Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1997-2000 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper shock mounting hardware.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower mounting hardware.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock absorber.
  8.  

To install:

  1. When installing the shock absorber, make sure the upper bushings are in the correct position.
  2.  
  3. Some shocks should be purged of air before fitting: extend the unit, then turn the unit upside down and compress it several times. There may be more resistance to extension than compression.
  4.  
  5. Replace any worn or cracked bushings.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the shock absorber mounting hardware:

    On Ram: 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
     
    On Dakota and Durango: 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
     

  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10.  



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Fig. Removing lower shock mount hardware



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Fig. Some new shocks should have the air purged before fitting

TESTING



Refer to the "Front Suspension" for shock absorber testing information.

 
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