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Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: Shock Absorber Disposal

Warning: Gas charged shock absorbers contain high pressure gas. Do not remove the snap ring from inside the top of the tube. If the snap ring is removed, the contents of the shock absorber will come out with extreme force which may result in personal injury.

Warning: To prevent personal injury, wear safety glasses when centerpunching and drilling the shock absorber. Use care not to puncture the shock absorber tube with the centerpunch.

  1. Make an indentation 10 mm (0.4 in) from the bottom (4) of the tube  (3) using a centerpunch.
  2. Clamp the shock absorber in a vise horizontally with the shock absorber rod (1) completely extended.
  3. Drill a hole in the shock absorber at the centerpunch (4) using a 5 mm (3/16 in) drill bit. Gas or a gas/oil mixture will exhaust when the drill bit penetrates the shock absorber. Use shop towels in order to contain the escaping oil.
  4. Make an indentation in the middle (2) of the tube (3) with a centerpunch.
  5. Drill a second hole in the shock absorber at the centerpunch (2) using a 5 mm (3/16 in) drill bit. Oil will exhaust when the drill bit penetrates the shock absorber. Use shop towels in order to contain the escaping oil.
  6. Remove the shock absorber from the vise. Hold the shock absorber over a drain pan horizontally with the holes down. Move the rod (1) in and out of the tube (3) to completely drain the oil from the shock absorber.
Shock Absorber Replacement
Removal Procedure Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting  and Jacking the Vehicle. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installati ...

Rear Spring Insulator Replacement
Removal Procedure Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle. Support the rear axle with a tall jack stand near the shock absorber. Remove the lower sh ...

Other materials:

Front Bumper Fascia Replacement
Preliminary Procedure Remove the front bumper fascia opening cover. Refer to Front Bumper Fascia Opening Lower Cover Replacement. Front Wheelhouse Liner Bolt (Qty: 8) Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution in the Preface section. Tighten 2.5 Nm(23 lb in) Front Bumper Fascia Bolt (Q ...

Front Floor Panel Carpet Replacement
Preliminary Procedures Remove front seats. Refer to Driver   or Passenger Seat Replacement. Remove rear seat. Refer to Rear Seat Replacement. Remove the front floor console. Refer to Front Floor Console Replacement. Remove front sill panels. Refer to Front Side Door Sil ...

Washer Fluid
What to Use When windshield washer fluid is needed, be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions before use. If operating the vehicle in an area where the temperature may fall below freezing, use a fluid that has sufficient protection against freezing. Adding Washer Fluid Open the ca ...

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