Nissan Sentra/Pulsar/NX 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Shock Absorber



1982-86 Vehicles

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of left side rear suspension components-1982-86 vehicles

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Fig. Fig. 2: Arrows indicate the rear shock absorber upper and lower mounting hardware

  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
  3. Remove the upper nut and the lower mounting bolt form the shock absorber.
  5. Remove the shock absorber from the vehicle.
  7. To install, reverse the removal procedures. Tighten the upper shock absorber nut to 78-104 inch lbs. (9-12 Nm) and the lower shock absorber bolt to 51-65 ft. lbs. (69-88 Nm).


Shock absorbers require replacement if the vehicle fails to recover quickly (after a large bump is encountered), if there is a tendency for the vehicle to sway or if the suspension is overly susceptible to vibration.

A good way to test the shocks is to apply downward pressure to one corner of the vehicle until it is moving up and down for almost the full suspension travel, then release it and watch the recovery. If the vehicle bounces slightly about one more time and then comes to rest, the shocks are serviceable. If the vehicle goes on bouncing, the shocks require replacement.