Torque Specs for Rear Suspension (Shocks & End Links) Replacement?

Tiny
SHECKY
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 75,000 MILES
I am replacing the rear shocks and rear stabilizer bar end links on my vehicle. It seems the procedure should be as simple as unbolt the old parts and insert the new. However, I do not know the torque settings for the screws associated with those parts. Any techs have the document with those torque specs listed handy?

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011 AT 2:19 AM

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Tiny
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Here are the instructions on how to replace the rear shocks with the torque specs below.

Install the shock absorber to body nuts.
Tighten: Tighten the nuts to 25 N.M (18 lb ft).

Install the shock absorber to knuckle bolt.
Tighten: Tighten the bolt to 180 N.M (133 lb ft).

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Thursday, April 28th, 2011 AT 2:40 AM
Tiny
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET MALIBU
Noises problem
2001 Chevy Malibu 6 cyl Automatic

My car is making a noise on the front left of the car. I thought it was the shocks/struts but I had them install and the noise did not go away. I can heard the sound every time I'm on the road when the pavement is not even, pot holes, speed bumps, etc.
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Saturday, August 15th, 2020 AT 9:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hello
There are several things that can cause what you seem to be describing. Do you know if they replaced the strut mount - item 11 in the pic. You have a strut mount, spring seat item 10 and insulator item 7.
The strut mount is located at the top of the strut assembly and is the mounting point for the strut. It is recommended that you replace the strut mounts any time you replace your strut assembly. If the mount is defective it allows the strut to bounce and make a sound like you are describing. The other parts need to be in good working condition to prevent metal on metal. Another possibility it once struts are replaced it is a good idea once the car is off jacks and resting on the tires, to ensure the strut mount nuts or bolts on top are tightened to the correct torque. If not, the strut will bound and hit the body making a noise. Additionally, it may sound wild, but there are times you can have a defective shock that is bouncing too much even though new. I recently installed new shocks, mounts, insulators, and spring seat. I still had a slight noise. Replaced the shocks again within a week and the sound was gone. This was a good name brand shock. Just sometimes that happens.

Also check the end links on the sway bar, item 12. The rubber does wear out, get torn and can move around.

My advice is to have the shop replace the mount, spring seat and insulator and maybe even the shock it they will. It should be under warranty. Hope this helps.

Thank you for the donation


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Shock_1.jpg

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Saturday, August 15th, 2020 AT 9:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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No they did not replace the strut mount.
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Saturday, August 15th, 2020 AT 9:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hello, again, there are several things that can cause this and there is no guarantee that if you tear it all apart and replace the mount etc and use the same shock it will go away. It was frustrating to me to repair it all and get the front end aligned, to tear it all apart again to get the front end aligned. If they would, I would replace the shock also while there just to be safe, and check the other components on the front end for any looseness. Good luck. Let us know.
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Saturday, August 15th, 2020 AT 9:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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The strut mount was replaced but the noice continued not the same as before but the noice was still present. The spring was then replaced on the left side where the noice seem to be coming from and the noice desapeared. It took a while to fix the problem but thank you for your help.
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Saturday, August 15th, 2020 AT 9:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hello -

Thank you for the update.

It seems crazy but more and more it almost seems better to replace all things on the front sometimes. You don't always see it but when the shock starts to go that only puts more pressure on the spring to work harder thus wear out. Then the other components.

I am glad it is running okay now.
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