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Re: replace front shock absorbers
My answer is not going to help you because not only do you need specialized equipment, but you will need special experience to perform this job. You would be required to completely remove the entire front strut assembly from the car. It has to be safety set up on jacks. Once you have the strut assembly out of the car, special spring clamps are needed to compress the heavy spring that is part of the strut. These require very special clamps that compress the springs. If this is not done right, it can conceivably kill a person. Once the spring has been removed, the strut it self must be removed from the strut housing using an impact wrench. Once both sides are changed, the car must be realigned in the front end, otherwise the car will not steer or track properly. Over all, this is a major job. These are not shock absorbers, as you would know them, but are called McPherson struts. If you would like to contact me again about this or other problems, feel free to do so. Bill ASE Master Technician
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out of balance/bent wheel/tire out of round
damaged or severely worn suspension components/frame
steering stabilizer (like a horizontal shock absorber) if applicable
steering box or rack needs replacement
front end alignment
worn ball joints/ macphereson strut assembly
-these areas are where you should start and eliminate possible causes
if your talking about the drive (shaft ) axle your gonna need a jack, some stands , wrenches pliers an impact wrench and a special socket to remove the axle nut. you basically remove the tire , brake caliper and pads, and swing them out of the way, then loosen the axle shaft nut, pop it with the hammer to break it loose, then take the lower control arm parts and sway bar parts loose and out of the way so you can pull the axle shaft out of the transmission , move anything out of the way that makes it hard for you to get what you need done. BE CAREFUL WHEN doing this because the shock assembly is under pressure and can Jump loose and smash your hand or even kill you. but it can be done .
Check your brake pads and or brake rotors. They may be bad or your rim on is rubbing on the shock absorber. Also check the lug nut's on your rims they could be loose to where the tire is rubbing against the brake rotors or shock absorber.
Check for weak spot in tire (move car slowly on level surface, watch for bulges in tire or fender moving up and down), out of round rim, worn out strut (shock absorber properties lost due to leak), brake drag (stuck piston in caliper or plugged brake line) or worn out cv joint.
Clicking noises on turns may indicate that you have a broken constant velocity joint boot on the front axle. Check that and see if it is torn. It''s the black bellows-looking thing right behind the inner spindle. If it is torn, all of the grease has leaked out, and the clicking is the joint rattling.