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Old 10-02-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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Rusted pan above spare tire?

I am in the process of installing rear shocks. I removed the spare tire. However, on the driver's side, there is a very rusted pan/tray holding two black objects (I have no idea what they are). Can anyone help me out in identifying what these black objects are and if the "pan "is safe to remove/replace? I need to remove it in order to get access to the upper bolts.

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Old 10-03-2007, 12:19 AM   #2
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You can access the drivers side upper shock bolts with out removing the pan. I just did the rear shocks on mine last week.

It is a little tricky but can be done.

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Those black objects are the charcoal canister(s). They are part of the Evaporative Emissions system. I think the "pan" is actually kind of a skid plate to protect the canisters.

You must be in the rust belt.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:17 AM   #4
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Thanks everyone for your help. I called the stealership and they wanted $186 for a new vapor/charcoal container bracket!!! I called 5 junkyards all to no avail.

And Dan, yes I was able to finally get the top bolts off without removing the pan. Removing the pan would have made it easier though :-). I didn't feel like getting robbed by the dealership, so I finished putting the shocks on and just threw the spare tire back up there. Now I just have to worry about hitting a bump and sending the vapor/charcoal canisters into the spare tire :-)


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later model Exploders have plastic ones, I swapped mine over
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:05 PM   #7
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since the picture is already in this thread, does anyone know what size/type bolts are used to secure this to the frame?, mine were lost after a leaf spring replacement at a local college shop.

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