Jeep CJ 1945-1970 Repair Information

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 6



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Fig. Fig. 1: On later models, the shock absorber is mounted to the vehicle with 2 through-bolts



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Fig. Fig. 2: On early models, remove the shock absorber's upper retaining cotter pin ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and remove the outer flat washer



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the outer half of the shock absorber bushing



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Fig. Fig. 5: Slide the shock absorber off of the mounting stud and remove the inner half of the bushing



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Fig. Fig. 6: Perform the same removal steps on the lower end of the shock absorber

  1. Remove the locknuts and washers. Utility, CJ-2A, CJ-3A and CJ-3B models have cotter pins instead of locknuts. Remove the cotter pins and washers on these models.
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  3. Pull the shock absorber eyes and rubber bushings from the mounting pins.
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  5. Install the shocks in reverse order of the removal procedure. Tighten the upper bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm) and the lower bolt to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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Squeaking usually occurs when movement takes place between the rubber bushings and the metal parts. The squeaking may be eliminated by placing the bushings under greater pressure. This is accomplished either by adding additional washers where the cotter pins are used or by tightening the locknuts. Do not use mineral lubricant to stop the squeaking as it will deteriorate the rubber.

 
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