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Old 04-23-2013, 06:22 AM
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Rear shock mount replacement?

How difficult is it to replace a rear shock mount? Time/tools/cost. I have one on the rear passenger side that failed. It looks like it is coming apart and bulging out. Lots of thumping noise. Driver's side seems fine. They were replaced about 35,000 miles ago by my indy along with struts, pads and bump stops. I am not happy.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:31 AM
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How difficult is it to replace a rear shock mount? Time/tools/cost. I have one on the rear passenger side that failed. It looks like it is coming apart and bulging out. Lots of thumping noise. Driver's side seems fine. They were replaced about 35,000 miles ago by my indy along with struts, pads and bump stops. I am not happy.
Very easy. Removing the rear seat is the hardest part. Get some compressors. Pull the assembly out ,compress spring, loosen the top nut, pull off old mount ,change out spring pad and put new one on. Reinstall assembly and seat. Go have a beer. Length of job 30min-1hr. Compressors are for rent at most auto parts stores. Or you can buy them at habor freight for maybe 10-20 bucks. The mount is like $20. I think you can totally do this job yourself.

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:09 AM
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Very easy. Removing the rear seat is the hardest part. Get some compressors. Pull the assembly out ,compress spring, loosen the top nut, pull off old mount ,change out spring pad and put new one on. Reinstall assembly and seat. Go have a beer. Length of job 30min-1hr. Compressors are for rent at most auto parts stores. Or you can buy them at habor freight for maybe 10-20 bucks. The mount is like $20. I think you can totally do this job yourself.

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Thanks, I am tempted as the seat is out. I hate to say this but my age, 69, is catching up with me and this "under the car" stuff is more than i want to do.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:57 PM
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Funny, I've had similar problems with the RR mount going bad. I've done that one twice vs. once on the driver's side. I bought a pair of Meyle HD mounts and just installed the one on the right, figuring having a fresh mount on hand would scare the ones on the car into behaving. So far so good...
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:34 AM
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[QUOTE=Mr._Graybeard;7544884]Funny, I've had similar problems with the RR mount going bad. I've done that one twice vs. once on the driver's side. I bought a pair of Meyle HD mounts and just installed the one on the right, figuring having a fresh mount on hand would scare the ones on the car into behaving. So far so good...[/QUOTE

Here in the US the extreme right side of most 2 lane rural roads tend to rougher. I wonder if that contributes to early failure of suspension components on the right side of the vehicle?? My daily commute takes me on at least 30 miles of such roads every work day. Just a thought.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:38 AM
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I had no idea of you age... Not trying to be funny at all and no disrespect, but I was going to suggest that you did not need spring compressors for the rear but I think you may want to use them just to be on the safe side. Hek, i'm only fifty (Well.. Dang close) and I can feal the differance in the streangth of my hands compared to my twenties and thirties...


Back to the rear springs... I usually remove the assembly, stand it up on the ground, press down on the mount and remove the nut, then let up gently on the mount. This method takes alot more pressure if you have sport springs. For the fronts... I would never try that LOL... Spring compressors all the way...
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:01 AM
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Give the point where the shock attaches to the control arm a bath of penetrating oil a day before you tackle the job -- even then you may need a rubber mallet to free it up. I think Meyle improved the rear mount design in recent years so it holds up better. I've gone nearly 60K miles since the last replacement.

You may be correct about the right side of the road, Russell. I live in pothole country and do a lot of rural and suburban driving.

Oh, and Harbor Freight spring compressors scare me. I had a pair and the threaded rods took on a parenthetical shape -- as in )( -- after a couple of uses. YMMV...

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Old 04-26-2013, 08:08 AM
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Guys, I am have the shop that swaped the mounts out 2.5 years ago do the job on the RR side again next week. They are not happy either that a Lemforder or OE part failed. By the way it looks like the strut top boltsetting about 1/4" to 3/8 " higher the the drivers side.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:25 AM
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Replaced the RR shock mount. Cost me only $118. It was completley torn out. shock must have been disconnected/non effective at that point. Sure felt like it BTW, I had taken the seat and rear parcel shelf out so the shop did not need to remove or replace them. This shop charges actual time for work. They are good people.

Rear package shelf will go to the upholsterers today. Cannot buy a new parchment colored shelf.
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