Chrysler Colt/Vista 1990-1993 Repair Information

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Colt and 2WD Vista
  1. Remove the hub cap or wheel cover. Loosen the lug nuts.
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  3. Raise the rear of the car. Support the car with jackstands. Remove the wheel.
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  5. Remove the upper mounting bolt/nut or nut.
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  7. While holding the bottom stud mount nut with one wrench, remove the locknut with another wrench, or on some models remove the nut and bolt from the mounting bracket.
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  9. Remove the shock absorber.
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  11. Check the shock for:
    1. Excessive oil leakage, some minor weeping is permissible.
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    3. Bent center rod, damaged outer case, or other defects.
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    5. Pump the shock absorber several times, if it offers even resistance on full strokes it may be considered serviceable.
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  13. Install the upper shock mounting nut and bolt. Hand-tighten the nut.
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  15. Install the bottom eye of the shock over the spring stud or into the mounting bracket and insert the bolt and nut. Tighten the nut to 12-15 ft. lbs. on rear wheel drive car; 47-58 ft. lbs. on front wheel drive cars.
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  17. Finally, tighten the upper nut to 47-58 ft. lbs. on all models except station wagons, which are tightened to 12-15 ft. lbs.
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1990-91 4WD Vista
  1. Raise and support the rear end on jackstands under the frame.
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  3. Remove the rear wheels.
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  5. Using a floor jack, raise the inner control arm slightly.
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  7. Unbolt the top, then the bottom of the shock absorber. Remove it from the car.
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  9. Install and attach the shock absorber. Torque the top nut to 55-58 ft. lbs.; the bottom bolt to 75-80 ft. lbs.
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1992-93 Vista
  1. Raise the vehicle and support safely.
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  3. Remove the access cover from inside the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the upper mount nuts.
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  7. Remove the lower mount nuts and washers.
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  9. Remove the shock from the vehicle and place in a vise.
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  11. Remove the nut, washer, collar, bushing, bracket, bushing, cup, bump stopper and dust cover from the shock.
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To install:
  1. Install the dust cover, bump stopper, cup, bushing, bracket, bushing, collar, washer and nut onto the shock.
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  3. Torque the nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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  5. Install the shock assembly and torque the lower nut to 72 ft. lbs. (100 Nm) and upper nuts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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