Shock Yourself with New Shocks
The shocks of the vehicle are very essential in the suspension since these soften the shock impact and decrease the kinetic energy, which keeps the car intact and out of harm. Replacing your worn-out shock absorbers can definitely improve the performance of your vehicle. If you think that it's about time to install new ones, don't think twice. Doing the job is just as easy as 1, 2, 3 and you don't need expert help. With this guide, you're good to go.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
Even though this is an easy job, make sure that you wear safety gear to avoid any injury. Wear gloves and closed-toe shoes. Also, make sure that you work on a level surface.
Raise and remove
Before working on the shocks, you have to raise the vehicle to be able to install them without problems. Get the jack, lift up the rear end of the car and set it on jack stands. Using the lug wrench, take out the tires. With a socket wrench, loosen up the bolts to be able to remove the rear suspension arm. Take out the sway bar that is attached to it.
Remove some more
To take out the spring cup, push it down. This technique would make it easier to do. Remember that the spring cup is found just underneath the assembly. Take out the rubber bump stops from the spring cup as well. The shocks are equipped with bracing that support the top part. Make sure that you remove this using the socket wrench. After, take out the lower end of the shock absorber.
Installation of the new shocks
To install the new shocks, you have to reverse the steps. Make sure to use an Allen wrench to set the tension on the sway bar. Mount the tires back on your vehicle and remove the jack stands. Slowly lower the car from the jack and you can now drive your automobile with new shocks!