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Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber

Part No. MA822 Warranty Details  

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The Max-Air shock absorber is ideal for vehicles that haul heavy loads or tow trailers. Designed to maintain level vehicle height, they can be inflated or deflated as needed...from 20 psi to 150 psi with the vehicle loaded.

Product Features:
  • Large-volume air chamber inflates up to 150 psi with vehicle loaded, and deflates for normal driving.
  • A pair can maintain ride height when up to 1,100 lbs. of additional weight is loaded.
  • Can be adapted for most vehicles equipped with automatic leveling systems.
  • Packed in pairs that include air line, air fittings, and air fill kit. 
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Compressed Length:15.25 in
Dust Shield Included:Yes
Extended Length:26.125 in
Parts Pack(s):No
Rod Diameter:1/2
Travel Length:10.875 in

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MonroeMax-Air Air Shock Absorber
 
4.5

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Durable (21)
  • Easy to install (17)
  • Comfortable ride (9)
  • Improves handling (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large cars (39)
  • Everyday driving (12)
  • Replacement (8)
  • Trucks (8)
  • Small cars (5)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Casual driver (14), Auto enthusiast (9), Mechanic (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Mechanic (19), Casual driver (16), Auto enthusiast (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy Install Steps

These are an easy install on a Lesabre. No need for anything else. Steps: (1) Do one wheel at a time. Loosen lugs, jack up at pinch point, remove lugs...Read complete review

These are an easy install on a Lesabre. No need for anything else. Steps: (1) Do one wheel at a time. Loosen lugs, jack up at pinch point, remove lugs & wheel. (2) Slap another jack or stand under suspension arm of the spring [to prevent from dropping down when you remove shock.] (3) Loosen clip on small air hose and remove hose (4) Loosen 2 bottom screws on shock. [Note: There are 2 'clip nuts' on the bottom of old shock you need to remove and retain for new shock.] (5) Go in trunk and remove carpet retaining 'plastic press nut' that holds the cargo net and the carpet in place...unscrew and pull. Peel back carpet. (6) Remove the rubber dirt guard cup over the top of the top screws of the shock (7) Remove all 3 nuts on the top and then remove whole shock. (8) Pull off the old shock the top rubber piece and use on new shock. (9) On the new shock are 2 cups and a nut. Take the bigger cup and insert over the new shock stud so cupped portion points away from shock. Place on top of that the old shock rubber piece. (10) Slip on the bottom tangs of the shock the old 'clip nuts' (11) Re-install shock...bottom first....just get screws started. (12) You'll probably have to pull up on the shock to insert the top assembly thru the hole...so sometimes best to have a friend go inside trunk and put the nuts on while the bottom guy is holding the shock up and thru the trunk hole. (13) Don't forget that on the center nut of the top that the SMALL new cup is attached with the cupped portion pointing down and then the nut to secure. (14) Tighten all to around 18 foot pounds. (15) Put back on the air hose and the clip. GET THE CLIP CORRECT--you should be able to lightly tug on the hose and NOT have it come off. Attach the rubber dust cup over the screws inside the trunk.

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i would buy them again

the only problem was the box was taped shut and when iwent to put them on their was one nut and washer missing the bag was already opened.

the only problem was the box was taped shut and when iwent to put them on their was one nut and washer missing the bag was already opened.

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1.0

These DO NOT FIT 2003 CADILLAC DEVILLE

By 

from niagara falls

About Me Mechanic

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

      Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

      The shocks need to be turned 90 degrees to allow the shocks to have the air fitting in line to allow the airline to be attached and this cannot be done. Do not use these for Cadillac Deville. Very frustrating.Air fitting broke off the strut trying to turn the shock. ill never buy Monroe Again.

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      3.0

      Lack of information was disapointing

      By 

      from Upper Penninsula of Michigan

      About Me Shade tree mechanic

      Pros

      • Made in USA
      • Price

      Cons

      • Lacking Directions

      Best Uses

        Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

        This was a replacement for the Monroe Air Shock to Load Assist Shock Conversion Kit, part #90007, on a 2002 Cadillac Deville that went bad after 1 1/2 years. Upon opening the package I found no instructions or warrenty information of any kind. A long drawn out internet search finally provided some of the information I was looking for but other questions went unanswered. The instal was pretty painless. I used the Monroe Shock Absorber Air Hose Kit
        Part No. AK29 ( no instructions with this either) to complete the installation. The air fill nozzle is made of plastic as is the tee fitting and hose leading me to recomend a search for a brass air fill nozzle for durability reasons.

