REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly, for additional access.
- Remove the shock absorber-to-lower mount nut, washers and bushings.
- On all models except Hombre, remove the shock absorber-to-chassis nut, washers and bushings.
- On Hombre models, remove the shock absorber-to-chassis retainer nuts and bolts.
- Remove the shock absorber.
- If reinstalling the original shock, check the rubber bushings on the shock and replace if torn or excessively worn.
- Install the shock absorber to the upper mount and secure in place with the nut and washer.
- Attach the shock to the lower mount and secure in place with the nut and washer.
- Tighten the shock absorber-to-chassis nut to 20-22 ft. lbs. (26-29 Nm) for Rodeo and Trooper, 28-39 ft. lbs. (36-51 Nm) for Amigo and Pick-up models. On Hombre models, tighten the top retainer nuts and bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
- Tighten the shock absorber-to-lower mount nut to 29-32 ft. lbs. (38-42 Nm) for all models except Hombre. On Hombre models, tighten the lower nut to 62 ft. lbs. (84 Nm).
- Install the wheel and tire assembly, then lower the vehicle.
There are 2 possible clues that the shock absorbers are worn and may need replacement. The first is how the vehicle rides and the second is how the shocks appear. The shocks should be checked if the ride of your vehicle has become increasingly bouncy or if oil is visible on the shock, indicating possible fluid leakage.
Visually inspect the shock absorber if trouble or wear is suspected. If the shock absorber is covered with oil and there is evidence of leakage, the shock is defective and should be replaced.
If there is no sign of excessive leakage (a small amount of weeping is normal) but the ride is still suspect, bounce the vehicle at one corner by pressing down on the rear bumper and releasing. When you have the vehicle bouncing as much as you can, release the fender or bumper. The vehicle should stop bouncing after the first rebound. If the bouncing continues past the center point of the bounce more than once, the shock absorbers are worn and should be replaced.