There are many parts in your Dodge that are responsible for giving you a comfortable ride. Two of the most important parts are the Dodge shocks, which help to absorb the impact of a bump in the road and they help to slow the movement of the suspension after the obstacle has passed. They are located between the fame of the vehicle and the tire assembly. Using hydraulic oil, the Dodge shocks absorb the energy of the bumps in the road and convert that energy to heat, which is dissipated into the surrounding air. If you have noticed that your ride is becoming progressively less comfortable and that the vehicle is sagging at one end, it may be due to a set of failing Dodge shocks. The seals that keep the hydraulic oil pressurized during operation may have begun to leak. When it becomes necessary to replace the Dodge shocks, you will find the correct parts for almost any vehicle within the pages of our convenient online catalog. Our Dodge shocks are manufactured to meet the specifications of the original parts, at a significantly lower price than similar parts from the dealership. They will be a perfect fit for your vehicle and they will match up with all of the stock mounting locations. For some vehicles, we may also offer upgraded versions for performance applications or different length units for vehicles that have custom ride heights. When you are ready to order a set of new Dodge shocks for your vehicle, visit our web site to take advantage of our secure online ordering system, or you may also place your order by phone, with a toll-free call.
How to Install a Dodge Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Shocks and struts exist to ensure you a smooth ride, absorbing the impact of road defects and potholes as you drive. The first shock absorber was invented in 1926 by a popular shock and strut company named Monroe. Since then, manufacturers and brands like Dodge have been making quality struts and shocks for your driving needs. With that said, here's what you need to do in order to replace your shocks and struts when they fail.
What You'll Need
- Side cutters
- Combination wrench set
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Spring compressor
- Socket set
- Pry bar
Shock Absorber Installation
Step 1:Jack up your Dodge and secure the vehicle with jack stands. Use a ratchet and socket in order to unscrew and take off the upper shock bolt from where the top of the shock meets your Dodge's frame.
Step 2:Also use a ratchet and socket in order to loosen and remove the lower shock bolt at the area where the shock connects with the rear hub assembly. Now you can pull off the shock from the lower and upper mounts.
Step 3:Get your replacement shock absorber (which could either be a duplicate or an upgrade as long as fitment is perfect and the calibrations won't give you any problems) then hand-tighten the upper shock bolt unto this new car part.
Step 4:Use your side cutters in order to cut the plastic strap wrapped around the new strut. From there, as it slowly extends, guide the shock into the lower mount. You should then push the lower bolt through the shock's lower hole.
Step 5:Use your ratchet and socket to tighten the upper and lower bolts with the recommended torque from. Do the same process for any additional shocks your Dodge might have. Lower your Dodge back to the ground.
Strut Assembly Installation
Step 1:Jack up the vehicle then use a wrench, socket, and ratchet to remove all the bolts at the base of the strut. Do the same using a ratchet and socket with the three nuts holding the strut to the strut tower from under the hood.
Step 2:Pry the strut out from the mount on the steering knuckle with a pry bar. Use a spring compressor to compress the strut spring (you can do this by tightening the compressor via wrench after hooking it over the spring coils).
Step 3:Use the wrench to take off the upper strut nut. You can pull the spring off after pulling the upper strut plate from the assembly first. Place this spring into your replacement strut along with the upper strut plate (unless they need replacement too).
Step 4:Use a wrench to tighten the upper strut nut. Loosen up the spring compressor until the spring achieves full extension inside the assembly. From there, place the whole thing under your Dodge and push the upper strut struts through the strut tower's holes.
Step 5:Press into the steering knuckle the strut's base then push the lower strut bolts through the holes, hand-tightening them for good measure. Use a wrench, socket, and ratchet to tighten them up for real with the proper torque.
Step 6:As for the three upper strut nuts, hand-tighten them as well before using proper torque with the requisite wrench, socket, and ratchet. Repeat the same procedure for all the remaining or additional struts. Finally, lower your Dodge to the ground. You're now finished with the installation.