In this guide, you will find instructions on how to replace rear shocks on Sprinter vans. This applies to Mercedes, Dodge, Freightliner Sprinter Cargo and Passenger vans.
Changing the Sprinter shocks is easy and can be completed without jacking up the van. Each shock takes about 45 minutes to replace.
What you will need
- 3/8" Ratchet
- 18mm socket
- 21mm socket
- 12" 3/8 Extension
- Torque Wrench
- Park your Sprinter on level ground. Set the parking brakes and move the shifter to Park.
- Remove the rear wheel. Secure the vehicle with jack stands. It is possible to replace the rear shocks on a Sprinter without taking off the weel.
- Remove the 21mm bolt at the top. Next, remove the 18mm bolt at the bottom. You will need to counter hold the bolt while removing the nut.
- Remove the rear shock from the van by pulling it downward.
- Install the new Sprinter rear shock.
- Install top and bottom bolts. Torque bolts to specification.
- Upper bolt torque = 80 ft-lbs / 108 N.m
- Lower shock bolt = 60 ft-lbs /81 N.m
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I change the shocks on a Sprinter?
Typically you want to change your Sprinter shocks every 60k-80k miles. If you do a lot of city driving, you may have to change your shocks more often.
How do I know my Sprinter needs new shocks?
Symptoms that your Sprinter shocks are due for replacement are the VAN is not stable on the highway.