Ford Ranger 2000-2005

Shock Absorbers


Removal & Installation

Low pressure gas shocks are charged with nitrogen gas. Do not attempt to open, puncture or apply heat to them. Prior to installing a new shock absorber, hold it upright and extend it fully. Invert it and fully compress and extend it at least 3 times. This will bleed trapped air.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Upper shock-to-frame attaching nut, washer and insulator assembly
    Lower shock-to-control arm attaching nuts
    Slightly compress the shock absorber by hand and remove it from the vehicle


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Position the lower washer and insulator on the shock absorber rod and position the shock absorber to the upper frame bracket mount
    Position the upper insulator and washer on the shock absorber rod and install the attaching nut loosely.
    Position the lower shock absorber mounting studs into the control arm and install the attaching nuts loosely.
    Torque the lower shock attaching nuts to 15-21 ft. lbs. (21-29 Nm), and the upper shock attaching bolts to 30-40 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
    Negative battery cable