Check, inspect and test the rear shock absorbers in the same manner as outlined for the front shock absorbers.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
- Raise and support the rear end on jackstands.
- Remove the self-locking nut, steel washer and bolt from the lower end of the shock absorber. Swing the lower end away from the bracket.
- Remove the upper mounting nut and washer.
- Attach the upper end first, then the lower end; don't tighten the nuts yet. If you are installing new gas shocks, attach the upper end loosely, aim the lower end at its bracket and cut the strap holding the shock compressed. Once extended, these shocks are very difficult to compress by hand!
Once the upper and lower ends are attached, tighten the nuts, for all models, as follows:
Lower end, except Super Duty stripped chassis and motor home chassis: 52-74 ft. lbs. (71-100 Nm)