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What makes a worn car shock spongy and soft?

Shocks/struts can either come charged with nitrogen (gas shock) or conventional (without a charge). Both can wear out over time. Shocks should be replaced around 50k miles under normal conditions. ...
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How to demonstrate that rear shocks are failing?

There should be no oil visible on the shocks. If you see oil that means they're not damping as they should be because the seals are compromised. They most certainly shouldn't be dripping, regardless ...
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Ohlins Rear Motorcycle Shock - How do I setup, care for and tune it?

Overview In terms of rebuilding the shock, there are similarities between models but there are unique differences between them that make it impossible to review all of the nuance. I'll only give a ...
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Torquing Strut Nut with Tire on Ground

You should leave them just about snug, if not just a little loose. If you tighten them before you put it on the ground, when you do get the car on the ground, there will be tension on the parts, which ...
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Hand-testing Shock Absorbers

"Hand priming" or actuation is effectively worthless as a gauge on the performance of a Shock/Strut Assy. Only when severely damaged or out of service will the activity show any truly noticeable ...
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Why are shock absorbers in wishbone suspension systems mounted on the lower control arm?

The late 60s to early 70s mustangs has shocks and springs on the upper control arms. Normally They are installed on the lower control arm to save space. By fitting them between the control arms the ...
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How to demonstrate that rear shocks are failing?

Do the knee test. Start at the front, since those shocks are assumed to be good, because they are new. Put your knee on the front bumper in one corner, put all your weight on it, then get off. Count ...
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Hand-testing Shock Absorbers

Hand Priming Shocks of Various Dampeners/Struts is Urban Legend This myth has been perpetuated over time and has gained legs and therefore credibility. Yes, it's true that the gas and oil separate ...
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What's inside a spring shock absorber?

The shock you have shown is called a "coil over shock absorber". The shock which is located in the center of the spring, functions just like any other shock absorber. It will most likely have ...
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Do I need to replace both front struts if one is OK

Brakes and suspension should always be done in pairs. If you REALLY don't care about the car, you could just replace the one, but it could lead to alignment/tire wear/vehicle stability issues down ...
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

It depends vehicle specs, road conditions and driving habits. Shock absorbers are not carry the weight of the car, they are basically dampers. They restrict the amount of movement. In case of bump ...
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Refilling custom shock absorbers with brake fluid: too soft performance?

Brake fluid and oil have a different chemical base Oil is a hydrocarbon and brake fluid is a silicon. They will not mix. Therefore, the fluid seals are designed with that in mind. Brake fluid ...
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Do I need to replace both front struts if one is OK

The key assumption in the OP's question was that replacement in pairs was because if one failed then the other must be close. It's actually about making them the same. Unless the car has a tiny ...
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What technical challenges prevent deployment of pure active suspensions?

To answer your specific question, no, there are no technical impediments. That said, there are reasons why passive components are still used. Cost As you might have guessed, cost is potentially the ...
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Could worn out front shocks cause extensive inner tire wear?

First you should have replaced both front tyres together : braking stabilty water clearance etc As for a visual check of caster, camber and kpi then if you can see 0.5 or 1 degree of misalignment ...
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How can I soften the 2016 Toyota Tacoma SR5 bumpy ride?

Yes, the ride will soften over time as the springs start to weaken. If the ride is bad enough, then you can replace the shocks so the suspension absorbs more road impact. Trucks are set up to ride ...
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What do Shock Absorbers Really Do?

A vehicle without shock absorbers will bounce many times after hitting a bump. The shocks basically dampen the bump force into the vehicle and they dampen (or slow) the rebound of the vehicle springs. ...
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Do worn out tires effect the brake pad, rotor and shocks?

No worn out tires will not affect brakes rotors or shocks. But using this mechanic will affect your wallet in a negative way :) It is a bad thing when a mechanic uses the customers lack of knowledge ...
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Do good shocks have any oil below the top half?

A shock absorber is supposed to be dry on the outside, leaking fluid (I suppose you mean that by grease?) is a sign of damage. The more hydraulic fluid a shock absorber looses the worse is it's ...
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Ford Taurus 01 shock holder problem

This should be a relatively easy repair, as long as you have the tools to do it. The part you are looking for is called the sway bar (or stabilizer bar) bushings and links. You'll want to get a ...
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Most important : CAMBELT , SHOK ABSORBER or BALL JOINT

In order of precedence: Cam belt Ball joint boot Shock absorber No. 1 Priority: I'm not sure if the Peugeot has an interference motor, but will assume it does since most vehicles these days are ...
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Is it possible to replace Honda Shine rear shock absorber by Gabriel or Escort?

I have replaced the original Honda Shine suspension with a Gabriel. There are no significant differences in comfort. Gabriel price is 1100, Honda price 1800.
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Mercury Milan - Rough ride quality, relatively new tires

With the mileage on the car I'd definitely be looking at worn-out suspension components as the cause. The "Push" test outcome you describe could suggest that the struts/shocks are failing but another ...
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How to tell if rear coil springs need to be replaced on Ford Escape 2004?

The springs will rarely if ever go bad, so should last the lifetime of the car. There are only two things which really affect the longevity of springs. First is if the shock goes so bad, there's no ...
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Shock absorber has dropped down

It looks to me like the dust cover has just dropped down, which isn’t really a problem as far as the operation of the shock absorber is concerned. The shock absorbers are obviously getting old, so it ...
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Is there some kind of "shock tensioner" that uses the vacuum instead of air in a shock absorber?

What you propose is possible in theory but impractical in practice. When using a compressed gas, say nitrogen which is commonly used in shocks and such, the limit of pressure is the lesser of the ...
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Replacing regular twin shocks with nitrox for my bike

I used to ride an Avenger 180, 2006 model and the stock dampers were causing discomfort so I changed them with the shocks from a Yamaha Enticer. There was a paradigm shift in the ride quality, it ...
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How difficult is it to change the shocks on my 2007 Ford Ranger 2WD

It's not difficult at all and can be done with basic tools. There will be one or two bolts on each end. Just take them off and replace with the new ones. It may help to take the tires off but may not ...
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Do I need to change these struts?

I think the basis for the replacement of the strut is really up to two things: How old are the current struts? If old, can you afford to replace them, or is just replacing the boot more economical ...
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Should I change the shock absorbers on my Honda Sp shine?

Feet touching the ground completely is not required to ride safely, provided you can balance the bike steadily when stopped. I would advise against lowering your bike if at all possible. If it is ...
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