REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 7
- Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the front wheels.
- Remove the brake hose clamp bolt.
- Using a floor jack, place it beneath the lower control arm to support it.
- Remove the lower shock absorber retaining bolt from the steering knuckle, then slowly lower the jack.
Be sure the jack is positioned securely beneath the lower control arm at the ball joint. Otherwise, the tension from the torsion bar may cause the lower control arm to suddenly "jump" away from the shock absorber as the pinch bolt is removed.
- Compress the shock absorber by hand, then remove the two upper lock nuts and shock absorber.
- Perform the inspection procedure following or replace the damper.
To install, take note of the following:
- Use new self-locking nuts on the top of the shock absorber assembly mount and tighten to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Install a new self-locking nut on the shock absorber shaft, tighten it to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
- With the floor jack under the steering knuckle,carefully raise it to allow proper re-insertion of the damper tube into the steering knuckle and tighten the lower pinch bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
- Install and tighten the brake hose clamp to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
- Install the wheel/tire assembly, then perform the following inspection procedure, if satisfied, road test for proper function.
See Figure 8
- Check for wear or damage to bushings.
- Check for oil leaks from the shock absorbers.
- Check all rubber parts for wear or damage.
- Bounce the vehicle to check shock absorbing effectiveness. The vehicle should continue to bounce for no more than two cycles.