How to Replace the Rear Shock Absorbers on My Cadillac

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Cadillac shock absorbers are one of the main reasons that the Cadillac rides so smoothly. If your rear shock absorbers are malfunctioning, it is going to disrupt your comfort. To replace the shock absorbers on your Cadillac, you are basically just going to raise the rear end, remove some securing nuts, pull out the old shock and put in the new one. Any website that carries General Motors parts will be able to supply you with everything that you will need.

Things You'll Need

  • Tire iron
  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Ratchet set
  • New shocks
  • Remove the lug nuts from the rear tires with your tire iron. Raise the rear end of the Cadillac using the jack. Place the jack stands at the right and left support points under the Cadillac on each side. Lower the Cadillac onto the jack stands and remove the jack from under the Cadillac.

  • Pull the tires from the Cadillac and set them out of your way. Slide the jack under the axle on the side of the Cadillac that you are going to start the work. Bring the jack up enough to take the axle's weight off of the shock.

  • Locate the nuts that are holding the shock to the lower control arm and the frame. The lower control arm is the metal arm connecting the wheel to the frame at the bottom of the shock. The shock connects to the frame at the top of the shock.

  • Remove the nuts that are connecting the shock to the control arm with the ratchet. Remove the nuts that are connecting the shock to the frame. Pull the shock out of its housing from the bottom. Remove the washer and brushing as well.

  • Install the new washer, brushing, and shock into the housing. Replace the nuts to the frame and the control. Tighten the nuts with the ratchet set. Place the tire onto the Cadillac. Replace the lug nuts and tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron. Repeat all of the above steps for the opposite side of the Cadillac.

References

  • "Cadillac Deville, Fleetwood, Eldorado, Seville 1990-1998 ( Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manual );" Haynes North America Inc.; July 25, 2001
  • Photo Credit Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images
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