REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Station Wagon Only
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Position a jackstand under the lower suspension arm.
- Slightly lower the vehicle to put the suspension at the normal position, then remove the two nuts retaining the shock absorber to the lower suspension arm.
- From inside the vehicle, remove the rear compartment access panels.
If the shock absorber is to be reused, do not grip the shaft with pliers or vise grips. Gripping the shaft in this manner will damage the shaft surface finish and will result in severe oil leakage.
- Remove and discard the top shock absorber attaching nut using a crow's foot wrench and ratchet, while holding the shock absorber shaft stationary with an open-end wrench.
- Remove the rubber insulator from the shock, then remove the shock from the vehicle.
The shock absorbers are gas filled. It may require extra effort to remove the shock from the lower arm.To install:
- Install a new washer and insulator assembly on the upper shock absorber rod.
- Maneuver the upper part of the shock absorber into the shock tower opening in the body. Push slowly on the lower part of the shock absorber until the mounting studs are aligned with the mounting holes in the lower suspension arm.
- Install new lower attaching nuts, but do not tighten at this time.
- Install a new shock absorber bushing repair kit, washer and nut on top of the shock absorber. Tighten the nut to 19-25 ft. lbs. (26-34 Nm).
- Install the rear compartment access panel.
- Tighten the two lower attaching nuts to 15-19 ft. lbs. (19-30 Nm).
- Install the wheel and tire assembly. Remove the safety stand supporting the lower suspension arm, then carefully lower the vehicle.
- Visually inspect the shock absorber for signs of leakage.
- If one shock absorber is leaking, replace both shock absorbers.
- Stand back and look at the vehicle. If it sags on one end check the shocks; if defective replace them.
- Bounce the vehicle up and down a few times; if the vehicle bounces more that twice, the shocks could be defective and require replacement.