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Watch this video to learn how to replace the rear shocks on a 2009-2018 Dodge RAM 1500.

Replacing Rear Shocks on a 2009-2018 Dodge RAM 1500: What You Need

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Parts Checklist

Tightening Torques

  • Shock absorber upper holding nut: 100 Ft-lbs
  • Shock absorber lower holding nut: 100 Ft-lbs

Tools Checklist

Here’s the toolbox we recommend to repair your Dodge RAM 1500: HM85 85 Piece Ratchet and Socket Set

List of tools:

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Turn off your engine and set the parking brake.

Step 2: Loosen the wheel lug nuts on the rear wheels.

Step 3: Lift the rear of your vehicle. Refer to the video on “How to jack your RAM 1500 safely” for guidance.

Step 4: Place the vehicle on jack stands.

Step 5: In order to change the rear shocks, you will need to take off the wheels to have full access.

Step 6: Don’t forget to put the wheels under the vehicle.

Step 7: To access the shock absorber mounting bolts, remove the rear mudguard.

Step 8: Using a multi-bit screwdriver and an 8 mm socket, unscrew the mudguard retaining screws. Then, remove it.

Step 9: You can now see the shock absorber on your car. To remove the shock’s upper retaining bolt, you need to hold the bolt using a ratchet and a 21 mm socket.

Step 10: To unscrew the nut, which is difficult to access on the vehicle, you need to use a ratchet, two long extenders, and a 21 mm socket.

Step 11: Loosen the shock’s upper retaining nut.

Step 12: Then, remove the bolt.

Step 13: Brush off the shock’s lower retaining bolt, then spray it with penetrating oil.

Step 14: Then, using a 21 mm wrench, loosen the shock’s lower retaining nut.

Step 15: Hold the bolt using a ratchet and a 21 mm socket. Then, remove the bolt.

Step 16: You can now extract the shock.

Step 17: Using a wire brush, brush off the location of the shock absorber to make it easier to install.

Step 18: Take the new shock.

Step 19: Before installing the new shocks, it is necessary to prime them by pressing the shock vertically, so that the gas and hydraulic fluid are separated.

Step 20: Position the shock and put the upper retaining bolt in place.

Step 21: Insert the shock into its lower slot. Then, install the lower retaining bolt.

Step 22: Next, screw back on the nut until it’s tight. Do the same with the upper bolt.

Step 23: In order not to damage, it is necessary to tighten the holding bolts with the rear axle in the “vehicle on the ground” position.

Step 24: Presently, the jack stands are positioned on the rear axle, so the shock is in the right operating position.

Step 25: Finish tightening the bolts with a torque wrench.

Step 26: You can now repeat the same process on the other side.

Step 27: Replace the mudguard.

Step 28: Then, retighten all the screws.

Step 29: Put the wheels back on your vehicle.

Step 30: Lower the vehicle to the ground before properly fixing the wheels in place.

Step 31: The operation is now complete.

Compatible Vehicles

The operation and tools displayed in the video should be available on the following vehicles:

Important Reminders

  • Before installing the new shock abosrbers, it is necessary to prime them by pressing the shock vertically, so that the gas and hydraulic fluid are separated.
  • The components to be removed are very often seized up, so don’t hesitate to brush and to use penetrating oil to make removal easier.
  • In order not to damage the silent blocks, it is necessary to tighten the holding screws with the rear axle in the “vehicle on the ground” position.


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