GM Full-Size Trucks 1988-1998 Repair Information

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the shock absorber lower end bolt, nut and washer



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the shock absorber and inspect the rubber bushings

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the upper end bolt, nut and washer.
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  5. Remove the lower end bolt, nut and washer.
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  7. Remove the shock absorber and inspect the rubber bushings. If these are defective, replace the shock absorber assembly.
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To install:
  1. Install the shock and tighten both nuts to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) on 1988-90 models; 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm) on 1991-98 models. Make sure that the bolts are inserted in the proper direction. The bolt head on the upper end should be forward; the bottom end bolt head is rearward.
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TESTING



Refer to the shock absorber testing procedure in the R/C series front suspension portion of the section.

 
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