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Bode13
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« on: October 06, 2006, 01:50:34 PM »

I have a 2002 AWD with towing package (i.e. auto load leveling suspension in rear).  Can anyone tell me or point me in the direction of a procedure for replacing the rear shocks.  With the air compressor connections (I have not gotten under there recently to take a look) I assume there might be more to it than one might haev with a regular FWD or AWD without the towing package.

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2006, 11:10:48 AM »

I think it is a bolt-in procedure, you can just remove and replace the old with the new.  Just make sure you remove and replace them one at a time, and be sure you get the air valve connection in the same orientation as it was before.  The air fittings should be tightened with finger pressure only, that's how the set of air shocks I installed was.  I just went out and looked under my Tek, it's the AWD model but hasn't got level ride.  Looks like a pretty easy swap :-)
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006, 05:52:15 PM »

The replacement air schocks that Rockafella and I replaced on our Teks simply had a airline that snapped on.  There was no threading or tightening.  No,  our Teks did not come with the Load leveling suspension, but it looks like it should be the same procedure.  Simply remove the air lines and two bolts- 1 top and 1 bottom and can be done without even lputting the car up on a lift or jack.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006, 03:16:14 PM »

Wow, if it's that easy I might try to knock it out this weekend.

Dealership wanted over SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS to do it!!!  I literally laughed in their face.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2006, 06:04:08 AM »

Bode 13,

Let me double check the procedure in the service manual tonight when I get home.  I will let you know if they have anything unique procedural-wise.

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2006, 05:53:14 AM »

Bode13,

The actual removal/replacement of the shocks themselves is not that much different from standard shocks, other than the airline removal as stated above.  By the way the bolt torque specs for it are 85 Nm and 63 lbft.  This procedure only applies to the factory automatic load leveling shock absorbers.

Now removal of the airline is a little different from the aftermarket variety.

The airlines are held in place with a spring clip and the connectors ar sealed with two o-rings.
IMPORTANT: Prior to separating any of the lines, make sure that the connector and the surrounding area a clean and free of dirt, moisture and debris. 

To disconnect the airlines from the shock, rotate the spring clip 90 degrees  out of the slots, and pull the connector from the shock absorber.  Ensure that when reinstalling the lines make sure that you put them back on the shock they originally came from (as stated above).

To install the airlines, lubricate the two o-rings using a silicone lubricant, rotate the clip 90 degrees into the slots (that part may already be done above) and push the connector back onto the fitting on the shock absorber until you can rotate the clip until it snaps into the groove.

IMPORTANT:  Prior to driving the vehicle, turn the ignition on and wait 45 seconds (approximately).  This will ensure that the shock absorbers and the airlines are completely filled with air prior to driving.  This step is very important, do not skip it.

Hope that this helps

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2006, 10:51:41 AM »

Thanks Newf.  Excellent info. 

I was thinking of replacing factory air shocks with Monroe Max Air.  See any problem with that???  Or should I just stick with OEM replacements?
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2006, 10:58:52 AM »

You could do it, but would have to bypass the factory compressor and install them as regular air shocks.  Not sure I would want to do that.
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2006, 11:10:16 AM »

Okay...OEMs it is then.
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