Questions tagged [shock-absorber]

Suspension part that dampens the vertical motion of the tire, wheel, and hub assembly.

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Do I need to replace both front struts if one is OK

I have a car that is 7 years old and unfortunately hit a curb which bent the front strut on the drivers side. Do I need to replace both struts? Or just the damaged strut? It is similar to this ...
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Can rear shocks affect comfort at the front?

Can bad rear shocks affect the ride quality at the front of the car? Or are they only noticeable for back passengers? My car was really "bouncy", so I replaced the front shocks. Even though ...
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On uneven road, I hear sound from front left side as though the tire is touching the fender and rubbing against it for a second

On uneven road, and also on speed braker, at low speed of 1 to 10 km/hr, I hear sound from front right side of bonet. It sounds as though the tire is touching the fender and rubbing against it (it is ...
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New pair of shock absorber piston does not return at the same time after compression

I bought a pair of new shock absorbers for my car today. When i went to the workshop and open up i did a compression on the pistons. i found that one of the shock piston return faster than the other. ...
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New car - Front Left suspension "clicking"

I recently bought a new car and noticed when I go over speed bumps (either directly or at an angle), the front left suspension "clicks", and I feel that click through my steering wheel. Im ...
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Shock absorber has dropped down

I'm not sure about the proper nomenclature but it looks like my rear shock absorber (or a part of it?) has dropped and is stuck at that down position. Car details: 2000 BMW 320d (first version of the ...
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How to find/select correct bolt for shock absorber on old boat trailer

While not a car or truck question, I hope a boat trailer question is ok. I have a trailer for my boat. The trailer (and the boat) is from 1960. After 40 years in the family, the shock absorbers have ...
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Newly replaced shock absorbers fail

What causes both of them to fail? I think they were installed wrong. How can this happen? I saw absorbers with much oil leaking on them also.
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Hand-testing Shock Absorbers

Does manually hand-testing shock absorbers have any validity for checking if a shock is good or bad? Does hand-priming shock absorbers help? I usually hand-prime shock absorbers that I feel are ...
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1968 Beetle Front Shocks (Koni)

What are the correct size Koni front shocks for a 1968 Beetle at stock height? I purchased the (red) Koni D 80-1787 which Koni's site recommended as a stock shock replacement. My mechanic says ...
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

When people talk about changing the shocks or struts, it's usually the front ones due to comfort, handling and safety reasons. But what about the rear ones? How much of a problem are worn out rear ...
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Noise from shocks/rack ends in Honda Fit

In my Honda Fit GP5 I'm getting a metal scrape ("chiri chiri") noise when my left front wheel hit a rough road with shocks. I'm not getting any noise or anything wired voice when I'm turning ...
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knocking and banging sound from rear underneath of the car

My i20 2011 model and is making a banging sound like hitting a empty drum even when i drive on flat paved road and when I stop. I thought it was the problem of shocker, but when I drive over bumpy ...
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Maintenance to improve dash cam quality

I recently started using my phone as a dash cam in my car. It's got great resolution (4k) and image quality and I'm planning on retaining the footage I shoot indefinitely, so I don't want cheap throw-...
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Yamaha Nmax what causes excessive scooter seat vibration?

I have an app that records motorcycle seat vibration and shock. While doing a test run on Yamaha NMax I have observed shock readings from the seat that are inconsistent with the ride quality. The bike ...
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Do worn out tires effect the brake pad, rotor and shocks?

My tires are worn out and the mechanic suggested that if I don't change them then it will cause negative impact on the brake pad, rotor and shocks? Is this true. Car is done 150000 kms and braking ...
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Replacement of shocks

I returned from Namibia late July and took my Pajero (18 months old, 36 000kms) to the dealer to check the shocks. The guarantee is still in force and Mitsubishi decided to replace the front and rear ...
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Should you replace shocks in pairs?

I have one (slowly) leaking shock. It was pointed out to me by a service place, and they also told me that they would recommend replacing both shocks (i.e. the left and right side) at the same time ...
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Schock absorbers misting

My car has a schock absorbers misting report on a test Audi a3 built 2009 Now my question is could this case a bumpy ride I.e when the car rides of bumpy road, the drive feels very rough Best ...
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Torquing Strut Nut with Tire on Ground

I will be changing my wife's shocks and struts next week on her 2012 Outback. The service manual says not to tighten strut mounting nut until the car is on the ground. Do I really leave the nut that ...
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Shock absorber anti sway bar support

2011 Nissan Xtrail T31 Diesel. The support that holds the sway bar link looks like this: https://i.imgur.com/vlZTJLz.jpg. Can this be welded? Or should I buy a new set of shock absorbers? How ...
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OEM length or shorter-travel shocks/struts for a car with lowered suspension?

When lowering a car on lowering springs or coilover sleeves (any lowering without a matched shock/strut provided by the spring manufacturer), should I also try to source a shorter length shock? Seems ...
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Car battery recently replaced - could it cause static buildup?

I recently had my car battery replaced. Ever since then, the first person to get out of the car gets a static shock. This never happenned before. Could it be that the new battery is set up in such a ...
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Replacing regular twin shocks with nitrox for my bike

I have a bike with regular Twin shock absorbers (Spring and damper). I am planning to change this to Gas charged shock absorbers. Since I used to ride my friend's Bajaj Pulsar 150, and it feels more ...
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I bought two new shock absorbers but one of them is much softer and slower. Is it bad? (video attached)

It also does not go up fully if I put some weight on it. Video: https://youtu.be/1CpawflyGjs Car is scion tc. Both struts are the same brand/line.
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Stripped threads on top mount for shock, is it still usable?

