How to install front shocks
How to replace the front shocks on a 2003 Chevrolet tahoe
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Shock absorber (front) - removal and installation
1 Loosen the front wheel lug nuts. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it securely on jackstands, then remove the wheel.
2 Support the outer end or the lower control arm with a floor jack (the shock absorber serves as the down-stop for the suspension). The jack must remain in this position throughout the entire procedure.
3 If equipped with a suspension control system, unlock and unplug the electrical connector from the top of the shock absorber.
• Refer to illustrations 2.4 and 2.6
4 Using a back-up wrench on the stem, remove the shock absorber upper mounting nut (see illustration).
5 Remove the retainer (metal washer) and grommet (rubber washer).
6 Working underneath the vehicle, remove the two bolts that attach the lower end of the shock absorber to the lower control arm (see illustration) and pull the shock out from below.
7 Remove the lower grommet and retainer from the stem.
8 Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to tighten the upper mounting nut and the lower mounting bolts to the torque listed in this Chapter's Specifications.
• Refer to illustration 2.9
9 Remove the shock absorber lower mounting nut and bolt (see illustration). Note the direction in which the bolt points.
10 Using a back-up wrench on the stem, remove the shock absorber upper mounting nut (see illustration 2.4).
11 Remove the shock absorber.
2.6 Shock absorber lower mounting bolts (arrows)-2WD models
2.4 Hold the shock absorber stem (A) with a wrench to prevent it from turning when the upper mounting nut (B) is loosened (2WD model)
12 Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to install the lower mounting bolt so it's pointing in the same direction as it was prior to removal. Tighten all fasteners to the torque listed in this Chapter's
13 If equipped with a suspension control system, reconnect the electrical connector to the top of the shock absorber.
14 Install the wheels and lug nuts, lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts to the torque listed in the Chapter 1 Specifications.
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