Removal & Installation
- Remove the interior rear quarter trim panel.
- Remove the two nuts securing the shock assembly to the body bracket.
- Raise and support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel mounting nuts, then the rear tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the shock lower mounting nut and bolt.
- Lower the shock assembly out of the body bracket and lift out over rear suspension.
- 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.
- Install the mounting bolt and nut fastening the shock assembly to the lower control arm. Do not tighten at this time.
- Install the tire and wheel assembly. Install and tighten wheel mounting nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- install the two nuts securing the shock assembly to the body bracket. Tighten the mounting nuts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
- Install the interior rear quarter trim panel.
- Position the vehicle on an alignment rack/drive-on lift. Raise the lift as necessary to access the shock mounting bolt and nut.
- Tighten the shock assembly lower mounting bolt nut to 73 ft. lbs. (99 Nm).
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.