GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Without Selective Ride Control

See Figures 1 through 10

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the shock absorber from the lower control arm and the shock tower. If necessary, remove the front wheelhouse lower center panel to access the upper mount nut.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Unclip the wiring harness retainer for access to the trim panel retainers



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Fig. Fig. 2: Unfasten the trim panel retainers, then lift the panel up and out of the vehicle for access to the upper shock nut



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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a wire brush to clean off the upper shock mounting nut threads and stud



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Fig. Fig. 4: There is a special socket available to place on the shock stud to prevent it from turning while removing the nut



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Fig. Fig. 5: Use a wrench to loosen the shock upper nut while holding the ratchet and socket over the shock stud



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the upper shock mounting nut (1) and insulator retainer (2) ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then remove the upper shock insulator



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the 2 shock lower mounting bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 9: ... then remove the shock absorber assembly from the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 10: Exploded view of the shock absorber mounting

  1. Remove the insulator and retainers from the shock absorber and the shock absorber from the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten the upper and lower mount nuts to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
  4.  

With Selective Ride Control
1992-95 VEHICLES

See Figures 11, 12 and 13

Although the basic principles remained the same, in 1996 the name of the system changed from Selective Ride Control to Real Time Damping.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support vehicle, then remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Safely support the lower control arm with a jackstand.
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 11: Place a jack or stand under the control arm for support

  1. For 1992-95 vehicles, remove the actuator retaining clip, then remove the actuator from the cup retainer. Note the position of the actuator electrical leads for installation purposes.
  2.  
  3. For 1996 vehicles, detach the shock absorber solenoid electrical connector, then remove the solenoid harness from the support bracket.
  4.  

Do not let the shock absorber hang by the wiring harness after removing the retainers.

  1. Remove the shock absorber upper mounting nut(s).
  2.  
  3. If equipped, remove the cup retainer, then remove the upper insulator retainer and insulator.
  4.  
  5. Remove the shock absorber lower mounting bolts, nuts, then compress the shock absorber and remove it f