S10 Pickup, Sonoma 2000-2004

Shock Absorbers


Removal & Installation

  1. Properly support the rear axle assembly.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Automatic level control air lines from the shock absorber, if equipped
    Shock absorber-to-frame retainers at the top of the shock
    Shock-to-axle retainers at the bottom of the shock
    Shock absorber


To install:

  1. Install the shock in the vehicle and loosely install the upper mounting fasteners to retain it.
  3. Align the lower-end of the shock absorber with the axle mounting, then loosely install the retainers.
  5. Tighten the upper shock retainers to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Tighten the lower shock retainers to 62 ft. lbs. (84 Nm).
  7. If equipped, attach the automatic level control air lines to the shock absorber.

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    Fig. Rear shock absorber mounting


Testing & Inspection

Refer to the shock absorber testing procedures outlined under the 2-Wheel-Drive Coil Spring Front Suspension portion of this manual.