I have an otherwise brand new shock (KYB KG5551 Gas-a-Just Monotube Shock) that I mistakenly torque gunned the old (OEM) nut onto. This stripped all the threads and it no longer accepts the correct ...
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Where can I get a schematic of the houdaille rotary shock absorber?

Rotary shock abosrbers were used in period cars examples are: Ford model A, also bugatti, and ferrari. Does this type of rotary shock absorber use silicone viscous fluid as a dampener or some spring ...
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Is car axle and shocks for SUV/pickups and sedans so different?

Over here we have regular roads and highways, but there are tons of potholes everywhere. The potholes aren't huge (if I hit any of them, the car frame won't touch the road), but there are many. Many ...
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Vertical play in wheels

I had my car jacked up recently and I noticed a vertical play(wheel going up and down) while holding the wheel at 9 and 3 and trying to move it. This comes with a severe knocking on the rear, both ...
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How to tell if rear coil springs need to be replaced on Ford Escape 2004?

Recently replaced rear shocks on 2004 Ford Escape with brand new ones. After replacing them, I took it for a test drive, the rear of the car started to have weird wiggling that didn't have before. ...
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The nut embedded in the front top strut mount is spinning with the bolt. What are my options for getting it out?

I'm replacing the front suspension on an Volkswagen MK5 GTi. There's three bolts which secure the top strut mount to the engine chasis. I've removed two of them, but the third one is spinning ...
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Bouncing car, notice every gap when driving [duplicate]

I own a Micra K11 from 1999 for some months now. The car has been lowered with lowering springs. The thing is, that the car is really bouncy, but when driving over a threshold or something, it ...
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Replacing OEM Shocks in 2004 Cadillac Escalade with Z55 Auto Ride Suspension

I have a 2004 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 5.3L V8 with Z55 Autoride Suspension. The ride quality is pretty rough, so I'm trying to do everything I can to smooth it out. I was just going to replace the front ...
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What brand of front shocks would you recommend for 2004 Cadillac Escalade 2WD? [closed]

I have a 2004 Cadillac Escalade 2WD V8 5.3L (215K miles). I'm looking at replacing the front shocks myself, and was wondering how to intelligently select a good replacement for them?
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what is a Shock Absorber's Tightening Torque?

What number should I adjust my Torque Wrench to when I torque a shock absorber? the repair manual says 98.1 ~ 117.7N.m so should I adjust it to 98 or 117? I have to change a leaking shock absorber ...
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Mercury Milan - Rough ride quality, relatively new tires

The car has ~180k miles on it but I have relatively new tires (less than 10K miles on them) and they are pretty good on the highway (very silent). My tires are: 205/60/16. Width/height-wise they are ...
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How can I soften the 2016 Toyota Tacoma SR5 bumpy ride?

I just purchased a 2016 Toyota Tacoma SR5 and it's a bit bumpy. I feel everything on the road. Any way to soften that? It's relatively new (10k miles), so I'm wondering if it'll soften in time?
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How to Troubleshoot "Jumpy" Rear End

The Vehicle 1994 Nissan Sentra, GA16DE engine, automatic transmission, 326k Recent Maintenance motor oil change (last 2 weeks) replaced cracked rear wheel spacers (~5 months ago) Symptoms How ...
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Cluttering sound during braking and turning at low speeds when ABS is active

This is a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo sedan. I am having issues with my brakes. When I step on the brakes at low speeds while driving in my complex where there are speed bumps, I hear a cluttering sound that ...
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What do Shock Absorbers Really Do? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Shocks and dampers - what can I do to prolong their life through home maintenance?

My car has factory fitted uprated shocks, lower and stiffer than the usual ones, and I find that despite not abusing them I go through the back set every 30-35,000 miles. As new ones are quite ...
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Offside Rear Coil Spring

Renault Clio mk3 2008. Offside rear coil spring has broken and I've been quoted £129 to replace the spring and shock absorber but does it need a new absorber?.
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How common is this ? (Burst a strut)

This is just for my interest. There are cheap shock absorber rebuild services. They tell they can rebuild my strut. But manufacturer has told that it couldn't be rebuild (Twin tube oil-gas cartridge)....
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Do leaking shocks need to be changed?

I own a 2013 chevy spark. It rear left shock is leaking oil gradually. Should I change it now or wait till it empties off? If it should be changed, should they be changed in pairs?
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Could worn out front shocks cause extensive inner tire wear?

I have a problem where both front tires on my 1989 Toyota truck are wearing out the inner tread at an abnormal rate. So much so in fact that steel belt broke through on the drivers side tire and I ...
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Mounting new shocks/struts for 2002 Ford Focus SE

I am replacing the shocks/struts on my 2002 Ford Focus SE wagon. I have never done this before and am not using OEM parts - I'm using this Moog strut assembly - so I wanted to make sure I'm doing this ...
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What's inside a spring shock absorber?

With (standard) spring shock absorbers like this one: What's inside the body of the piston part? Is there some kind of fluid inside or is it just air and empty space for the piston to thrust into? ...
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Is the shock bolt kit a reliable repair kit? A prequel to the obituary

Is the Dorman 31001 shock bolt kit a reasonable repair kit for front shock bolts? I was changing the front gas shocks on my 97 ford ranger, which is totally rusted underneath due to 20 winters in the ...
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Is it safe to drive this car (pics; broken shock; negative camber)

Would it be safe and not cause further damage to the car if I were to drive it 1/4 mile on a dirt and somewhat bumpy road? (The towing company under my policy won't go on dirt roads.) I've been told ...
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Replacing only one strut increase wear?

I drive a 2014 Corolla LE and recently had my right front shock strut and stabilizer bar link replaced under warranty(Defective part leaking) with OEM parts at 20k miles. Currently the car has 22k ...