How to Remove Shock Absorbers

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Learn how to remove your shocks in order to replace them with new shocks with expert automotive tips in this free online auto repair and car maintenance video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Your Shocks
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Hi, my name is Nate McCullough. In these clips we are going to talk about the proper way to inspect, remove, replace and maintenance your vehicles shock absorbers. In this clip we are going to talk about removal of the shock absorber it self. As you can see I have the retaining nuts removed. This may take a little bit of muscle, a little bit of finagling, a little bit of fiddling, just due to the style it is. This shock absorber contains pressure it is constantly trying to push outwards, so it holds it self in place pretty good. You may need a pry bar behind the shock absorber. Don't pry on the cylinder, if you puncture it, it will spray you in the face. You are going to want to remove the lower portion first, and then slide the top out once you have the lower portion off of it's mounting stud. You may need to use a small pry bar. We are going to give it a try by hand first. And there we go. That is removal of your shock absorber. You can see, I will give you a demonstration here, how the shock will hold it self in place.

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