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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    WOW, you guys are so right... the website in #4 was out, so I found them at the local advance auto parts for $71 for both. As soon as I took it out of the box, I knew what you guys meant, NOW, I can do it....

    Do I unhook the battery while I cut the wiring and resistor, heat tube shrink them?

    I found this on justanswers... is it correct?

    Important: Before lowering the vehicle onto its wheels (or before driving the vehicle, if it was not on a lift) turn the ignition ON and wait approximately 45 seconds. This will permit the ALC system to execute the ARC, ensuring that the air adjustable shock absorbers are filled with residual pressure.
    Lower the vehicle.


    Thanks guys...

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    You don't have to disconnect the battery, the shock harnesses aren't going to be plugged in to the car while you're installing the resistors.

    There's no need to turn the ignition on with the car in the air. The suspension will be in full droop (wheels all the way down) while it's jacked up, so the system's not going to try to pressurize the shocks, it's going to try and vent them. Which it won't be able to do without the weight if the car on them. Just install them, the system will adjust normally when the ignition is turned on with the car on the ground.

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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    Do I unhook the battery while I cut the wiring
    and resistor, heat tube shrink them

    no need to disconnect the battery -

    just to be 100% clear -

    you are NOT cutting the wire harness in the car to add the resistors -

    you ARE cutting the old plug - off the old shock -
    adding the resistor to THAT old plug -
    and plugging it into the plug that remains on the car -

    we are trying NOT to modify the plug on the car -
    that way - if someone in the future wants to install "active" shocks -
    the original wiring will be completely intact -

    besides what MC said -

    after you have removed the old shocks -
    and have made the "resistor-bypass-plug" -

    it might be easier to install that plug - and secure it up out of the way -
    before you put the new shocks on -
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    when you install the new shocks - they will be fully collapsed -
    and they will be hard to extend -

    it is easier to install the TOP mount first -
    next - remove the cap from the air inlet -
    then pull the bottom of the shock down -
    to extend it far enough to install the bottom mount -

    then connect the air supply -

    take your time -

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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    Ok, so i have to find where the harness out of car and the harness out of shock meet, UNHOOK it,..... then cut the shock side and do the resistor... once its all back together then reconnect the harness???? Any idea where they meet???

    I am going to do it on Sunday, I have to take wife to a friends wedding, so I gotta take her in the Caddy...

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    They meet at the shock.
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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    Quote Originally Posted by monty_n_philly View Post
    ....Any idea where they meet???
    If you follow the wire harness from the bottom of the shock you will very quickly locate where the shock harness connects to the chassis harness.

    That connection point will be on the inboard surface of the inboard finger of the lower control arm.

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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    On the top of the shock is the air value and the bottom has the connector in it. So do I unhook that or can I cut that? That is confusing me...

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    Do not cut the air line.

    The wires come out of the shock, and go up the control arm a little, then there's a connector. You want to cut the connector (between the shock and the connector), NOT the wires after the connector.

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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    Quote Originally Posted by monty_n_philly View Post
    On the top of the shock is the air value and the bottom has the connector in it. So do I unhook that or can I cut that? That is confusing me...
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    DO NOT CUT ANYTHING - YET -

    carefully disconnect the air line -
    you are going to re-use it on the new shock -

    carefully disconnect the electrical plug -

    remove the shock -

    THEN cut the electrical plug FROM THE SHOCK -

    add the resistor to the wires on the plug - waterproof it -

    plug that newly created "resistor assembly" back in -

    install the new shock -

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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    OK,,, last question... I got it.. on the bottom of the shock is the electrical plug... I was able to pull off the plastic back .. but how do I get the electric plug out? Does it pull up, screw out... I bet I tried to get it out for bout 20 mins and could not figure it out and did not want to break it... THanks...

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
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    DO NOT CUT ANYTHING - YET -

    carefully disconnect the air line -
    you are going to re-use it on the new shock -

    carefully disconnect the electrical plug -

    remove the shock -

    THEN cut the electrical plug FROM THE SHOCK -

    add the resistor to the wires on the plug - waterproof it -

    plug that newly created "resistor assembly" back in -

    install the new shock -

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    For the third time:

    The connector is NOT on the shock. Follow the wire up the control arm (the metal piece the wire is attached to), and you'll find the connector.

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    Re: 03 DTS.. Rear Shock Leaking and messing up tire.. help

    Cabbage,,
    read the messages and you will see my problem.. can you call me..... I gotta get this right...

    so do I follow the lower connection on the shock to the control arm.. as you wrote.. then do I cut it from the control arm to the harness to do my resistor piece... see.. I have seen a lot of things that really is different then what you are saying.. dude.. I need help.. its 2 am.. and I have to do this today.... Deno

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    Just saw your post now, not sure if you're still up. I'd recommend removing your phone number from your post.

    I'm going to PM you mine, I'll be up most of the night, and out and about by ~Noon tomorrow.

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