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Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber

Part No. MA822 Warranty  

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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. Capacity is limited by vehicle suspension, tires and transmission. See vehicle owner's manual for details.

Product Features:
  • 1/2" Piston Rod: Hardened and precision ground rod for consistent performance and long service life.
  • All Weather Fluid: Contains special modifiers to reduce friction and ensure smooth rod reaction.
  • Full Displaced Valving: Better valving range on both the compression and extension cycles of the unit for a smooth comfortable ride.
  • Large Volume Air Chamber: Inflates up to 150 psi with vehicle loaded. Deflates for normal driving.
  • Lubricated Air Sleeve: Reduces friction for longer service life. Provides smoother operation during suspension movement.
  • Sintered Iron Piston: Stronger than traditional metals, enhances durability for longer service life.
  • Special Air Fitting: Resists air leakage.
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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
 
4.6

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (37)
  • Durable (18)
  • Easy to install (16)
  • Comfortable ride (9)
  • Improves handling (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large cars (37)
    • Everyday driving (12)
    • Replacement (8)
    • Trucks (6)
    • Small cars (3)
      • Car & Truck:
      • Casual driver (14), Auto enthusiast (9), Mechanic (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (16), Mechanic (15), Auto enthusiast (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (50)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    4.0

    very pleased

    By Julie

    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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        5.0

        Better than OEM

        By SimpsonTruckDriver

        from Deltona, FL

        About Me Auto Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer
        Level 1

        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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          5.0

          Worked and fit fine

          By Hogman

          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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              4.0

              I would buy this agian

              By speed

              from gaylesville al

              About Me Mechanic

              Verified Buyer
              Level 1

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Cars
                • Small Cars
                • Trucks

                Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                Good

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                • No

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                (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect OE Replacement Shocks

                By Anonymous

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

                Verified Buyer
                Helpful Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy Install
                • Exact fit

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Cars

                  Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                  These shocks were perfect fit. Color is black instead of white, but prefer black. The only problem when installing was that the air lines seemed a little too loose thought they might not work, but after starting car everything works good. Great Price

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                  (12 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  easy to install

                  By Moparmike

                  from Lehighvalley

                  About Me Mechanic

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 2

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Cars

                    Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                    exact fit and very easy to install. also alot bigger than the original. Looks like they will last a long time. Will let you know more after they have been in use for awhile.

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                    (18 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    easy install

                    By T

                    from Waterbury,CT

                    About Me Normal Auto Use

                    Verified Buyer
                    Level 2

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                        Great value!

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                        • No

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                        (19 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Monroe Shocks are the best!

                        By Jr.

                        from Mt. Morris, MI.

                        About Me Casual Driver

                        Verified Buyer
                        Level 2

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Cars

                          Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                          I really am satisfied with the Monroe Shocks that I purchased online for my 1997 Buick Park Ave. They provide a very comfortable ride, and were super easy to install.

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                          (19 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          GREAT SHOCKS

                          By Casual Steve

                          from Elkridge, MD

                          About Me Casual Driver

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                          3 or more reviews submitted

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Large Cars

                            Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                            Pulled off a set of Gabriels that were NOT good, went bad in a year and road rough and noisy. The Monroes are liked by everyone I have talked to that know shocks and struts.

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                            (18 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Exact fit with no issue

                            By Jim

                            from Lafayette, IN

                            About Me Mechanic

                            Level 2

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fit perfectly

                            Cons

                            • No Bottom Hardware

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber:

                              This shock fit like a charm. Air line perfect fit. Car rides like new.
                              CON: there was no bottom end hardware in the package, a $1 item that I had to go back to the store to get as the old hardware was rusted and failed when taken apart. Make sure you buy the bottom end hardware when you buy this shock.It is in the HELPS section. 8 mm 1.25 clip. Your bolt should be good.

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                              • 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

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  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

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  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
                              • Q:

                                How do you disconnect and reconnect the air line from the pump to the rear air shock (MA822) in Pontiac Bonneville(2004 SE)? Thanks
                                Asked on 11/17/2013 by don from ontario,canada

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Great question Don, disconnect the air line at the shock absorber by pushing in and holding the plastic ring while firmly pulling outward on the air line. Then remove the lower shock absorber mounting nut and bolt assembly and swing the shock out of the bracket. Then remove the two upper shock attaching nuts from the top of the crossmember then remove the shock. Reconnect the air line is the reverse of the removal procedure.

                                  Answered on 11/18/2013 by Max from AAP
                              • Q:

                                Can I put these on a 1984 S10 4x4 for a small lift purposes? and what does this product require to pump air into? (a regular tire nozzle and air hose). And how much of a lift can I get out of these air shocks.
                                Asked on 10/8/2013 by Georgie from West Virginia

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Hi Georgie, this Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber -part# MA822 is not an ideal part for your 1984 Chevrolet S10. Please check the Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber - part# MA759 which would be an exact fit for your vehicle. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                                  Answered on 10/8/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                              • Q:

                                what the tork on the top bolt for a 2001 pontiac Bonneville?
                                Asked on 9/10/2013 by ted from lyons ny

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  With reference to your inquiry on the Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber - Part No. MA822, the torque specification for Shock tower top mounting nut is 15 ft-lbs. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                                  Answered on 9/11/2013 by Morgan from AAP
                              • Q:

                                the monroe max air shock absorbers vill not lower tube/hose is disconnected ?
                                Asked on 6/30/2013 by stefan from sweden

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  With respect to your inquiry on the Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber - Part No. MA822 we will need more information including the year, make, model, and engine size of your application before we can make a suggestion. Please call us at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Part Pros would be more than happy to further assist you.

                                  Answered on 7/1/2013 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                              • Q:

                                Hi, I like to replace my rear Bilstein B46-0535 shocks (Mercedes 240d, 1976, w114) with these ones. Is it possible to remove the cross pin in the lower mounting of the monroes (Lower Mounting Code: Cross Pin Mount - Closed Ended, 5/16" Hole ID (Both Ends) X 2.7/8" Pin Length (Hole Center to Center)? If possible, the lower mounting of the monroes would then look like the bilsteins? Thank you for your help, Markus
                                Asked on 4/11/2013 by Markus

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Sorry, this Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber -part# MA822 is not an ideal part for your 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D. Right now we are unable to locate the exact air shock absorber for your vehicle online. However, if you could please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                                  Answered on 4/11/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                              • Q:

                                can you put air shock instead of struct
                                Asked on 12/28/2012 by slim from warren ohio

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  For further assistance regarding the Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber (Part No. MA822), please provide the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle. For more information, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                                  Answered on 12/28/2012 by Steve from AAP
                              • Q:

                                rear shocks? 1or 2 shocks in package.
                                Asked on 9/1/2012 by Stan from Louisville OH

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  This Monroe Max-Air Air Shock Absorber (Part# MA822) is sold as a pair. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                                  Answered on 9/2/2012 by Rick from AAP
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