Removal & Installation
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the brake line clip from the shock absorber lower mounting bracket and disengage the brake line.
- Remove the two nuts and bolts securing the shock absorber lower bracket to the steering knuckle.
- Working in the engine compartment, remove the two nuts securing the shock absorber mounting block in the shock absorber tower.
- Disengage the shock absorber lower bracket from the steering knuckle and lower the shock absorber clear of the wheel well.
- Place the shock absorber assembly with spacer plate in the shock absorber tower with the white alignment mark facing outward.
- Install the two upper mounting block stud nuts and tighten to 34-46 ft. lbs. (46-63 Nm).
- Engage the steering knuckle in the shock absorber tower lower bracket, install the two retaining bolts and nuts, and tighten them to 69-86 ft. lbs. (93-117 Nm).
- Position the brake line into the shock absorber lower mounting bracket cutout and install the retaining clip.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Check the front wheel alignment, and adjust as necessary.
- Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.
See Figures 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
- Pry out the mounting block cap and remove the shock absorber upper nut and lockwasher.
- Secure the shock absorber mounting bracket in a vise.
- Hold the shock bushing with a prytool to prevent it from turning, then turn the shock absorber piston rod nut one revolution to loosen.
- Attach spring compressor tool 164-R3571 or equivalent, and compress the coil spring.
- Remove the shock absorber mounting bracket and spring insulator.
- Remove the washer, bearing seal and bearing from the shock absorber piston rod.
- Remove the upper spring seat, seat insulator and coil spring. Slide the jounce bumper/shield off the shock absorber.
If replacing the spring, release the spring compressor progressively to prevent spring arching. Open the compressor jaws wide enough to grip the new spring in the same position and tighten the compressor screws progressively, compressing the spring until the shock absorber can be assembled without interference.
- Check the condition of the jounce bumper and spring seat insulator and replace, as necessary.
- Make sure the bearing operates smoothly.
- Check the spring for uniform coil spacing, as well as for nicks or burrs.
- Slide the jounce bumper/shield onto the shock absorber rod and over the body.
- Install the compressed spring, upper spring seat insulator and upper seat, positioning the spring ends against the steps in the seats.
- Install the bearing, seal and washer on the shock absorber rod.
- Install the shock absorber mounting bracket with the white alignment spot on the same side of the shock absorber as the steering knuckle mounting bracket.
- Install the spacer plate. Install the lockwasher and nut and tighten to 40-50 ft. lbs. (54-67 Nm).
- Release and remove the spring compressor.