Caliber 2007

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove the interior rear quarter trim panel.
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  3. Remove the two nuts securing the shock assembly to the body bracket.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the wheel mounting nuts, then the rear tire and wheel assembly.
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  9. Remove the shock lower mounting nut and bolt.
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  11. Lower the shock assembly out of the body bracket and lift out over rear suspension.
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To install:

  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. Install and tighten wheel mounting nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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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 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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  11. Install the interior rear quarter trim panel.
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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 & Inspection



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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