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Rear shock bang

My car is actually a 1992, but looks the same. When it is cold outside the rear shocks, (mostly the right) make a very VERY loud bang. Any little bump in the road scares the hell out of me. My question is, does anyone have a step by step diagram or explaination of how to change out the rear shocks. Thanks

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  • kevk1 Jan 18, 2009

    i have 91, chevy lumina, drivers's side rear shock came up thru where it was bolted, and trying to poke the carpet back seats..

    do you think its fixabale?

    or if i delay the repair, will it hit window?\

    whats the best solution, beside writing off the car..

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    You need to remove the rear seat bottom, the rear seat back, and the rear interior panels to gain access to the top bolts that hold the struts onto the car. Remove all three nuts. Raise the car on a rack, and remove the lower bolts that holds the strut to the rear suspension. Once the strut is off, you will need a spring compressor to collapse the spring to extract the strut. If you do NOT have access to a spring compressor, do NOT attempt this repair. Trying to remove a coil without the proper equipment could be very dangerous. Then, after the spring is compressed, replace the strut AND the bearing support cap that rides on top of the strut. If your strut is worn out, the bearing support ("strut cap") is worn out also. Make sure you replace it, too.

    Get back to me if you need more information.

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Check this link, but be real careful if your just changing strut assy, as it can really take off if spring not compressed securely.(very dangerous if not experienced with tool for compressing.) My advice is if your going to change it, buy the assy complete with new upper mount, and spring already assembled, and don't just buy 1 side, do both now for better stability & handling, much safer & always recommended to replace in pairs.

http://www.autozone.com/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c152801ccf10

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