Questions tagged [shock-absorber]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6
votes
4answers
5k views

How do I know when to replace shock absorbers?

In my last trip to the shop, the mechanics told me that I should replace my shock absorbers. When I inquired as to why, I don't feel that they were very clear with their answer, like they normally ...
7
votes
4answers
622 views

What is a shock absorber?

I was told that I need to replace the shock absorber in my 1992 316i BMW. When I attempt to visit a web site to order the part it does not list any of parts with this name. I know nothing about cars ...
13
votes
5answers
44k views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
17k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
3k views

What makes a worn car shock spongy and soft?

I'm unfamiliar with car shocks. In motorcycles many rear shocks are charged with nitrogen which acts like a spring. I've seen motorcycle shocks that I've rebuilt have the correct amount of nitrogen ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

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? ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

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?