Rear shock absorbers (Van models) - removal, testing and refitting

Removal
1 Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on stands (see “Jacking and Vehicle Support”).

Place a jack beneath the rear axle tube and just raise it slightly.

2 Disconnect the shock absorber lower mounting by unscrewing the nut and pivot bolt.

3 Unbolt the top mounting bracket from the body and withdraw the unit (see illustration).

11.3 Removing the rear shock absorber top mounting bracket - Van models
11.3 Removing the rear shock absorber top mounting bracket - Van models

4 Undo the nut and pivot bolt to separate the mounting bracket from the shock absorber.

Testing
5 Proceed as described in Section 10.

Refitting
6 Refitting is a reversal of removal, but if a new unit is being installed, prime it first in a similar way to that described for testing.

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