How to Replace GM Shocks

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    • 1). Loosen the lug nuts on one of the tires with a tire iron.

    • 2). Raise the wheel off the ground with a jack, place jacks stand under the frame then lower the jack until the vehicle rests on the stands.

    • 3). Remove the lug nuts with a tire iron then pull the wheel off.

    • 4). Loosen the nut on the through-bolt that holds the shock in the upper shock hoop. Place a wrench on the nut and turn the bolt with a socket and ratchet. Pull the bolt out of the lower shock hoop to release the top of the shock.

    • 5). Loosen the nut on the through-bolt that holds the shock in the lower shock hoop. Place the wrench on the nut and turn the bolt with the socket and ratchet. Pull the bolt out of the lower shock hoop to release the bottom of the shock. Pull the shock free from the GM's suspension.

    • 6). Install the new shock into the upper shock hoop then slide the through-bolt through the upper shock hoop. Thread the nut onto the bolt with your fingers. Place the wrench over the nut and tighten the bolt with the socket and ratchet.

    • 7). Position the jack under the lower control arm if you're changing the front shock or the axle housing if you're changing the rear shock. Raise the control arm or axle with the jack until the bottom of the shock rests inside the lower shock hoop.

    • 8). Slide the through-bolt through the lower shock hoop. Thread the nut onto the bolt with your fingers. Place the wrench over the nut and tighten the bolt with the socket and ratchet.

    • 9). Remove the jack from the lower control arm or axle housing.

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      Remount the tire onto the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.

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      Place the jack under the frame, raise the vehicle off the jack stands and lower it to the ground. Double-check the lug nuts to ensure they are tight.

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      Repeat the above steps for each shock you need to replace.

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