Menu

1A Auto Video Library
Our how-to videos have helped repair over 100 million vehicles.

How to Replace Rear Shocks 05-10 Pontiac G6

Share on:

How to Replace Rear Shocks 05-10 Pontiac G6

Created on: 2013-07-24

Check out this video to learn how to replace the rear shocks on your 05-10 Pontiac G6 or Saturn Aura

  1. step 1 :Remove the wheel
    • Loosen the lug nuts
    • Raise and secure the vehicle
    • Remove the lug nuts and wheel.
  2. step 2 :Remove the top of the strut
    • Use your 13 mm socket and ratchet and some penetrating oil to remove the two bolts securing the top of the strut.
  3. step 3 :Remove the bottom of the shock
    • Unbolt the bottom bolt securing the shock.
    • Use a breaker bar and a 21 mm socket and some penetrating oil.
    • You might need a hammer to work the bolts out once you have removed the nuts.
    • Use a pry bar to pry the spindle free from the strut
  4. step 4 :Install the new strut
    • Work the strut into place and bolt in the top 10 mm bolts
    • Torque the two 13 mm nuts to 20-25 ft lbs
    • Bolt in the bottom nut and 21 mm bolt and torque to 45-50 ft lbs.
  5. step 5 :Replace the wheel
    • Put the wheel back on and hand tighten the lug nuts
    • Lower the vehicle and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft lbs

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

    21mm Socket

    13mm Socket

    19mm Socket

Installation Video
Watch video

Brought to you by 1Aauto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the rear shock on this 2007 Pontiac G6. Pretty much the same for any 2005 to 2010 G6, as well as the Saturn Aura. We'll show you the right hand, or passenger side. The driver's side is the same procedure, and we always recommend you replace your shocks in pairs. The only thing you'll need, you will need a jack and jack stands. You will need 13, 19, and 21mm sockets, also as well as a ratchet, an extension, and probably a breaker bar or a pipe for some extra leverage.

Take it, and depending on what wheels you have, this has wheel covers, so you unscrew the caps, and then the wheel cover comes off. If you don't have the benefit of air tools, you'll want to loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground, then raise and secure the vehicle, and then remove the lug nuts, wheel, and tire. Two 13mm nuts hold the shock at the top. We'll fast-forward here as we remove those two 13mm nuts. A 21mm bolt holds the shock at the bottom. We'll use a 21mm ratchet. We'll put a pipe on there for some extra leverage. It made it come off really easy. He probably can get it off easily enough with just the ratchet.

Our car is new enough that this shock is not worn out at all, so we're just going to reinstall the original one. We just wanted to show you this video, just so you know how to do it. The shocks we sell at 1A Auto are great replacements. You can see, you put the shock back in place, and then start those two nuts on the top. I will fast-forward, as we finish putting those nuts on. I then start the bolt at the bottom, and tighten it up. The bottom bolt, you want to tighten to probably about 45 to 50 foot-pounds, and the top bolts, you want to tighten up afterwards, between 20 and 25 foot-pounds. Keep the speed up here, as we put our wheel and tire back on, and just start the lug nuts on there by hand first, then tighten them preliminarily. With the car back down on the ground now, we'll tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds, using a star pattern.

Last but not least, put our wheel cover on there, and then put the caps on carefully, only using hand power to tighten those caps up.

We hope this helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 21mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket

2007 - 2009  Saturn  Aura
2005 - 2010  Pontiac  G6
2009 - 2012  Chevrolet  Malibu
2008 - 2008  Chevrolet  Malibu
2009 - 2009  Chevrolet  Malibu
2008 - 2010  Pontiac  G6
2005 - 2007  Pontiac  G6
2004 - 2012  Chevrolet  Malibu
2008 - 2012  Chevrolet  Malibu
Search Videos
Go To Top

Same Day Shipping

Need your part faster? Choose expedited shipping at checkout.

Guaranteed To Fit

Highest quality, direct fit replacement auto parts enforced to the strictest product standards.

USA Customer Support

Exceeding customers' expectations, our team of passionate auto enthusiasts are here to help.

Instructional Video Library

Thousands of how-to auto repair videos to guide you step-by-step through your repair.

Loading...