GM Camaro 1967-1981 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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TESTING



If the ride of your car has become increasingly bouncy or fluid leakage can be observed on the shock absorber, it's time to replace the shock absorbers. Push up and down on the rear bumper several times and then let go. If the car continues to move up and down the shocks aren't doing their job.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1967-69 Models

See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the rear shock absorber mounting on 1967-69 models

  1. Raise the rear of the car and support the rear axle assembly.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower mounting bolt.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper bracket mounting screws and also the shock and bracket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the nut, retainer, grommet, gasket, and bracket from the shock rod.
  8.  
  9. Inspect the grommets and gasket, and replace them if they are worn or rotted.
  10.  

To install, reverse the removal procedures.

1970-81 Models

See Figures 2 through 6



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the rear shock absorber mounting on 1970-81 models



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Fig. Fig. 3: It is always a good idea to thoroughly spray suspension and steering component fasteners with penetrating lubricant to prevent breakage or banged-up knuckles



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Fig. Fig. 4: To remove the rear shock absorber on 1970-81 models, remove the lower mounting nut and washer ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then pull the lower bushing off the shock stud



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the two upper mounting bolts and lower the shock absorber out of the wheel well

  1. Raise the car and support the rear axle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower nut, retainer, and grommet.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper bolts and lift out the shock.
  6.  

To install, reverse the removal procedure.

 
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