Jeep Wrangler/YJ 1987-1995 Repair Guide

Shock Absorbers



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front spring and shock absorber mounting

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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a wrench to hold the upper stem while removing the nut, washer and grommet

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Fig. Fig. 3: If necessary, vise grip pliers may also be used to keep the shock absorber upper stem from turning

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Fig. Fig. 4: A back-up wrench should also be used when removing the lower nut, washers and bolt from the shock absorber

  1. Hold the upper stem from turning using a wrench or vise grip pliers, then remove the upper end nut, washer and grommet from the shock absorber stem.
  3. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  5. Unbolt the lower end, then remove the shock absorber.
  7. Remove the remaining upper grommet.

To install:
  1. If the shock absorbers are being replaced, make sure that you use new grommets at the upper end. If you are reusing the shocks, it's a good idea to replace grommets that show any signs of wear or are more than a year old.
  3. Install the lower grommet on the shock stem, with the shoulder facing upwards.
  5. Mount the shock at the lower end, with the nut finger-tight.
  7. Guide the shock stem into the mounting hole in the frame bracket.
  9. Torque the lower end nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
  11. Lower the vehicle.
  13. Install the upper end grommet with the shoulder facing downwards.
  15. Align the shoulders of the two upper end grommets in the frame mounting hole. Install the washer and nut. Torque the nut to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).

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.