How To Replace Shocks & Struts on a 2005-2010 2WD & 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We'll install shocks in the rear, and in the front we'll 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. Big tools like the torque wrench you can borrow for free from AutoZone with the Loan-A-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.
Now let's break those lug nuts loose. Jack up the vehicle from a secure point and place it on jack stands. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel. Remove the ABS sensor from the retaining clip mounting points. Use a 10-millimeter to remove the brake hose bracket. Now, we're going to use that jack to support the lower part of the knuckle. We'll need an 18-millimeter to remove the lower sway bar link bolt. Loosen the upper knuckle mounting nut using an 18-millimeter, then separate the nut bolt from the upper control arm by using a mallet and then remove the nut. Remove the lower strut mount clevis bolt using a 21-millimeter. Loosen the lower control arm at the clevis bolt and nut using a 24-millimeter on both sides. Remove the jack and place the knuckle out of the way.
Tap down and the clevis mount, then use a large pry bar on the lower control arm to remove the strut from the clevis. Remove the fresh air hose. We're going to need to remove the coolant reservoir tank and then slide this off of the mounting tab, and now we've exposed the top strut mount nuts. Remove the top strut mount nuts using an 18-millimeter and then you can remove the strut assembly. Install the new strut assembly and tighten the top nuts.
Now you've got to reinstall the coolant reservoir and intake hose. Make sure to clean and grease the clevis before inserting the strut. Now use the pry bar to help align the clevis to the strut. Use the jack to raise the clevis into the strut and install the upper control arm into the knuckle. Tighten the upper knuckle nut and the clevis bolt. Tighten the lower clevis bolt to the lower control arm. Reinstall the lower sway bar link bolt and remove the jack. Install the brake hose bracket bolt and ABS clips. Install the wheel. Tighten the lug nuts, then jack up the car, remove the jack stand, and lower the car until the wheel is just touching. Torque those lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds. Repeat this on the other side and you're ready to move to the rear.
For the rear, raise the vehicle and remove the wheel using the same procedure as the front, just with the appropriate wheel and support points. Remove the top shock mount bolt using a 15-millimeter. Use a jack to support the rear suspension. Then remove the bottom bolt with, again, a 15-millimeter. Remove the old shock. Install the new shock. Install the top bolt. Install the bottom bolt. 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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