Jump to content
CaddyInfo Cadillac Forum

1997 sts rear shock replacement


Recommended Posts

I'm repalcing the rear shocks with the Arnott kit. The problem is when i try to loosen the top nut on the old shocks the shaft spins. I tried holding it with a allen socket, but that has rounded out as well. How is everyone removing these nuts from the shock? I was thinking of using a small die grinder to grind the nut, but i have to reuse the nut and the shocks bushing and plate. Any ideas?

Edited by mudweiser

Where can i buy elbow grease? I don't want to use any of mine!

Link to comment
Share on other sites


I have had this problem and have used a VICE GRIP to grab and hold the shaft

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Got them replaced. I ended up letting the rear suspension hang, then with a swivel on my impact i just kept cranking on them. It took a while but the nut cam off. It did cost me a swivel from it binding up but the job is done. Those Arnott shocks are nice. One thing i found with the Arnott shocks was on the drivers rear shock the wires exit the Arnott shock are a 90 degree and face back into the coil spring. There is not way to change this and it puts a pretty good bend in the wires when you run the new wires to plug in. I called Arnott and they have never heard of this before. They only make one shock for the rear of this car and they are the same shock for each side. I told him about the problem and they sent me an e-mail stating i could make what ever changes to complete the install and they would warranty any damage for life. Nice, i don't think too many companies would do this. Now i need to get the front struts done.

Where can i buy elbow grease? I don't want to use any of mine!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have had this problem and have used a VICE GRIP to grab and hold the shaft

x2, for future reference when removing bad parts never rule out methods that will ruin that part further. Of course chipping up a new shaft would ruin a shock but since you are removing it then clamping on a couple vice grips always works better than those stupid little allen head studs.

* 1966 Deville Convertible

* 2007 Escalade ESV Black on Black

* 1996 Fleetwood Brougham Black on Black V4P -Gone
* 1983 Coupe Deville Street/Show Lowrider -Gone

* 1970 Calais 4dr Hardtop GONE
* 2000 Deville DTS - Silver with Black Leather and SE grille GONE
* 1999 Seville STS - Pearl Red GONE

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...