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        1.0

        Don't Last

        By 

        from Bloomington, IL.

        About Me Mechanic

        Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

        This is the second set I have installed on my wife's Bonneville. The originals and these all developed fluid leaks. This set was installed in March and one of them developde a clunking sound while driving. You can grab hold of the center of the shock and actually move it back and fourth while it's making the sound. More junk aftermarket parts to spend our money on.

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        4.0

        Max-Air Air Shock Absorber

        By 

        from Normal, Illinois

        About Me Auto Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

        Work great!

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        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Too much whiz and not enough bang"

        By 

        from iowa

        About Me Mechanic

        Verified Buyer
        Helpful Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good product

        Cons

        • Httpservicespowerrevi

        Best Uses

          Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

          Your shocks are a good product, but when you need new air lines to replace the old they are not a direct replacement. The replacement lines will not direct connect to the air pump (Buick Park Ave). You have to buy 1/8 inline unions and splice as the air lines will not connect to the standard air pump fittings. This causes another trip to find the conversion splices which you do not supply.

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          (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Caddy Air Shocks

          By 

          from Waynesboro, PA

          About Me Auto Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer
          Level 2

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • High-Performance
          • Very easy to install
          • Very Well Made

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Cars
            • Small Cars
            • Trucks

            Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

            I use these air shocks on the back of my 2004 Cadillac Deville DTS and they work great. Plenty of travel and they hold up well with or without a load.

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            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            good quality for price

            By 

            from mass

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • High-Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Cars
              • Small Cars
              • Trucks

              Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

              Replaced old shocks on car.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              very pleased

              By 

              from miami Florida

              About Me Casual Driver, Mechanic

              Verified Buyer
              Level 1

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Cars

                  Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                  this product was received on time.
                  was easy to intall.
                  work like the original shocks that came on the car.

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                  (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Better than OEM

                  By 

                  from Deltona, FL

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 2

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • High-Performance
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Cadillac
                    • Large Cars

                    Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                    This is EASY to replace! Why would a mechanic quote 60 minutes per shock, when - with an air compressor and impact wrench - it took maybe 30 minutes each side. Basically, raise each side, put that side on a jack stand, raise the other side, put it on the jack stand, remove the wheels, unscrew the bolts, remove the air line(s), and then reverse. Once I hit the road, I could feel the difference! The ride is back to being smooth (typical Cadillac ride), and thankfully, my air pump works to keep the ride nice!

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                    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Worked and fit fine

                    By 

                    from Wisconsin

                    About Me Casual Driver, Old Timer Mechanic

                    Verified Buyer
                    Level 2

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                        Product info does not specify that package contains a pair of shocks.
                        There should be four new clip nuts included to use for the bottom bolts, the old ones were rusted and some broke when I tried to remove them.
                        The shocks fit fine and the airlines hooked right up without any adapter fittings needed.
                        Monroe has always made good shocks and these seem to be quality also.

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                        • Q:

                          on a 2003 buick lesabre custom with a air pump for shocks, will this shock
                          Part No. MA822 for $72.99 that will fit and attach to the air line without any problems.
                          Asked on 4/26/2016 by shamrock

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Shamrock, happy to help you! The Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber (Part No. MA822) is an exact fit for your 2003 Buick Lesabre Custom. It is designed to maintain level vehicle height, they can be inflated or deflated as needed from 20 psi to 150 psi with the vehicle loaded. It can be adapted for most vehicles equipped with automatic leveling systems. For more information, I would suggest that you contact the Monroe directly at 1-734-384-7809 and they would be in a better position to help you.

                            Answered on 4/27/2016 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Does this product come as a pair? Meaning is it one for the left and one for the right?
                          Asked on 10/26/2015 by Don from Pikeville, Ky

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Don, I'm glad to assist you. This Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber (Part No. MA822) is packed in pairs that include air line, air fittings, and air fill kit. You need to order 1 quantity for the rear side.

