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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Re: Rear shock bang
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.
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Check your rear shocks. On the fender, push with your body going down. Upon releasing, your car should go up and down one time then settle. If it goes beyond or hesitate to move, you have a problem with your shocks. I think you also have a problem with the shock absorber bush. It does not matter if you have a new or old shock absorber. The lifespan of the shocks depends on the way you drive on bumpy roads.
think you have a shock absorber problem ,they can break inside well not exactly break but a valve sticks causing the vehicle to bounce more which you didnt notice but no doubt it happened then when bounced on the level crossing it freed itself again .Very rare but i have seen it before ,took ages to diagnose
Hi, you need to open the rear hatch and pull carpet away from where the top of the shocks are,I've seen four of these cars where the body rust away where the shocks are.and the shocks just come thru the back body,they had to be junked.
Check your exhaust and rear suspension for something loose or broken. Problem could be the exhaust, a hanger or cracked pipe. In the suspension it could be shocks, worn bushings, track arms etc. When a problem like this happens you have to get under the car and grab and try to move things checking for loosness. In general try to see what is loose enough that a bump causes it to rattle or bang. Other than inspecting the rear area there is no short cut that can be taken to solve the problem. You don't want to just start replacing parts hoping to fix the problem, that can be expxnsive and unnecessary. Good Luck!!!
My honest opinion here is that if you took your car to someone to fix the problem and they didnt, you should really get all sorts of pissed off at the person whom told you it was fixed. They will try and get you to pay, but stand your ground and be firm. If nothing else they should give you a good discount aon their solution to the problem and let them know if it doesnt fix the problem then you will not be paying anything. I hope this gives you some guidance and best of luck to you.
Hi dtpp, You are going to have to crawl around under the jeep for a few, If the noise is just that, a noise and the tires don't seem to catch or no grinding going on, look for your exhaust pipe possibly lose or the track bar..stabilizer bar, shocks or any broken bolts..any connection that just doesn't look right..You don't need the vehicle up on a lift to check this stuff. If you don't see anything right in your face use a jack and lift the rear of the jeep, put it on stands from the frame so the rear end is free to the air, be careful about not being under it and just start wiggling stuff, you should be able to spot the sound. Good luck and if you can have someone help you, easier to spot as well as safe.