aside
     
    Upper shock mounting bolts
     
    Shock module assembly
     

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  5. Install the shock assembly into a spring compressor.
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  7. Compress the coil spring and remove the shock absorber upper retaining nut.
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  9. Remove the shock absorber from the shock module assembly.
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To install:

  1. Install the shock absorber into the shock module assembly. Tighten the upper retaining nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  3. Remove the shock module assembly from the spring compressor.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Shock module assembly into the vehicle. Tighten the upper mounting bolts to 83 ft. lbs. (112 Nm).
     
    A/C line bracket. Tighten to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
     
    Lower shock mounting bolts. Tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
     
    Upper ball joint to the steering knuckle
     
    Upper control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
     
    Front wheel
     

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