Dodge Colt/Challenger/Conquest/Vista 1971-1989 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 It is always a good idea to lubricate the upper and lower mounting nuts and bolts prior to removal



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Fig. Fig. 2 Loosen the lower nut ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... and separate the assembly from the frame



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Fig. Fig. 4 Loosen the upper bolt ...



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Fig. Fig. 5 ... then remove the mounting bolt and nut

Except 4-WD 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:
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    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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4-WD 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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