Shocks from hell
Group: alt.autos.4x4.chevy-trucks Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2003, 3:58pm (CDT+5)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt)
The shocks were just about shot when I got my '97 Tahoe. Replacing them
has been a headache!
The driver's side front shock has provided me with the most miserable
time in this project's short life.
The damn thing is still up on the stands (3rd day), as I can't get the
bottom portion of the new shock to sit in its proper space so I can feed
the bolt through. I don't remember shock replacement being this
To make matters worse, it looks like the differential is leaking and
the result has been a slimy, gooey mess blown all over the front left
tire shock, and brake assembly.
Anyone else have horror stories, hints, or just wanna laugh at the mess
I've gotten myself into?
p.s. - the last person to install the shocks rounded over the nut on the
lower bolt for the front, passenger side shock. now I've got to fight
that one as well!
simmer..simmer....simmer down now.....
1st.....get in your Caddy and go over to the Dealership and buy a new
nut to replace the
one that's rounded off.....you may even consider the HARDWARE store.
2nd.....if you have the suspension hanging because you put the jack
stands under the frame or the bumper...then jack the suspension up so's
the hole will line up.
2nd..2nd...if that don't work, then loosen up
the top and give yerself enought slack to try
3rd...2nd.....if that don't work, bolt the shock up
to the lower mount first...then....with great loving care....align the
top up and work on that end, possibly using the jack to raise the
4th...2nd....if that don't work....do a repost and
tell us what the hell is going on....