Download STRUT/SHOCK ABSORBER CAUTION: Removal 1. With vehicle on floor, remove plastic cap which covers upper strut/shock retaining nuts. Remove strut/shock retaining nuts. Slowly raise vehicle until weight is off spring. Remove bolt which retains lower end of strut/shock absorber to axle beam mount. Raise vehicle until strut/shock can be removed. Place strut/shock assembly in vise. 2. Hold piston rod. Remove strut/shock retaining nut and related components. See Fig. 1 . Remove slotted nut (some models). Remove spacer and coil spring. If coil spring is to be replaced, ensure paint stripe color on replacement spring matches original spring color stripe. Installation 1. Install protective cap and tube onto shock absorber. Install rubber buffer with small end downward. Install snap ring and washer. Place spring into lower seat. Install upper retainer with spacer sleeve. 2. Tighten slotted nut (some models) which retains piston rod. Install upper mounting hardware. Tighten piston rod. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts and nuts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS. SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY CAUTION: DO NOT remove both suspension strut/shock absorbers at same time. When removing suspension assembly, add weight to rear of vehicle to prevent tipping due to change in center of gravity.