How to Install Auto Shocks
- 1). Raise the vehicle with a floor jack and slide jack stands under the frame rails at each corner. Lower the floor jack so the frame rails are resting on the jack stands. Remove the lug nuts from the wheels with a lug wrench turned in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the wheels from the vehicle and roll them aside.
- 2). Locate the existing shock absorber, a cylindrical metal tube approximately two to three inches in diameter and 12 to 14 inches long, mounted vertically in each wheel well housing. Spray penetrating oil on the shock absorber mounting bolts on each end of the shock absorber. Allow the penetrating oil to soak in for several minutes before continuing.
- 3). Loosen the shock absorber mounting bolts with a socket and ratchet turned in a counterclockwise direction. Pull the bolts out of the mounting holes and work the shock absorber out of the opening. Compress the shock together by pushing in at each end of the shock simultaneously by hand which will make the shock slightly smaller and may help getting it out of a tight area. Remove the shock from the vehicle.
- 4). Place the new shock into position with the larger diameter end of the shock facing upwards. Insert the mounting bolt through the upper mounting hole of the shock and tighten it with a socket and ratchet in a clockwise direction. Retract or extend the lower part of the shock absorber by pulling down or pushing up by hand to get the lower mounting holes to line up, if necessary.
- 5). Place the lower mounting bolt through the mounting hole in the shock and tighten it with a socket and ratchet in a clockwise direction. Repeat steps two through four for the remaining shock absorbers.
- 6). Replace the wheels and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Raise the vehicle with the floor jack just high enough to slide the jack stands out from under the vehicle. Lower the floor jack and roll it from under the vehicle.