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Auto technician installing shock on vehicle

How to Install a Shock on a Chevrolet/GMC SUV

Shock Basics

Shocks are a key part of your suspension system helping keep your vehicle’s tires in contact with the road to maintain a high level of steering, stopping and stability. The primary purpose of a shock absorber is to control spring and suspension movement to reduce bounce, brake dive and acceleration squat, and roll and sway from worn shocks losing their ability to control the rate of weight transfer.

Replacing a failing shock with a Monroe® OESpectrum® shock restores your vehicle’s original factory drivability and performance. OESpectrum shock absorbers provide an exceptional level of handling precision and control while filtering out noise, vibration and harshness. To learn how to install a Monroe OESpectrum rear shock, check out the steps for installing part number 37315 for 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse, 2008-2012 Buick Enclave, 2007-2012 GMC Acadia and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook.

Steps for Replacing a Rear Shock

Step 1

Raise the vehicle and support the frame. Remove the rear wheel.

Removing tire from vehicle

Step 2

Prime the shock two to three times. Fully compress the unit and allow it to extend on its own.

Priming vehicle shock

Step 3

Remove and save the lower mounting nut and bolt.

Removing shock lower mounting nut

Step 4

Remove and save the upper mounting nut and bolt.

Removing upper mounting nut from vehicle shock

Step 5

Remove the old shock.

Removing old shock from the vehicle

Step 6

Remove the old shock.

Installing new shock on the vehicle

Step 7

Install the lower mounting nut and bolt.

Installing lower mounting nut on shock

Step 8

Torque the upper mounting nut and bolt to manufacturer specifications.

Torquing upper mounting nut on shock

Step 9

Torque lower mounting nuts and bolts to manufacturer specifications.

Torquing lower mounting nut on vehicle shock

Step 10

Replace the wheels and install the lug nuts. Lower the vehicle and torque the lug nuts to manufacturer specifications.

Reinstalling tire on vehicle

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