GM Firebird 1967-1981 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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If the ride of your car has become increasingly bouncy and/or fluid leakage can be observed on the shock absorbers, it's time to replace them. 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 1967-69 models

  1. Raise the rear of the car and support the rear axle assembly.
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  3. Remove the lower mounting bolt.
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  5. Remove the upper bracket mounting screws and also the shock and bracket.
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  7. Remove the nut, retainer, grommet, gasket, and bracket from the shock rod.
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  9. Inspect the grommets and gasket, and replace them if they are worn or rotted.
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  11. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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1970-81 Models See Figures 2 through 6

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



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Fig. Fig. 3: When working on shock absorbers, it helps to spray the mounting fasteners with penetrating lubricant



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the lower nut and washer from the shock absorber stud ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then remove the lower rubber grommet



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the two upper mounting bolts (arrows) and lower the shock absorber

  1. Raise the car and support the rear axle.
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  3. Remove the lower nut, retainer, and grommet.
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  5. Remove the upper bolts and lift out the shock. Replace distorted or damaged bushings.
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  7. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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