GM Camaro 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear shock upper mount



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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear shock lower mount

  1. Jack up the car to a convenient working height. Support the axle assembly with jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the upper shock attaching nuts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower shock to axle mounting bolt.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock absorber.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Position the shock into place.
  2.  
  3. Install the lower shock to axle mounting bolt. Torque to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the upper shock attaching nuts. Torque the upper nuts to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
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  7. Lower the car.
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TESTING



Visually inspect the shock absorber. If there is evidence of leakage and the shock absorber is covered with oil, the shock is defective and should be replaced.

If there is no sign of excessive leakage (a small amount of weeping is normal) bounce the car at one corner by pressing down on the fender or bumper and releasing. When you have the car bouncing as much as you can, release it. The car should stop bouncing after the first rebound. If the bouncing continues past the center point of the bounce more than once, the shock absorbers are worn and should be replaced.

 
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