I am just at the point of rebuilding my right rear shock. Remember Watkins Glen trip and that leaking shock?
Well, the shock is out and its still has fluid in it, but no gas. I put the shock out of it's misery with two drill holes on the top of the shock where the piston exits. One has to do this in order to throw it away, as per BOGE, so one can throw it in the metal recycle bin. Othewise the mineral oil is a hazard.
Well, back to the chore, Yes , HAD TO USE THE SPRING COMPRESSOR , on the LS.
Needed to use a air gun and hold the shaft of the shock with emery cloth and a large plyers, to get the nut off. Thank you Alfisto Steve.
What I found was a lot of rust at the botton of the spring. Rust was found inside the plastic liner. Tip- if that area of the lower coil looks swollen , that's rust . The liner is there to stop squeeking but for a rust belt car, it acts as a moisture trap and caused my shock to degrade, so much so, that I now need new springs for the rear.
The following images.
1. the thinned coil
2. The cone faces down, see where the rubber "shield" begins [the rest of the boot in seperated rings all the way down to]
3. lower ring holds the bottom of the rubber shield.
4. Top plate has a little rust but looks servicable.
5. Top pad looks pretty good.
1994 164 LS 5 Speed
1988 Milano Verde 5 Speed
1960 Giulietta Spider
1959 Giulietta Sprint
1965 Giulia Spider [parts car now]
Last edited by multicam; 12-06-2010 at 12:56 PM.