GM Astro/Safari 1985-1996 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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In order to maintain proper suspension balance and vehicle handling, shock absorbers should only be replaced in axle sets.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the early-model AWD shock mounting-1990-92 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the late-model AWD shock mounting-1993-96 vehicles

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support safely using jackstands.
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  3. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  5. For 1992 and later vehicles, remove the inner wheel well splash shields.
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  7. Remove the lower nut, washer and bolt.
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Note the direction which the bolts are facing before removal. The bolts must be installed in the same direction as noted to assure there is not interference with suspension components during vehicle operation.

  1. Remove the upper nut, washer and bolt, then collapse and remove the shock absorber.
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To install:
  1. Install the shock absorber to the brackets using the nuts and bolts. Be sure the bolts are facing the proper direction as noted during removal.
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  3. Tighten the nuts to 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm) for 1990-95 vehicles or to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm) for 1996 vehicles.
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  5. If applicable, install the inner wheel well splash shields.
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  7. Install the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  9. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
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