How to Install KYB Shocks

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The shocks on your vehicle should be replaced approximately every 75,000 miles. This will improve your car's handling and ride characteristics. KYB produces shocks for almost any vehicle. You can purchase KYB shocks online or at your local auto parts store. Because there are different shock applications, you will need to know the year, make and model of your specific vehicle to ensure the correct shocks. You can save money by doing the installation yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Lug nut wrench
  • Jack
  • Jack stand
  • Vehicle's owner's manual
  • Ratchet and socket set
  • Wrench set
  • Loosen the lug nuts on one of the wheels.

  • Locate the proper jack lifting location for the corner of the car you're going to raise. Refer to the vehicle's owner's manual for the proper location under the vehicle. Ensure that the jack is in the correct location. Failure to place the jack in the correct location can cause major cosmetic damage. Slide the jack into position and lift the vehicle. Place a jack stand under the frame rail and lower the auto onto the jack stand. Ensure the car is secure. Remove the wheel and tire from the vehicle.

  • Locate the mounting bolts on the shock absorber. Remove the mounting bolts with a ratchet and socket. Hold the nut on the opposite side with a wrench. Remove the bolts from the brackets and place them in a safe place.

  • Pull the shock absorber from the vehicle.

  • Install the KYB shock into position. Push the mounting bolts through the brackets into the shock and out the other side. Thread the nut onto the threads.

  • Tighten the bolts with a ratchet and socket while holding the nut with a wrench.

  • Replace the tire and install the lug nuts. Tighten them using a lug nut wrench.

  • Lower the vehicle to the ground and remove the jack.

  • Repeat these steps for the remaining shocks that need replacement.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use extreme caution when lifting the vehicle.

References

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