Corvette 2005-2008

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



With Heavy Duty Shocks (FE3 Suspension)
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    The following tools are required for removal:



    J-33432-A Leaf Spring Compressor or equivalent
     
    J-43822 Shock Remover/Installer or equivalent
     

  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:


  4.  
  5. Negative battery cable.
  6.  
  7. Raise the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the electronic suspension control electrical connector from the shock, if equipped.
  12.  
  13. Remove the upper mounting nut, insulator retainer, and insulator.
  14.  
  15. Using a pry bar compress the shock absorber from the bottom upward.
  16.  
  17. Install the J-43822 to the shock absorber while the shock is compressed.
  18.  
  19. Remove the shock absorber from the shock tower and the vehicle.
  20.  
  21. Remove J-43822 from the shock absorber.
  22.  

To install:

  1. Install the J-43822 to the shock absorber.
  2.  
  3. Install the shock absorber into the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Install the upper insulator, retainer, and nut.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the shock absorber upper mounting nut to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Remove J-43822 from the shock absorber.
  10.  
  11. Install J-33432-A to the spring and compress.
  12.  
  13. Raise the lower control arm and install the shock absorber lower mounting bolts and nuts.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the shock absorber lower mounting nuts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Remove J-33432-A from the spring.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the electronic suspension control electrical connector from the shock, if equipped.
  20.  
  21. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  22.  
  23. Lower the vehicle.
  24.  

Without Heavy Duty Shocks (FE3 Suspension)
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    The following tools are required for removal:



    J-33432-A Leaf Spring Compressor or equivalent
     
    J-43822 Shock Remover/Installer or equivalent
     

  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:


  4.  
  5. Negative battery cable.
  6.  
  7. Raise the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the electronic suspension control electrical connector from the shock, if equipped.
  12.  
  13. Remove the upper mounting nut, insulator retainer, and insulator.
  14.  
  15. Remove the shock absorber lower mounting bolts and nuts.
  16.  
  17. Remove the shock absorber from the upper shock tower and the vehicle.
  18.  
  19. Remove the insulator and retainer from shock absorber.
  20.  

To install:

  1. Install the retainer and insulator to the shock absorber.
  2.  
  3. Install the shock absorber to the upper shock tower.
  4.  
  5. Install the upper insulator, retainer, and nut.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the shock absorber upper mounting nut to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the shock absorber lower mounting bolts and nuts.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the shock absorber lower mounting nuts to 21ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Connect the electronic suspension control electrical connector to the shock, if equipped.
  14.  
  15. Remove J-33432-A from the spring.
  16.  
  17. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  18.  
  19. Lower the vehicle.
  20.  

 
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