How to Replace Shocks and Struts in a Dodge Grand Caravan– 2008 - 2010
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. We'll install shocks in the rear, but in the front we're going to install these Duralast Loaded Strut Assemblies for a faster install and better ride control. You can do this job at home with hand tools. These are the tools you'll need for the job. Don't have a torque wrench, don't worry. You can borrow it for free from AutoZone through the Loaner Tool program. You'll also need a good hydraulic jack, some jack stands and wheel chocks. Make sure the car is in park with the parking brake on before starting. You may also need some PB Blaster to loosen up tough nuts and bolts. You're going to need to remove a cowl cover to access the top of the strap. Loosen and remove the nuts holding the arm in place.
Use a screwdriver to pull off the clips. Then just remove the cowl. Go back down to the wheel and break lugs. Jack up the vehicle from a secure point and place the vehicle on jack stands. Move the jack once that's done. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel. Use a 10 millimeter to remove the wheel speed sensor bracket. Remove the sway bar link nut with a T40 Torx bit and the 18 millimeter wrench. Remove the two bottom bolts and nuts with a 21 millimeter socket and a 21 millimeter combo wrench. Now the bottom bolt is splined, so you'll need help from the mallet to get it out. Leave the nut on the end of the bolt to protect the threat when you're hitting the bolt. Once the bolts are out, remove the top nuts with a 13 millimeter socket and a three-eighths extension to help you reach.
You may need to enlist some help for the next step. Now you'll need to hold onto the assembly while removing the final nut and then remove the assembly. Install the new assembly, then tighten one of the top nuts to hold it in place. Install the other top nuts, and tighten. Install the bottom bolts and nuts. Start with the top not splined bolt to create a better alignment for the splined bolt. Then install the bottom splined pole. You won't need to do anything special this time. The bolt will pull through as you tighten the nut. Install the sway bar link. Install the wheel speed sensor. Be sure to line up the slot with the tab coming off the strut assembly. Install the wheel. Tighten the lug nuts, then jack up the car. Remove the jack and lower the car until the wheel is just touching. Tighten the lug nuts to torque. Repeat this on the other side before installing cowl cover and wipers.
Once all that's done, you're ready to move to the rear. For the rear, raise the vehicle and remove the wheel using the same procedures as the front, adjust with the appropriate wheel and support points. Once the car is safely raised, use a jack to support the rear suspension. Remove the top nut and bolt with an 18 millimeter socket on a half inch ratchet and an 18 millimeter wrench. Remove the bottom nut with an 18 millimeter socket on a half inch ratchet. Remove the old shock. Install the new shock. Install the bottom nut and bolt. Install and tighten the top nut and bolt. Tighten the bottom nut. Now you can remove the jack support. Install the wheel following the same procedure as the front. Repeat on the other side, and you're done. We recommend going for a test drive, getting an alignment check and enjoying your new suspension.
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