REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Colt and 2WD Vista
- Remove the hub cap or wheel cover. Loosen the lug nuts.
- Raise the rear of the car. Support the car with jackstands. Remove the wheel.
- Remove the upper mounting bolt/nut or nut.
- 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.
- Remove the shock absorber.
Check the shock for:
- Excessive oil leakage, some minor weeping is permissible.
- Bent center rod, damaged outer case, or other defects.
- Pump the shock absorber several times, if it offers even resistance on full strokes it may be considered serviceable.
- Install the upper shock mounting nut and bolt. Hand-tighten the nut.
- 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.
- Finally, tighten the upper nut to 47-58 ft. lbs. on all models except station wagons, which are tightened to 12-15 ft. lbs.
- Raise and support the rear end on jackstands under the frame.
- Remove the rear wheels.
- Using a floor jack, raise the inner control arm slightly.
- Unbolt the top, then the bottom of the shock absorber. Remove it from the car.
- Install and attach the shock absorber. Torque the top nut to 55-58 ft. lbs.; the bottom bolt to 75-80 ft. lbs.
- Raise the vehicle and support safely.
- Remove the access cover from inside the vehicle.
- Remove the upper mount nuts.
- Remove the lower mount nuts and washers.
- Remove the shock from the vehicle and place in a vise.
- Remove the nut, washer, collar, bushing, bracket, bushing, cup, bump stopper and dust cover from the shock.
- Install the dust cover, bump stopper, cup, bushing, bracket, bushing, collar, washer and nut onto the shock.
- Torque the nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
- Install the shock assembly and torque the lower nut to 72 ft. lbs. (100 Nm) and upper nuts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).