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Front shocks Do I need to remove the three bolts on top of shock tower or just the shock bolt

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Hi there, if it's a strut then you will need to remove the shock and spring together, don't undo the nut omn top without compressing the spring as you can cause physical harm to yourself, you will need a spring compressor to do it safely, if you haven't got the compressor then I would recommend that you take it to your local mechanic, hope this helps, be very careful

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Now we have a problem here, either you didn't give the right model vehicle when you posted or you have one heck of a mixed up dodge durango :P Durangos share frames and suspension with dodge rams and both don't have shock towers per say. They have one bolt holding them to the lower control arm and a frame mount with just one very accessible bolt to hold the shock in place. Usually 3 bolts and a shock tower is only on MacPherson struts usually seen on smaller cars and smaller SUVs. And in any case if you do have a MacPherson type shock and shock tower, you DO need to remove the 3 bolts on the shock tower AND remove the bolts at the spindle to remove the whole assembly (shock, spring and top plate) to change the shocks. And also i must warn you that it is really really really NOT safe to just unscrew the shock bolt that hold it in place in the top plate, as the coil spring will be under pressure even without the weight of the car and will spring out pretty darn fast and you might break or cut off a finger or an arm. And NO i'm not joking... You need a special tool called a coil spring compressor to safely remove and reinstall the coil spring when changing the shock absorber on those models. Hope this helps a bit, if not, just write back with more detail and correct make, model and country of origin and i'll do all i can to help. :) Cheers!

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you should go to part supplier and replace it soon as possible avoid bumpy situation good luck hope this helped

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Should be a hex end on shock to put a wrench on or vise grips to hold shaft from spinning, if that's the problem your having.

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On a lot of models the nut is welded to the arm and does not need to be held. Try turning it and watch the nut. If the bolt comes out it sould go back in the same way. Be careful not to over tighten - if the threads are stripped the nut will have to be replaced.

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No it does not, just remove the top and bottm bolts and shock should come out. you may need a jack under the front axle on the side you are removing to hold axle from dropping to low or you can just jack it back up to line up the shock,HERES A PICTURE TO SHOW YOU WHERE TO REMOVE THE TOP NUT AND BOTTM BOLT.51fa116.jpg

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The bolts are welded to the circular bracket. You can try a long flat head screw driver to hold the welded end from moving and rotating during removal, but your still going to have to keep the bolt from turning during install. At this point, compressing the coil spring to access the bolt seems to be the only option. It will need to be replaced (assembly) or re-welded before assembling the tower and shock.

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1.Turn ignition to OFF position to place steering column in unlocked position.
2.Remove hub nut
3.Loosen, but do not remove, three top mount-to-shock tower
4.Raise vehicle on a hoist.
5.Remove tire and wheel assembly
6.Move brake caliper and wire out of the way
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Discard cotter pin and nut
9.remove tie rod from knuckle
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11.Remove and discard lower arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut. (A drift punch may be used to remove bolt.) Using a screwdriver, slightly spread knuckle-to-lower arm pinch joint and remove lower arm from steering knuckle.
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2.Install strut and spring assembly and three top mount-to-shock tower nuts
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  1. Disconnect the lower end of the front shock absorber bolt and nut from the U-bolt plate.
  1. Compress the front shock absorber and remove.
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  1. Insert front shock absorber into the front shock absorber mounting bracket (18183). Insert bolt and tighten nut to 60-81 Nm (45-60 lb-ft).
  1. Attach the lower end of the front shock absorber to the U-bolt plate by installing the nut and bolt. Tighten to 60-81 Nm (45-60 lb-ft).
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