How to Change the Shocks on a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500

by Jared Curtis; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Penetrating fluid

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

  • Wrench set

The shock absorbers on your Dodge ram mount to the frame of the vehicle and the axle. Shocks should be replaced every 60,000 miles to ensure a smooth riding vehicle. Each corner of your Dodge Ram has a shock. If you are in need of a higher quality shock, there are aftermarket shocks available to meet your needs. Instead of taking your vehicle to the mechanic for this repair, replace them yourself and save money

Rear Shocks

Lubricate the two bolts on each shock by spraying them with penetrating fluid.

Remove the lower shock bolt using a 13/16-inch socket on the nut and a 13/16-wrench on the bolt head.

Remove the upper bolt using a 13/16-inch socket. The nuts are fastened into place on the upper bolts, so another wrench is not needed.

Remove the shock from the mounting brackets and from the vehicle.

Install the new shock into the mounting brackets. Install the bolts through the bracket into the shock and out the other side of the bracket. Tighten the bolts using a 13/16-inch socket.

Front Shocks

Lubricate the two bolts on each shock by spraying them with penetrating fluid.

Remove the bolt on the bottom of the shock using a 13/16-inch wrench.

Remove the 3/4-inch nut from the top of the shock from inside the engine compartment on each side. There is a shock tower on each side of the engine compartment. This 3/4-inch nut is on top of the tower. Remove the three 12mm nuts on the shock tower using a ratchet and socket.

Pull the shock from the vehicle.

Install the new shocks into position and tighten the bolts down in the reverse order.

About the Author

Living in Utah, Jared Curtis graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Curtis is continuing his education in hard sciences to apply to medical school in the future. He began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in cabinet-related articles.

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