How to remove & replace rear shocks

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How to remove & replace rear shocks
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The rear shocks on a vehicle keep you from feeling all of the bumps and vibrations while you are driving on the road. The rear shocks are mounted to the rear axle by a single securing bolt, and the top of the shock is mounted to the frame of the vehicle by a metal bolt. The axle must be supported before the rear shock is disconnected from the axle or from the frame. This job should take you 30 minutes for each rear shock.

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Things you need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Pliers
  • Ratchet set
  • New rear shocks

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  1. 1

    Raise the rear end of the vehicle off of the ground using the jack and rest the rear end of the vehicle on jack stands. Position the jack under the axle on the right side and raise the jack up to the axle.

  2. 2

    Grab the nut on the end of the securing bolt on the bottom of the rear right shock with the pliers. Connect the corresponding socket from the ratchet set to the securing bolt. Connect the ratchet to the socket and remove the securing bolt. Allow the jack to support the weight of the axle.

  3. 3

    Remove the upper securing bolt the same way that you removed to lower securing bolt. Pull the rear shock from the vehicle.

  4. 4

    Position the new rear shock in the same place and position as the old shock. Insert the upper securing bolt into the bolt's corresponding support hole and tighten the securing nut using the ratchet set.

  5. 5

    Connect the lower end of the shock to the axle and secure the shock to the axle with the securing bolt and nut. Tighten the nut and bolt using the ratchet set.

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