Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Shock absorber removal and installation is covered later in this section under strut overhaul procedures. Two types of shock absorbs are used: the sealed cartridge and the open oil type.

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of common MacPherson strut on rear wheel drive vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 2: MacPherson strut front suspension-1988-89 323



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Fig. Fig. 3: MacPherson strut front suspension-GLC rear wheel drive models



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Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of a front strut-1983-85 GLC



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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of a front strut-1983-89 626



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Fig. Fig. 6: MacPherson strut front suspension-RX-7

TESTING



This test can be done without removing the shock absorber from the vehicle.

Visually inspect the shock absorber for evidence of leakage. If an excessive amount of oil is found, the shock is defective and must be replaced.

If there is no sign of excessive leakage (a small amount of weeping is normal) bounce the car at one corner by pressing up and down on the fender or bumper. When you have the car bouncing as much as possible, step back and count how many times the car bounces by itself until it stops. It should stop bouncing after the first rebound. If it continues to bounce past the center point of its up-and-down motion more than once, the shock absorbers are worn and should be replaced.

 
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