GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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BOUNCE TEST



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.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the rear shock absorber top and bottom mounts



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Fig. Fig. 2: Unfasten the lower shock mounting nut



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the nut and washers ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... then pull the shock off the strut rod shaft

  1. Remove the upper shock absorber bolt and nut.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower mounting nut and lockwasher.
  4.  
  5. Slide the upper eye of the shock absorber out of the frame bracket.
  6.  
  7. Pull the lower eye off the strut rod shaft and remove the rubber grommets.
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To install:
  1. Position the upper shock absorber eye in the frame mounting bracket and install the bolt, lockwasher, and nut.
  2.  
  3. Install the inner rubber grommet and then the shock absorber eye on the strut rod shaft. Install the outer grommet, washer, lockwasher, and nut.
  4.  
  5. Torque the upper nut to 40-60 ft. lbs. and the lower nut to 50-60 ft. lbs.
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