Ford F-250: How to Replace Front Shocks

Replacing the shock absorbers on an F-250 or F-350 is a great modification for the DIY Super Duty Enthusiast. Learn what you need to swap your truck's shocks below.

October 30, 2014

This article applies to Ford F-250, F-350 and Super Duty Trucks (2005-2014)

Replacing or upgrading the shock absorbers on your F-250 or F-350 is one of the more straightforward modifications for this truck. Shocks are wear items, which means that they'll need replacing on a regular basis. A shock that has profusely leaked fluid is a clean sign that it's gone bad. Other symptoms include noise when driving over bumps or the phenomenon known as "porpoising." This is when the truck oscillates up and down excessively after going over an uneven surface.

If your truck is exhibiting symptoms, then you should install a new set of shock absorbers. The procedure isn't difficult and it will help you save money.

Materials Needed

  • Jack stands
  • Lug wrench
  • Jack
  • Penetrating oil
  • 18mm socket, wrench

Step 1 - Lift truck and remove wheel

Loosen the lug nuts of the truck while it's still sitting on the ground. Then lift the truck with a jack. Support the vehicle with a jack stand under the frame so that the wheel remains suspended. Finish removing the lug nuts and pull the wheel off the hub.

Figure 1. Remove the wheel from the truck.

Step 2 - Remove upper shock bolt

The shock absorber in a Super Duty is held in place by two nuts. You'll need to undo the top one first. You can access it through the engine bay.

Figure 2. Undo the upper shock bolt from the engine bay.

Step 3 - Lower shock bolt

The bottom of the shock absorber is held in place with another bolt that attaches it to the frame. Remove this bolt. From here, you should be able to wiggle the shock out out of the wheel well.

Figure 3. Remove the lower shock bolt.

Step 4 - Replace the shock absorber

Slide the new shock into the same position as the old one.

Step 5 - Installation

Installation is the reverse of removal. Bolt the lower shock first, then tighten nut on the top of the shock.

Featured Video: How to Change Shocks on an F-250

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