                            Answered on 10/27/2015 by Solomon
                        • Q:

                          I Have a 2002 Cadillac Deville DTS. My question is there a sensor connection on the shock for auto leveling system?
                          Asked on 5/18/2015 by Rox from Pittsburgh

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            I'm happy to help, Rox! These Monroe Max-Air Shock Absorbers (Part No. MA822) do not have a sensor connection on the shock. These shocks are the recommended replacement on your 2002 Cadillac DeVille DTS 4.6L V8 if your compressor pump is still working. Even if the pump has failed, you can use these shocks with Monroe Shock Absorber Air Hose Kit (Part No. AK29) and manually fill the shocks. If you prefer to convert completely to a non-electronic or air suspension, you may wish to utilize Monroe Air Shock to Load Assist Shock Conversion Kit (Part No. 90007).

                            Additional details about the conversion kit can be found here:http://www.monroe.com/assets/downloads/english/conversion_kits/FORM_90007.pdf; in this document you will see Part No. MA822 and AK29 mentioned as the preferred replacement options. This also informs of how to eliminate trouble codes related to the air suspension. I also suggest consulting a repair manual (Haynes Part No. 38032) for your vehicle. If you would like additional installation assistance, I suggest consulting with a certified mechanic or you may wish to try Monroe's Tech Talk support forum here: http://www.monroe.com/en-US/support/tech-talk/

                            Answered on 5/18/2015 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                        • Q:

                          I bought these because it said they were an exact fit for my 96 Buick Riviera, Not So. My air lines are the type that screw onto the shock these do not. So what do I need so they will work?
                          Asked on 3/21/2015 by mdk77698 from KC

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                            A:

                            I'm glad to assit, MDK77698! The Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber (Part No. MA822) can be installed on your 1996 Buick Riviera with Monroe Shock Absorber Air Hose Kit (Part No. AK29).

                            Answered on 3/23/2015 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Does this come as a pair
                          Asked on 9/14/2014 by Jr from Baltimore, Maryland

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Yes Jr, this part is sold as a pair.

                            Answered on 9/17/2014 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          I have a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville SE Does the Max-Air Air Shock Absorber come with two shocks for the rear? Or are they individually sold? And will these work on my car?
                          Asked on 9/13/2014 by Shelly from Coshocton OH 43812

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            I'm happy to help, Shelly! This Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber (Part No. MA822) does fit a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville SE and are sold with two shocks in the kit. To install these into a vehicle that did not come with the auto air leveling system you will need Part No. AK29. You also have the option to do a conversion to a non-air leveling shock with Part No. 90007, which will provide you with load assist shocks.

                            Answered on 9/15/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                        • Q:

                          What shock do you use if you HAVE Automatic Level Control???? Switch on wishbone controls the air pressure....
                          Asked on 8/27/2014 by "MONK" from Wildwood, NJ

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Monk, To locate the exact shock absorber, please provide us the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle.

                            Answered on 8/28/2014 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Would I need some type of adapter kit/mounting hardware
                          to put these on my 01 Cadillac Seville STS?
                          Asked on 5/19/2014 by 01 STS from Parrish, AL

                          1 answer

                        • Q:

                          Rear? How about front air-max shocks please..
                          Asked on 3/15/2014 by Kimberly

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Kimberly, glad to assist you! This Monroe Max Air shock absorber is ideal for vehicles that haul heavy loads or tow trailers. It is designed to maintain vehicle height and can be inflated or deflated as needed, from 20 psi to 150 psi with the vehicle loaded. To check the exact fit application for the Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber (Part No. MA822), please provide us the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle.

                            Answered on 3/17/2014 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          will the air shocks off a buick lucerne fit on a lacrosse
                          Asked on 1/13/2014 by CARL from longview,tx

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Carl, great question! For assisting you further on the fit application please provide the year of manufacture of your Buick Lucerne and Buick LaCrosse.

                            Answered on 1/15/2014 by Vincent from AAP
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