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Rear shock absorbers

I am told these are easy to replace if one can handle a spanner and a jack. How?

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They are simple to change however you will need a spring compressor.

1 jack car and use axle stands to support the car.
2 remove wheel
3 behind drum or disc break assembly you will see shock absorber assembly
5 remover lower but (it may be very tight due to corrosion and time).
6 undo top nut located in boot around the top of the wheel arch. This may require the removal of some interior trim.
7 compress spring using spring compressor (use device instructions as these vary from type to type)
8 Undo top nut on the shock absorber assembly, remover cap spring and other rubbers.

Reinstalling is basically the instructs in reverse.


Good luck!


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  2. On hatchback, remove the speaker grilles.
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