How to change shock absorber dust boots [AUTODOC TUTORIAL]

How to change shock absorber dust cover & bump stops on a car – replacement tutorial
Required Tools:
Flat screwdriver
Tap wrench
Wheel impact socket
Impact socket
Ceramic grease
Please note!
  • The dust boot protects the piston rod of the shock absorber from dirt, water, and other environmental factors
  • The bump stop is a cushioning element that limits the travel of the piston rod and prevents the shock absorber body from hitting against the mount
  • The dust boot and bump stop can be combined into a dust cover kit or installed separately
  • On some cars, the bump stop can be replaced without removing and disassembling the shock absorber
  • If the dust boot is attached to the bump stop, then damage to the former will cause malfunction of the latter
  • This results in dust and water getting on the shock absorber’s piston rod, causing its corrosion and failure
  1. 1.
    Be sure to support the suspension parts before getting down to work
    How to change Shock Absorber Dust Cover & Bump Stops - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the upper fasteners. You can access them either from the car boot or the wheel arch
    Replacement of the dust boot and bump stop on a shock absorber mounted separately from the spring
    Carry out replacement in the following order
  2. 3.
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    Unscrew the lower shock absorber fasteners from the suspension components and remove the shock absorber
  3. 4.
    Shock absorber dust cover & Suspension bump stops replacement on your car: free workshop manuals
    It may be necessary to disassemble the shock absorber to reach the dust boot and bump stop
  4. 5.
    Changing Suspension bump stops & Shock absorber dust cover by yourself
    Inspect all the parts and replace if necessary
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replace the parts in pairs on an axle
  5. 6.
    How to remove Shock absorber dust cover kit - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Reinstall the components in reverse order
  6. 7.
    How to replace Dust cover kit shock absorber: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Tighten the fasteners to the torque recommended by the car manufacturer
    Replacement of the dust boot and bump stop on a suspension strut
    Carry out replacement in the following order
  7. 8.
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    Unscrew the suspension strut from the steering knuckle or remove it from its mounting seat on the knuckle
  8. 9.
    Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber Dust Cover & Bump Stops? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    In some cases it may also be necessary to disconnect the strut from the suspension arms
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