REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 6
- Remove the rear compartment access panels. On 4-door models, remove the quarter trim panel.
Do not attempt to remove the shaft nut by turning the shaft and holding the nut. The nut must be turned and the shaft held.
- Loosen, but do not remove, the top strut attaching nut using an 18mm deep socket while holding the strut rod with a 6mm Allen wrench (1981-85 vehicles) or a 1 / 4 drive, 8mm deep socket and suitable extension (1985 1 / 2 -90 vehicles).
If the strut is to be reused, do not grip the shaft with pliers or vise grips, as this will damage the shaft surface finish and may result in severe oil leakage.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel(s).
If a frame contact lift is used, support the lower control arm with a floor jack. If a twin-post lift is used, support the body with floor jacks on lifting pads forward of the body bracket.
- Remove the stabilizer bar link from shock bracket, if equipped.
- Remove the clip retaining the brake line flexible hose to the rear shock and move it aside.
- Loosen the two nuts and bolts retaining the shock to the spindle. Do not remove the bolts at this time.
- Remove and discard the top mounting nut, washer and rubber insulator.
- Remove and discard the two bottom mounting bolts.
- Remove the shock from the vehicle.
- Extend shock absorber to its maximum length.
- Install a new lower washer and insulator assembly, using tire mounting lubricant, or equivalent, to ease insertion into the quarter panel shock tower.
- Position the upper part of the shock absorber shaft into the shock tower opening in the body and push slowly on the lower part of the shock until the mounting holes are lined up with the mounting holes in the spindle.
- Install new lower mounting bolts and nuts. Do not tighten at this time.
The heads of both bolts must be to the rear of the vehicle.
- Place a new upper insulator and washer assembly and nut on the upper shock absorber shaft. Tighten the nut to 60-70 ft. lbs. (81-95 Nm) 1981-85 models and 35-55 ft. lbs. (48-75 Nm) on 1985 1 / 2 -90 models. Do not grip the shaft with pliers or vise grips.
- Tighten the two lower mounting bolts to 90-100 ft. lbs. (122-135 Nm) on 1981-85 models and 70-96 ft. lbs. (95-130 Nm) on 1985 1 / 2 -90 models.
- Install stabilizer bar link to bracket on strut, if equipped. Tighten bolts to 40-55 ft. lbs. (55-75 Nm).
- Install brake line flex hose and retaining clip.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Install quarter trim and access panels, as required.