How to Replace Shocks on a 1998 Camaroby Robert TomashekUpdated November 07, 2017
Items you will need
Metric deep sockets
Open-end metric wrenches
The Camaro has been the low-cost, high-performance vehicle in the Chevrolet brand for years. It has been the fierce competitor of the Ford Mustang in the long battle for American muscle. In 1998 you could get the Camaro with the V-6 to achieve better fuel mileage, or with the Corvette-based LT V-8 engine for the pavement pounding horsepower. Either way you got a car that had some great handling and street performance credibility. With the performance of the V-8 also came some problems. Keeping the rear tires on the ground during hard acceleration became and issue. Simple tweaks like upgrading the rear shocks helped to keep these tires on the ground.
Park the Camaro on a flat, hard surface. Place the wheel chocks around the front tires. Jack up the rear of the vehicle and place the jack stands under the frame. Lower the vehicle onto the jack stands, then lift the rear differential about one inch.
Fold down the rear seat back. Remove the plastic trim behind behind the seat in front of each quarter panel by gently pulling on the panel. Fold the rear carpet and locate the upper shock mounting nuts. Remove the upper shock nut using the appropriate deep socket and ratchet. If the shock spins, hold the shock stem with the pliers and remove the nut with a wrench. Remove the shock washer and rubber bushing.
Locate the lower shock mounting nuts under the vehicle. Remove the lower mounting nut and remove the shock from the vehicle. Install the new lower shock washer and bushing to the stem of the new shock. Install the new shock by guiding the shock stem into the mounting hole. Install the lower shock mounting nut and torque it to 66 foot-pounds with the torque wrench. Install the upper shock bushing and washer. Install the upper shock nut and torque it to 13 foot-pounds. Repeat the procedure on the other side. Install the carpeting back into place. Install the trim panels until you feel them snap into place. Fold the seat backs into place. Lower the vehicle.
Only use high quality shocks. Replace the shocks every 50,000 miles.
Robert Tomashek is an automobile technician and educator with more than 15 years of experience. He is ASE master certified and also carries certifications from IMACA, MOOG, Monroe, EPA and Four Seasons. He has a degree in automotive/diesel technology. He has written articles for various websites and teaches automotive technology at Universal Technical Institute.