GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers


Corvette Stingray shock absorbers are the sealed, hydraulic type with no provision for adding fluid or making adjustments. They should be replaced when evidence of faulty operation is discovered. Replace any leaking shock absorber.


Each shock absorber can be tested by bouncing the corner of the vehicle until maximum up and down movement is obtained. Release the car. It should stop bouncing in one or two bounces. Compare both front corners or both rear corners but do not compare the front to the rear. If one corner bounces longer than the other it should be inspected for damage and possibly be replaced.


See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of shock absorber attachments

  1. Raise the vehicle and hold the upper stem of the shock absorber with an open-end wrench. This prevents the stem from turning and allows the removal of the retaining nut, washer, and rubber grommet.
  3. Remove the two bolts that fasten the lower pivot point of the shock absorber to the lower control arm and slip the shock absorber free.
  5. Reverse the procedure to install the replacement shock absorbers.