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Shock absorbers

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Old 11-10-2018, 02:47 PM
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2001 E350 shock absorbers need to be replaced and from what I can see it's going to be tough getting a wrench or socket on the top nut. Clearance is crap. My deep sockets are too deep, shallow sockets are too shallow. Am I going to have to grind a deep socket down? What tools has anyone successfully used and what size it the nut?
 
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:24 AM
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The front shock nuts are easier to get at with the wheels removed Even then they can be a PIA. There are special tools that make the job a lot easier and it might be worth your while to check if your local auto supply store has them . One fits over the nut and the other allows you to hold the shaft and turn the nut.They are not that expensive . If you can't get in there any other way , I would definitely check them out.
 
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Old 11-19-2018, 11:26 AM
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Yeah, I had the wheels off. I have offset box wrenches but they are 12 point and I don't want to risk stripping the nut, then I have a bigger problem. I think a special tool is my only hope.
 
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