Not prblem on the bottom bolt but How do you remove the top bolts from the rear OEM shocks? Are the fittings welded to the body or are there nuts behind the bolts like on the front shocks? Do I need a special tool? Help? Replacing with 0 lift skyjackers.
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Re: How to remove the top bolts from the rear shocks
Bolts should be easily removed after breaking them loose. If someone replaced them and used nuts on the backside, it may present a problem & require cutting the heads off. Sometimes you can snake a distributor wrench above to grab nut but on most jeeps this is difficult because there isn't enough clearance. Really soak them down with good solvent at least twice several hours before attempting to remove.
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Remove tire and wheel assy.
Rmove inner wheelhouse liner ,5 bolts.
Remove the shock-to -knuckle bolt and discard.( Go get a new one). This is the bolt on the bottom of the shock.
Remove upper carrier assembly to body bolts ( top two bolts).
Loosen lower carrier assembly to body bolts until the carrier assembly slides out.
Then, using either a rented spring compressor, or get a pro to remove it for you. If you a rental, please please please look on YouTube to see how to use one properly.
Replace any worn out rubber components, they are sold separately.
Installation is in reverse order.
Torques: Top of shock absorber ,15 foot pounds
Rear carrier bolts, 40 foot pounds.
Bottom shock to knuckle, 110 foot pounds.
Source: Saturn Technical Service Manual , L Series, 2000-2001
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this is very simple to replace in side the cab of the vehicle is the rear wheel well remove the carpet and trim in the area off the rear access area of the wheel well there is a few nuts there remove them then under the vehicle there is a bolt and nut at the bottom of the strut then slide the strut out. if its coil over shock you will need a two wrenchs to remove the nut loosen but do not remove until you compress the spring after compressing the spring remove nut install new shock and then reverse the removal process thighten all bolts with vehicle on ground the top bolt torqued to 18 to 21 ft lbs and the bottom bolt 65 ft lbs
jack up car support good with stands. unbolt shocks bolts top & bottom . replace with new ones . put bolt in top hole of shock / cut band on shock when released guide in bottom hole put bolt in hol. e tigthen bolts 35bs . repeat on other side.
It should be. To replace the front shocks, there are two bottom bolts to remove and one nut on the top of the shock. The rears have one top bolt and one bottom bolt. Just regular tools should be fine to do the job. I would also use some WD-40 to help loosen any rusty bolts.
REMOVE**** FRONT SHOCKS, FIRST OF ALL.SUPPORT THE LOWER CONTROL ARM WITH A JACK,REMOVE FRONT WHEEL, REMOVE BRAKE HOSE AND ABS SENSOR HARNESS TO THE STRUT BOLTS OR CLIPS,REMOVE ACTUATOR FROM TOP OF THE STRUT,IF EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC ADJUSTING SUSPENSION. PAINT ALIGNMENT MARKS ON THE UPPER STRUT MOUNTING BLOCK AND STRUT TOWER AND ON THE LOWER STRUT MOUNT TO STEERING KNUCKLE SO THAT CAN BE REINSTALLED IN THE SAME POSITION. REMOVE UPPER STRUT MOUNTING NUTS, REMOVE THE STRUT TO KNUCKLE BOLTS,REMOVE STRUT ASSEMBLY.TO INSTALL ***** INSTALL STRUT INTO THE STRUT TOWER ALIGNING THE PAINT MARKS MADE DURING REMOVAL.INSTALL UPPER MOUNTING NUTS AND TIGHTEN TO 34 - 46 FT LBS. INSTALL STRUT TO KNUCKLE BOLTS TIGHTEN TO 55 - 61 FT LBS. INSTALL ACTUATOR AND ENGAGE THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR IF EQUIPPED WITH AAS. INSTALL BRAKE HOSE AND ABS SENSOR HARNESS CLIPS OR BOLTS.INSTALL WHEEL AND CHECK ADJUST THE FRONT END ALIGNMENT. TO ( REPLACE REAR SHOCKS ) REMOVE REAR WHEELS, REMOVE REAR PACKAGE TRIM. REMOVE SPEED SENSOR HARNESS, REMOVE TOP STRUT NUTS,THE SUSPENSION WILL DROP WHEN THE WEIGHT LIFTS OFF THE WHEELS. REMOVE BOTTOM STRUT BOLTS.REMOVE STRUT ASSEMBLY.TO INSTALL ***** INSTALL STRUT ASSEMBLY, INSTALL BOTTOM STRUT MOUNT BOLTS AND TIGHTEN TO 55 - 61 FT LBS.INSTALL UPPER MOUNTING NUTS AND TIGHTEN TO 33 - 46 FT LBS. INSTALL SPEED SENSOR HARNESS.INSTALL REAR PACKAGE TRIM. INSTALL REAR WHEELS.
HI, you will need to raise the rear of the truck up and support the rear axel with jack stands. You will need to remove the spare tire to make access to the top shock bolts easier. Then remove the bottom bolt and remove the shock.
You will need to remove the rear seats to access the hole just above the shock.
Remove the bottom seat cushion first, then find the small bolts that hold the upper seat to the frame. Once removed, you will see access to the top of the shocks (might have a plastic covering the hole).
you could replace the one shock but do you know why it is leaking oil? Typically unless there was something traumatic to happen to one of the rear shocks, then if one is going you can almost be the other one will go soon. I ended up having too many problems with the air ride suspensions. If you haven't yet, look into conversion kits as something to consider for down the road if nothing else. www.strutmasters.com has a great kit that is made in America and comes with a lifetime warranty. They have a good reputation and track record and can help you save some money and find the permanent solution if anything else goes wrong.
with great difficulty,three bolts hold the plate that takes the top bush/mounting .jack vehicle up and support with axle stand .Another jack under rear axle ,jack this one up till cars starts to lift then fit the spring clamps and compress the spring.Next undo the 3/4 13mm headed bolts that hold the plate to the chassis ,if you can release them???---??? ,then next using a small bottle jack take the strain on the bottom of the shock absorber and then remove the bolt ,lower the jack and the top one will lower as well ,undo the two nuts on the top mounting and pull the old shock absorber out .Or what i do if back is dancing and thats to do as above to support vehicle ,support lower of shock absorber ,remove the bolt and then jack it up ,then drill a small hole about an inch from the top of the tube and then thread it ,refill the shock absorber with a heavier oil like dextron .fit a bolt into the hole with a rubber washer and its as good as new