Shock absorbers are used to dampen suspension vibrations
Protruding from the shock absorbers, the upper parts of the rods are protected from dirt by rubber caps.
If squeaks, knocks occur when driving off-road, then you need to check the condition of the shock absorbers.
Inspect shock absorber rod.
If the stem is bent or there are delaminations of the chrome coating on the working surface, traces of corrosion, scuffing, damage to the threaded part or wrench flats, then the shock absorber must be replaced.
Set the shock absorber to a vertical position.
Check the condition of the shock absorber by moving the piston by the rod for the entire stroke.
If jamming or lack of resistance is found throughout the piston stroke, and obvious traces of fluid leakage through the stuffing box are visible, the shock absorber must be replaced.
Replacing the front shock absorber
Jack up and remove the front wheel of the car. If we are working on a viewing ditch, this can be omitted.
With the “19” head, unscrew the nut of the shock absorber lower mounting bolt.
Remove the outer washer.
We do the same with the upper shock absorber mount
Remove shock absorber
Remove the inner washers
Remove the rubber bushings from the shock absorber eye
We install a new shock absorber with new rubber bushings in reverse order. Similarly, we replace the shock absorber on the other side of the car.
Replacing the rear shock absorber
It is more convenient to work on a viewing ditch.
With the “19” head, unscrew the nut of the lower shock absorber mounting.
Remove the washer.
We do the same with the upper shock absorber mount.
Remove the shock absorber from both studs.
Another washer is installed on the upper shock mount stud
Remove the rubber bushings from the shock absorber lugs
Check the shock absorbers for damage, and check their operation.
It is advisable to change rubber bushings.