Each individual shock absorber, in addition to controlling vehicle body movement and ride, exerts a tremendous stabilizing force on each vehicle tire. A shock absorber prevents a vehicle’s tire from hopping or bouncing in uneven or choppy terrain and helps to a vehicle tire planted firmly on the ground or road surface.
I read several articles on this, but I am still not sure what shock absorbers do. They basically work in concert with the spring when a bump is encountered to slow down the rate at which the wheel comes up in the wheel well...but also prevent the spring from lifting the vehicle too fast? (Implied here)
Also, would bad shock absorbers contribute to wheel-hop on dropping clutch?
What is "bad" in this case? Losing oil and not dampening or locking up somehow? Does the lock-up scenario ever happen?