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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-08-2014, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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How to replace your rear shocks.

87,000 miles.
5.5 yrs old.

How did I Know my factory shocks are bad?
I didnt.
I figured Id change for age,mileage, upcoming trip.

I had my shocks ordered via my VIN. A guy I Know works at a Caddy dealer and got me the parts from his parts warehouse.
AC DELCO 560-633 (which come back as OEM shocks)-- $63 each.

If you look up the part on AC DELCO- the parts come up with different #s depending on your wheel size/FWD or AWD.

Actually pretty simple for the rear.

Youll want to jack up the vehicle.
Take tire off.
Place Jack stand on the body as shown. (unless you have 2 jacks).
The jack is then used to control the up/down movement of the suspension.
If you dont use the jack--- when you remove the shock-- the suspension will move down- stretching the brake hose.



Socket and wrench to undo the bolts. I set the wrench in such a way- that its handle hits the suspension arm and I could use both hands to undo the bolt/nut.



Use a combination of wrenches or sockets to undo the top bolts of the shock..... this will depend on your tools.




You will find- that if you loosen these 2 screws on this bracket- it will make taking out and putting back in the shock a little easier.
Once you replace the shock and put the big bolt back in you can tighten up these 2 bolts.




Torque specs on my 2010.
upper bolt 52 ft/lb

lower bolt- 74 ft/lb + 60 degrees.

What I found is that both shocks were not totally dead... but slow to return to its expanded state.

http://vid1156.photobucket.com/album...psusbpg3bz.mp4



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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 01:01 PM
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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

That is one helluva clean underbody! Kudos!

We usually aren't so lucky here in MI. Even with constant underbody washes, road salt can be ****.

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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

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That is one helluva clean underbody! Kudos!
yup--- a dry southern california climate.....

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 07:29 PM
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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

nice and clean underbody, I rust proof mine so its go oil and dirt mix on it, sometimes I have to search for bolts.
Thanks for the write up, it will come in handy.

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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

As always, rbarrios comes through for me. I replaced mine today and it was a piece of cake (after reading this thread).

I thought I'd update this thread with a few things I found handy.

Drop by Home Depot and pick up a 18mm and 21mm wrench (less than four bucks each). Those are for the nuts on the long bolts. Much easier than a crescent wrench. The crescent wrench worked fine on the first side for me, but I was heading up to the Depot to grab something else anyway, so I picked them up. A lot of my tools are in storage, as we are in the middle of a move.

Also, on a whim, I picked up a Ryobi cordless torque wrench, the P261. I already have a bunch of the tools, and several Li-ion batteries, so I grabbed the bare tool for $120 or so. Best buy ever. I made sure to keep my cordless tools with me rather than in storage. Spun the lug nuts off and along with the appropriate wrenches, the second side only took me a few minutes.

With the cordless torque wrench and the appropriate wrench, I didn't have to loosen the bracket as rbarrios mentioned above (although that wouldn't take much time anyway).

Here's a pic. Yeah, I don't have my impact sockets, but nothing about this was too hard-core, so I wasn't too worried about it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xFD...ew?usp=sharing

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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 09:16 PM
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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

Thanks for the write up!!!!!! Changed all 4 today and scheduled for an alignment tomorrow!

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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

did you see my HOW to on the struts?

and did you go with ready mount strut kit- or only struts?


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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-27-2015, 08:11 PM
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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

Yes I saw your write up and went with the Ready Mount Struts. Had the allignment done

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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

great!.

does your steering feel 'lighter' like mine did?

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-01-2015, 08:55 PM
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Re: How to replace your rear shocks.

Feels better, but now has strange noise coming from front passenger side. Sounds like something is loose, but cant find it.

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