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Old 06-23-2004, 09:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, it is safe to say that starting recently, people have been thinking that i have some bead bodies in the trunk. I am almost positive that it is my rear shock mount. how hard is it to replace this or temperorarily fix this until i get my new suspension
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Pull back the carpet in the trunk. Spray some WD-40 on them. Careful not to spray any on the amp, which I think I may have done. This will get rid of the noise for about a week. If you want you cause use some wheel bearing grease all arround them too.

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What is it that breaks\wears out on the shock mounts?
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Ok... for one... if you spray WD-40 on your shock mount... it will help the problem.. but it wont fix it... and it will only dry the rubber mount out and then it will start to crack...

You can try to tighten it.. you have to vice grip the top of the I-bolt that goes down into the shock.. and then use a open ended wrench to tighten the bolt... if that doesnt work...

You need to replace it... depending on how old the shocks are... you might just want to replace the rear shocks... thats what I did. I've found that if your rear shocks are bouncing... and you tried to tighen them... and that doesnt work.. then the only thing to do is get new shocks... they wear out over time.. and there is nothing a bushing can do but bounce and wear the mount out.

Thats from my own experiance... cars differ from car to car.. so have someone that knows what they are exactly looking at to give you the best plane.
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Yeah, definetely get them replaced soon. But the WD-40 will help for about a week, then you have to do it again. You could use some grease like I said too, that would work better but most people don't just have some sitting around.

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