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Rear Shock Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Shock Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Set of sockets 12, 17, 18mm, vise grips, 17mm wrench, flathead screwdriver, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, torque wrench, lug wrench

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Rear shock, rear shock mount

Hot Tip:

Replace rear shocks as a pair

Performance Gain:

Car will ride well

Complementary Modification:

Replace shock mounts

Shock absorbers and springs are the suspension components that maintain the mass of the vehicle suspended above the rolling gear: the wheels. Springs hold the weight up, and shock absorbers dampen suspension movements so that passengers inside the vehicle experience a smooth ride.

The Volvo V70 is equipped with separate shocks absorbers and coil springs in the rear. For the front suspension, Volvo utilizes a combined shock absorber and coil spring assembly referred to as a MacPherson strut.

The rear shocks and shock mounts fail on V70 models, creating a bouncy ride or rattle. Inspect the shocks for leaking or inability to stop the rear suspension from bouncing. If you have a rattle over bumps in the rear, inspect the shock mounts. When they begin to fail, the shock shaft will rattle inside the mount.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it safely on jack stands. See our tech article on jacking your V70. I suggest replacing one side at a time. Leaving the shock attached on the opposite side while you work.

Working in the cargo compartment, remove the storage compartment lid by opening it and lifting it (green arrow) out of the mount (red arrow).
Figure 1

Working in the cargo compartment, remove the storage compartment lid by opening it and lifting it (green arrow) out of the mount (red arrow).

Slide the carpet panel out of the storage compartment (red arrow).
Figure 2

Slide the carpet panel out of the storage compartment (red arrow).

Pull the side trim panel (red arrow) up to remove it.
Figure 3

Pull the side trim panel (red arrow) up to remove it. The right side is shown. Repeat this step for the left side.

Remove the two 10mm storage lid fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 4

Remove the two 10mm storage lid fasteners (red arrows). The right side is shown. Repeat this step for the left side.

Remove the storage lid from the vehicle (red arrow) to expose the wiring harness junction (green arrow).
Figure 5

Remove the storage lid from the vehicle (red arrow) to expose the wiring harness junction (green arrow).

Next, place the hydraulic jack or jack stand (red arrow) under the trailing arm (red arrow).
Figure 6

Next, place the hydraulic jack or jack stand (red arrow) under the trailing arm (red arrow).

Working in the luggage compartment, remove the two 12mm shock mount fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 7

Working in the luggage compartment, remove the two 12mm shock mount fasteners (red arrows).

Remove the rear shock 18mm mounting fastener (red arrow).
Figure 8

Remove the rear shock 18mm mounting fastener (red arrow).

Pull the shock off the mounting stud (red arrow).
Figure 9

Pull the shock off the mounting stud (red arrow).

Working in the luggage compartment, pull the shock up to remove it (red arrow).
Figure 10

Working in the luggage compartment, pull the shock up to remove it (red arrow).

Using a 6mm (or vise grips) wrench and a 17mm wrench, remove the shock mount from the shock.
Figure 11

Using a 6mm (or vise grips) wrench and a 17mm wrench, remove the shock mount from the shock. Hold the center shaft still, while loosening the 17mm nut. Next, install the shock mount onto the shock shaft. Then install the new shock mount nut and tighten it. Now you can install the shock back into the vehicle. Once you get the upper mount aligned, install the fasteners finger tight. Then install and tighten the lower nut. Tighten the upper shock mount fasteners. Install the rear wheel and lower the vehicle to ground. Reinstall the trunk trim carpet and test drive the vehicle.









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