Kia Forte: Rear Suspension System - Couple Torsion Beam Axle / Rear Shock Absorber

Kia Forte 2019-2021 (BD) Service Manual / Suspension System / Rear Suspension System - Couple Torsion Beam Axle / Rear Shock Absorber

Components and components location

1. Shock absorber dust cap
2. Lock nut
3. Insulator assembly
4. Bumper rubber
5. Dust cover
6. Shock absorber

Repair procedures
Removal and Installation

Remove the rear wheel and tire (A).

Tightening torque:

107.9 - 127.5 N·m (11.0 - 13.0 kgf·m, 79.6 - 94.0 lb·ft)


Be careful not to damage to the hub bolts when removing the rear wheel and tire.


Loosen the bolts and then remove the rear shock absorber (A).

Tightening torque:

Bolts (B) : 49.0 - 63.7 N·m (5.0 - 6.5 kgf·m, 36.2 - 47.0 lb·ft)

Bolt (C) : 98.0 - 117.6 N·m (10.0 - 12.0 kgf·m, 72.3 - 86.7 lb·ft)


Install in the reverse order of removal.

Disassembly and Reassembly

Remove the insulator cap (A).


Using the SST (09546-3X100), loosen the self locking nut.

Tightening torque:

29.4 N·m (3.0 kgf·m, 21.7 lb·ft)


Do not reuse the self locking nut.


Remove the insulator (A), bumper rubber (B) and dust cover (C) from the shock absorber (D).


Reassembly is the reverse of the disassembly.


Check the rubber parts for wear and deterioration.


Compress and extend the piston rod (A) and check that there is no abnormal resistance or unusual sound during operation.


When installing the rear shock absorber, be sure to hold the upper rod so that the rod is not rotated.


Fully extend the piston rod.


Drill a hole on the (A) section to remove gas from the cylinder.


The gas coming out is harmless, but be careful of chips that may fly when drilling.

Be sure to wear safety goggles or eye protection when performing this task.

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