GM Metro/Sprint 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1985-88 Sprint

See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear shock absorber assembly - Sprint

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheels.
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  3. Support the rear axle assembly using jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper shock absorber locknut and absorber nut.
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  7. Remove the lower shock mount bolt.
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  9. Remove the shock absorber from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the shock absorber.
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  3. Install the lower shock mount bolt and tighten to 32-50 ft. lbs. (45-70 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the upper shock locknut and absorber nut. Tighten to 13-20 ft. lbs. (18-28 Nm).
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  7. Remove the jackstand and lower the vehicle.
  8.  

1989-93 Metro

See Figure 2



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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear suspension components - Metro

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  2.  
  3. Place a jackstand under the suspension arm for support when it lowers.
  4.  
  5. Remove the shock support nuts and push the shock down.
  6.  
  7. Remove the lower shock-to-knuckle bolt.
  8.  

Do not open the knuckle slit wider than necessary. Do not lower the jack more than necessary during the strut removal to prevent the coil spring from coming off, or a brake flexible hose from stretching.

  1. Remove the shock from the knuckle. Compress the shock as short as possible for removal. If the shock is hard to remove, open the slit of the knuckle by inserting a wedge.
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To install:
  1. Install the shock absorber in the vehicle. Position the bottom of the alignment projection inside the knuckle opening.
  2.  
  3. Install the upper support nuts and tighten to 24 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install shock absorber-to-knuckle bolt and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  8.  
  9. Remove the jackstand and lower the vehicle.
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