Questions tagged [shock-absorber]

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

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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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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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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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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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How to demonstrate that rear shocks are failing?

I replaced the front shocks on a 2011 Toyota, but still getting excessive body roll. The extended warranty will cover rear shocks, but I have to somehow provide evidence that the rear shocks are ...
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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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Ohlins Rear Motorcycle Shock - How do I setup, care for and tune it?

I have a 2005 GSXR 600 I'm getting on the road. I bought an Ohlins rear shock for it and ordered the spring to match my weight. I can't figure out the low/high speed or the rebound/compression ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Why are shock absorbers in wishbone suspension systems mounted on the lower control arm?

Is there any particular reason (relating to the sprung mass) for having this kind of setup? I am yet to see a wishbone suspension with the shocks on the UCA.
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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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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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Can I use just any 17mm bolt?

I hope to be replacing the shock absorbers on my 2005 Mazda 3 this weekend. I have purchased the shocks themselves (Monroe P/N 5607), as well as new mounts. The only thing left to get is new bolts.... ...
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How to improve suspension on my 2005 Volvo S60?

I recently purchased a 2005 Volvo S60. The car runs great, but I've discovered that the suspension feels a bit stiff. When I go over a bump, I get shaken up a lot more than I do going over bumps in ...
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Do good shocks have any oil below the top half?

Is oil below the top half of shocks indicative of failure, or is it supposed to be visible? One repair tech said that any oil below the top half of a shock indicates failure. Another repair tech ...
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Refilling custom shock absorbers with brake fluid: too soft performance?

I'm experimenting with some shock absorbers I resurrected from being dead :) and have like 10L of DOT 3 brake fluid I can't use in my system. In theory I can fill the abs with any viscous liquid and ...
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'96 Ford Ranger - Shock Replacement

Do I need any special tools or skills to replace the shocks on my 1996 Ford Ranger? Regular Cab, Step Side, 3.0L V6 if it matters
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Are my shocks bad?

My 2008 Ford Fiesta makes a sound like air coming out of a bicycle pump (in my opinion) when going over speed bumps. I noticed the rubber buffer on the back right shock is damaged. Can you help me ...
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Ford Taurus 01 shock holder problem

My car was making scratchy metal noise when turning left coming from the back. I checked the bottom of the car and found the issue. I don't fully know how to address it what the part's name is and if ...
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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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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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Do I need to change these struts?

I just took my car ( 99 Nissan Almera ) in for a pre-inspection check and the mechanic said both struts have to be completely replaced because what appear to be rubber / plastic dust shields at the ...
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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 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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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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What technical challenges prevent deployment of pure active suspensions?

There are a number of different types of active suspension including pneumatic and magnetic, but to my knowledge, in practice, these are all classified as semi-active, since there are other non-active ...
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Maintainance of shock absorber

I have a 125cc bike. My cousin uses my bike more than me. He is more than 110 kg in weight. So I feel that my bike's shock absorbers will be break down soon because of my cousin. So is there any ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Most important : CAMBELT , SHOK ABSORBER or BALL JOINT

I have got a Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc Current milage is 97,000+ I got done MOT last week and it passed . Then I had a overall check from Halfords yesterday and got 3 RED points (and many AMBERs!) . ...
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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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How difficult is it to change the shocks on my 2007 Ford Ranger 2WD

I need to replace shocks for my 2007 Ford Ranger. Is this something that can be done with little skill?
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How much to replace shocks and struts for a 2010 Chevy Aveo?

I had my safety inspection done today? The mechanic says that my shocks and struts need replacing. In order to prove it to me, he pushed the left tire up and down which caused the thing in the picture ...
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Lower suspension self locking nut stuck

I'm trying to change the shocks on my 1993 Acura Integra, but I just can't seem to loosen the self-locking nut from the bolt that connects the lower part of the shock to the knuckle. I tried Liquid ...
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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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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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Car rattles when someone seats or go out of the car

My car rattles when someone seats in the back passenger or when I push down the car trunk. The sound is coming from the back portion of the car. Any idea what would be the problem? Car: Honda City ...
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Yamaha Crux-S Shock Absorbers-Rear [closed]

I have Yamaha 'CRUX-S' model and back shock absorbers are hard. I was asked to get them changed with better by a mechanic as they are hard. What type will make me a better ride. Can I use 'CRUX' Shock ...
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Can I fit Audi 4000 compatible shock absorbers onto my Audi 80 B2 1.6D?

I have an european Audi 80 B2 with the following parameters: Type: Audi 80 B2 1.6 GL Diesel Capacity: 1588cc Performance: 40kw Year: 1982 Motor code: CR I want to buy a new set of shock absorbers ...
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what is the difference between a 40mm and 60 mm springs

I have a '97 civic sedan. I want to lower the front of my car and lift the rear, or keep it standard. now the body of the car is suspended a little higher than 100mm over the tyre of the car, but it ...
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Less mileage and bumpy ride in VW polo after shocks and timing belt replacement

I own a VW Polo TDI, 2011. I recently had all four shocks replaced. I also got my timing belt and fan belt replaced. I also did the alignment afterwards. I have made a few observations which I would ...
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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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Is it possible to replace Honda Shine rear shock absorber by Gabriel or Escort?

I purchased my Honda Shine in 2011. The rear shock absorbers on the bike are not working properly from, thus I want to change it with the leading brads in shock absorber like Gabriel,Escort Etc. Out ...
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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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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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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 ...