How to Replace the Shocks and Struts in a Dodge Durango

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The shocks in your suspension keep your Durango's ride smooth and comfortable. They also help you maintain control during quick stops. Replace your shocks after 60,000 miles of normal driving conditions. If you like to off-road with your Durango, have your tire professionals check your shocks' condition every time you balance or rotate your tires.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Tire iron
  • Ratchet set
  • Torque wrench

Replace Your Front-End Shocks

  • Raise the front end of your Durango with a floor jack and support it beneath the frame with jack stands. Use a tire iron to remove the front wheels, and unbolt the upper mounting nut with a ratchet.

  • Remove the lower mounting bolts and take out the shock absorbers.

  • Align the new shocks and insert the lower mounting bolt on each side. Torque them to 100 foot pounds, and add the upper mounting nut. Torque it to 30 foot pounds.

  • Mount the front wheels again, and torque the bolts to manufacturer specifications. Lower the front end of your Durango.

Replace Your Rear-End Shocks

  • Lift the rear end of your Durango and support the frame with jack stands. Use another jack stand to support the rear axle. Lower the spare tire.

  • Remove the upper mounting bolt with a ratchet, followed by the lower mounting bolt on each side. Pull out the shocks.

  • Align the shocks with their brackets, and insert the bolts through the upper and lower mounts. Twist the flag nut onto the upper bolt and a regular nut on the lower bolt. Torque both nuts to 75 foot pounds.

  • Put the spare tire back where it normally sits. Remove the jack stands from the axle and the frame and lower the rear end of the Durango.

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