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Replacing self-leveling rear shocks.


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I have the absolute definition of a generic 4 door sedan: a 2005 AWD Ford 500 Limited. It is quite possibly the most comfortable, nicest car I have ever owned. I got it from my dad 3 years ago in showroom condition. It has Nivomat self-leveling rear shocks which are quite pricey. I have already done some research and found the replacements for what seems to be the best price available which is $176/ea.

If anyone on the board owns this particular car have you ever replaced the rear shocks? I am a fairly competent DIY mechanic and it doesn't look too difficult but I have not been able to find an aftermarket repair manual for this car.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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Chilton's offers a online subscription format for their DIY manuals.


I usually prefer the factory manuals. They tend to be a little more expensive, but look much cheaper once they've saved a couple hours worth of shop labor rates, typically the first time I use them. Check Ebay , you can often find a used set for well under $100.

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Thanks so much for all those links. I'll definitely be picking one of those manuals as the engine torque damper and the control-arm sway bar links will need replacing soon too.

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