Removal & Installation
Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital parts and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. A new part with the same part number must be installed if installation becomes necessary. NEVER use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be adhered to during reassembly to ensure correct retention of these parts.
The new shock absorber is shipped with a strap securing it in the compressed position. Do not remove this strap until the shock absorber and bracket assembly are in position and the 3 bracket bolts have been installed.
- Remove the upper arm, as outlined in this section.
- Compress the shock absorber and secure it in the compressed position using tie straps or a similar item.
- Remove the 3 shock absorber bracket bolts and remove the shock absorber and upper bracket. Discard the bolts.
- Matchmark the shock absorber to the bracket.
Remove the shock absorber upper bolt, nut and the bracket.
Copy the matchmark from the shock absorber that was removed to the shock absorber that is being installed.
NOTEDo not fully tighten the shock absorber upper bolt and nut at this time.
Position the shock absorber into the bracket and loosely install a new shock absorber upper bolt and nut.
WARNINGDo not allow the angle between the shock absorber and bracket to change while tightening the shock absorber upper nut.
Align the index marks so the center line of the shock absorber is approximately 118 degrees from the alignment tab on the bracket and tighten the shock absorber upper nut. Tighten to 103 Nm (76 lb-ft).
- Position the shock absorber and bracket assembly and install the 3 bracket bolts. Tighten to 40 Nm (30 lb-ft).
- Install the upper arm, as outlined in this section.