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How to Replace Rear Shocks 95-00 Chevy Tahoe

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How to Replace Rear Shocks 95-00 Chevy Tahoe

Created on: 2014-03-19

If the shocks are bouncy or worn, watch this short video and learn how to replace them

  1. step 1 :Removing the Rear Shock
    • Raise the Vehicle with a Floor Jack
    • Secure the Vehicle on Jack Stands
    • Use a 21mm wrench to hold the lower shock bolt
    • Remove the lower shock nut with a 21mm socket and ratchet
    • Remove one of the two 14mm bolts from the top of the shock
    • Hold the shock as you remove the other 14mm bolt
    • Pull down the shock
  2. step 2 :Installing the New Strut
    • Thread one 14mm bolt through the top of the new shock
    • Put the shock into place
    • Tighten the first 14mm bolt preliminarily
    • Start the second 14mm bolt and tighten it preliminarily
    • Tighten the two 14mm bolts
    • Push the lower end of the shock into place
    • Push the 21mm bolt through the lower end of the shock
    • Start the 21mm nut by hand
    • Use a 21mm wrench to hold the lower shock bolt
    • Tighten the 21mm nut to between 75-80 foot-pounds of torque
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Repeat this procedure on the other side

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench

    Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

    21mm Socket

    14mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the rear shocks on this 1996 Chevy Tahoe. If you replace one of them, we do recommend that you replace both of them. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver's side shock is the same procedure. It's the same part and process for the Tahoes from '95 to 2000. The items you need for this are new rear shocks from 1AAuto.com, 14mm and 21mm socket and ratchet with extension, 21mm wrench, a torque wrench, and jack and jack stands.

You want to start off by removing this 21mm bolt and then you're going to remove these two 14mm bolts. Using a 21mm socket and ratchet and a 21mm wrench, you just want to remove that nut. Once the nut's removed, use the socket and ratchet on the other side and just start twisting out the bolt. Now, use a 14mm socket and ratchet with an extension to remove those two upper bolts and we'll just fast forward as Don does this. Once those are removed, the shock will pull down.

Up front is the old shock, in the back is the new shock from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical and they will fit the same. You will have to just apply some pressure to shrink the new shock. Feed your new shock up into place with a bolt and a 14mm socket and then just tighten it into place. Really, you only need to tighten it preliminarily and then you should start the other bolt. Once you have both bolts started, just got back and forth tightening them up until it's nice and firm. Now, push the shock in and then forward and then line it up and push the bolt through. Then, just replace the nut and washer on the other end and tighten that up with your socket and ratchet and the 21mm wrench. Torque this lower bolt to 75-80 foot pounds and you're all set.

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
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 21mm Socket
  • 14mm Socket

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