Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers



To test the shock absorbers, bounce the rear of the car up and down a few times. When released, the car should return to its normal ride height and stop bouncing immediately. If the shocks are worn, they should both be replaced to provide equal damping.

Heavy-duty replacements are available to provide a more stable and slightly firmer ride. Air adjustable shock absorbers can be used to maintain a level ride with heavy loads.

Air adjustable shock absorbers should not be used to raise the car to provide clearance for outsize rear tires. The results of a sudden pressure loss underway could be disastrous.


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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the rear shock absorber assembly

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Fig. Fig. 2 To remove the rear shock absorber, unscrew the lower mounting nut

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Fig. Fig. 3 If necessary, use pliers to keep the shock from rotating while removing the nut

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Fig. Fig. 4 Unbolt the upper mount and remove the shock from the vehicle

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  1. Raise the car and support it under the rear axle to relieve the load from the shock absorber.
  3. Remove the nut which attaches the shock to the spring mounting plate stud and then pull the shock from the stud.
  5. At the upper mount, remove the shock attaching bolt and nut and remove the shock from the car.
  7. Purge the new shock of air by extending it in its normal position and compressing it while inverted. Do this several times. It is normal for there to be more resistance to extension than to compression.
  9. To install the shock, position it so the upper bolt may be inserted. Hand-tighten the nut and bolt.
  11. Align the shock with the spring mounting plate stud, install the retainer, nut, and washer, and hand-tighten the nut.
  13. Lower the car and tighten the upper nut to 70 ft. lbs. and the lower to 35 ft. lbs.