Easy step by step instructions on how to replace an automotive shock absorber,
this information pertains most vehicles.
Difficulty Scale: 4 of 10
Begin with the vehicle on level ground, engine cold (off) in park with the emergency
brake set, lift and support vehicle safely while using jack stands.
Step 1 - Before removing a shock absorber its
important to know that a shock limits the downward travel of the suspension.
Start by relieving the tension
of the suspension by positioning a jack under the lower ball joint or control
arm while raising the jack upward slightly. (Note: Not performing this step can make
shock replacement difficult.)