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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2014, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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How to replace 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 13 (permalink) Old 12-08-2014, 01:36 PM
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Re: How to replace rear shocks

Thanks for the illustrated instructions. You never cease to amaze.

My rear shocks are probably soft by now, too, especially because they have performed about 1.5 more years and 8,000 more miles of service. There have been times when I've thought that the rear of the car has bounced a bit excessively over dips in the roadway. How much should this cost to do at a service garage?

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Fantastic, you are a rockstar!

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How much should this cost to do at a service garage?
Your first born most likely and if that's not enough probably your arm.
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Your first born most likely and if that's not enough probably your arm.

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I paid $43 each for new OEM AC Delcos on ebay.

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I paid $43 each for new OEM AC Delcos on ebay.
yup---
those are the 560-572 and 560-573s.

The ones I got are 560-633....

Whats the difference? I dont know.
Maybe the latest part with improved performance?
thus the higher # 633.

But thats the part # that came up when he used my VIN to search for replacement part.




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Another great writeup, rbarrios! And the video was a nice touch

So do you notice a big difference in the ride??

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Another great writeup, rbarrios! And the video was a nice touch

So do you notice a big difference in the ride??
No- cant say I notice a difference....around here.. (empty)
But come Sunday--- Ill be glad I have new ones in there.
Ill be loaded (interior cargo bay loaded, 5 on board, hitch rack, roof cargo bag)--- and driving deep into Mexico....
Im sure it will make a diff on those roads....

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No- cant say I notice a difference....around here.. (empty)
But come Sunday--- Ill be glad I have new ones in there.
Ill be loaded (interior cargo bay loaded, 5 on board, hitch rack, roof cargo bag)--- and driving deep into Mexico....
Im sure it will make a diff on those roads....
Probably.

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