Solstice 2006-2008, Sky 2007-2008

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the wheels.
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  7. Without disconnecting the hydraulic brake hose from the caliper, remove and support the brake caliper with bracket as an assembly.
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  9. Separate the lower control arm ball stud from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Remove the lower shock mounting bolts.
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  13. Remove the upper shock mounting nuts.
    NOTE
    Raise the steering knuckle and upper control arm while removing the shock module toward the rear of the vehicle.

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  15. Remove the shock module.

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    Fig. Shock module

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To install:

  1. Install the shock module.
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  3. Install the upper strut nuts and tighten to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
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  5. Install the lower strut bolts, nuts and tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm)
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  7. Reconnect the lower control arm ball stud to the steering knuckle and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm) plus an additional 135°
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  9. Install brake caliper assembly and tighten caliper bracket bolts to 85ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
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  11. Install the wheels.
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  13. Lower vehicle.
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  15. Check wheel alignment.
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Testing & Inspection



  1. Test drive vehicle.
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  3. Inspect each shock absorber for external fluid leakage.
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  5. Use your hands in order to lift up and push down each corner of the vehicle 3 times.
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  7. Remove your hands from the vehicle.
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  9. Replace any shock that exceeds more than two bounces.
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