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Old 06-06-2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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I started to notice that I had a noise coming out of the back end of the car earlier this week so I took it in and they found it was the rear shocks were about gone and the noise was the springs were bottoming out with the bump stops. The shop said the suspension on the car looked original and since the car has almost 80k on it that was good life on the shocks. So I am gonna try to replace them next week and I need to know how to due that exactly. I replaced them on my Delta 88 but that car had an independent rear end in it with air shocks and this one has what I believe is called a drop axle with coil springs and shocks. So there is a big difference between the both so I turned to yall on some helpful pointers on how to due them the right way. Also I am hoping this will work but since I know they need to be replaced can I back up the car on ramps and then proceed to remove them or due I need the rear end up off the ground and pull the rear tires to replace them. Also any helpful pictures or diagrams would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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I forgot to add the noise only was heard when I hit a bump or anything else like that. Also they did drive it and heard the same thing and that is how they found what the noise was along with putting it up on the rack to due a visual inspection.
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it would be helpful if we knew what kind of car you were talking about. its best to put make model and trim in your sig so people arent guessing when you ask a question
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Th shock replacement is on my 96 Oldsmobile Achieva SL.
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from the picture on kyb, it looks simple theres a top nut and bottom nut then you will likely have to jack the car by the frame so you can get room to take the shock out. most new ones come with strapping holding it together dont cut that till you get it mostly in place because the new ones have a pressure you dont want to have to fight it. put the new nuts on and thats it.
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So it sound like it will be kinda fun to replace my rear shocks on my car since they are original with the car.
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always a pain working on older stuff but compared to struts its alot less of a pain. no alignmant no spring compressor
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Well when it comes time to replace the front struts I am gonna pay the extra for the ready mounts. I pulled the struts apart on my delta 88 and almost killed myself when my spring compressor broke so I will not dismantle another one.
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