Watch Me Fix My Jeep's Shock Absorber Live Right Now

For all of you out there watching the clock tick as you await the weekend—wrenching time, as I call it—I’ve got something to hold you over for a few hours: I’ll be swapping a shock absorber today live on Facebook, and could use your help. Can you hand me that 9/16th combination wrench, please?

While inspecting my 1996 Jeep Cherokee, I noticed some leakage from the front passenger shock absorber. And by “some” I actually mean there’s a good chance the shock is probably completely empty at this point. Just look at that filthy thing:


I’ve also noticed increased brake dive, which has caused my rear tires to lose traction on multiple occasions under braking (it doesn’t help that the tires are nearly bald). More recently, the XJ has developed this strange noise when I hit bumps that sounds like that squeaky penguin from Toy Story.

Anyway, all of this funny business ends today. I’ve got a new shock, a dorky green onesie, and a sunny afternoon prime for some peak afternoon wrenching.

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David Tracy

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).