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Old 04-10-2004, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so it appears somehow the bolt at the bottom of the shock somehow came off while i was driving.
I need a replacement FAST, i have tried autozone, they tell me the size is 12x1.5mm but autozone doesn't have them, neither does Lowe's or Home Depot.
Is there ANY place i can get this besides the dealership? If not, how much would the dealership charge for one?

And could someone explain how this came off, i replaced the shocks maybe two weeks ago and made sure they were tight, the only reason i can think of is that the socket got stripped somehow.
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It's possible it could have just worked its way off even if it was tightened down when you installed the shocks. Try some thread locker next time you put it on, I forget which color isn't the permanent one, you'd probably want to be able to remove it later on down the line.

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dont use red thread locktite, youll never get the bolt out later , personally i wouldnt use locktite, but it couldnt hurt.
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I've changed my shocks many times and this has never happened to me. It must have been really loose as the shock is all vertical movement (not lateral). Did you use the supplied washer? If not, that may be your problem. Also, if you're doing this from under the car (using a floor jack) and not on a hoist, the bolt may be looser than you think. Many times when you think it's tight, it really isn't.

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I just changed the shocks with jackstands in my driveway. I called the dealership here, and they say the don't stock them. They suggested a few local stores here, i'll have to check it later. Sure hope i can get one today :'(
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Ok, i've called around and no one sells them, how do i go about ordering one?
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