Chevrolet Full-size Cars 1968-1978 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers



Visually inspect the shock absorber. If there is evidence of leakage and the shock absorber is covered with oil, the shock is defective and should be replaced.

If there is no sign of excessive leakage (a small amount of weeping is normal) bounce the vehicle at one corner by pressing down on the fender or bumper and releasing. When you have the vehicle bouncing as much as you can, release the fender or bumper. The vehicle should stop bouncing after the first rebound. If the bouncing continues past the center point of the bounce more than once, the shock absorbers are worn and should be replaced.


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Fig. Fig. 1 Front shock absorber mounting points

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Fig. Fig. 2 The front shock absorber upper mount (arrow) can be accessed through here

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Fig. Fig. 3 Remove the two lower shock absorber mounting bolts, then remove shock absorber

  1. With an open end wrench hold the upper stem of the shock absorber from turning. Remove the upper stem retaining nut, retainer and grommet.
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the two bolts retaining the lower shock absorber to the lower control arm. Remove the shock absorber from the vehicle.
  5. With the lower retainer and the rubber grommet in place over the upper stem, install the shock (fully extended) back through the lower control arm.
  7. Install the upper grommet, retainer and nut onto the upper stem.
  9. Install the retainers on the lower end of the shock absorber. Lower the vehicle.
  11. Hold the upper stem from turning with an open end wrench and then tighten the retaining nut.