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Replacing The Front Shock Absorber On A Fiat 500





Once the old shock is out don't forget to check the top mount bearing for play and make sure the spring is seated in the correct position. This 'How to' is based on the 1.2 model showing workings on the left side.

Standard left shock 51857833 and right 51964352

Workshop time: 1 hour 30 mins





If you would like to book yourself into the workshop, the price of replacing the front LEFT shock absorber is £236.65 and the right £238.50


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Lift off the left corner section of the scuttle weather strip.

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Lift the head of the plastic panel fixing clip to release the left bottom corner of the scuttle.

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Pull off the cap covering the top of the shock absorber.

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Using a 6mm Allen key socket in the top of the damping rod loosen off the 19mm shock absorber top nut.

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Using a plastic trim removal tool pop out the hub cover.

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Undo the wheel locking wheel nut and the x3 17mm wheel bolts.

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Unclip the brake hose, brake pad wear indicator and ABS sensor.

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Undo the top of the drop link in the same way as the top of the shock absorber, 5mm Allen key socket in the head and undo 16mm nut.

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On the lower shock mounting bolts use a 15mm ring spanner on the heads and a 17mm on the bolts.

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Prise the shock absorber from the hub knuckle.

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Completely undo the top shock nut and remove the shock absorber.

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Compress the spring so that the shock hangs lose.

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Undo the shock absorber top mount 27mm nut and extract the shock.

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Remove the shock boot/bump stop and slide it onto the new shock.

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Whilst the top mount is off check the bearing for wear.

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Note the position where the spring seats on the shock spring pan then continue to reassemble everything in the reverse order.

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