Shock absorber (rear) — removal and installation

Note: Electronically controlled shock absorbers that are part of the Autohide® system must be replaced with compatible replacement shock absorbers.

1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it securely on jack stands placed underneath the frame rails. Block the front wheels so the vehicle doesn’t roll off the stands.

Note: It isn’t necessary to remove the rear wheels, but doing so will improve access to the shock absorbers.

2. If the vehicle is equipped with a ride control system, disconnect the electrical connector and the air line from the shock absorber.

Warning: Relieve the air pressure in the ride control system by loosening the line fitting to the shock a few turns and letting the air leak out over a period of time. Wear safety glasses as a precaution when removing the line completely.

3. Support the rear axle with a floor jack placed under the axle tube closest to the shock absorber being removed.

4. Remove the shock absorber upper and lower mounting fasteners (see illustration).

11.4 Rear shock absorber mounting fasteners

Chevrolet Silverado Suspension and steering systems _ Rear shock absorber mounting fasteners

5. Remove the shock absorber.

6. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the fasteners to the proper torque specifications.

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