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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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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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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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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 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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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 Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

Wait what? Let's look at some physics here. If you have less grip in the front, your car understeers, you hit the tree and you die. If you have less grip in the rear, you ovesteer, you hit the tree ...
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What technical challenges prevent deployment of pure active suspensions?

To piggyback off what Hari Ganti says, it's not so much that the tech doesn't exist, but rather that it's not efficient enough (currently) to facilitate such investment. Basically, I would say, that ...
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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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How to demonstrate that rear shocks are failing?

You can perform moose test on a wide dry tarmac road. Car with failing rear shocks will tend to oversteer. EDIT: keep constant (low) speed and turn short sharp turns left and right (Virtual slalom). ...
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Replacing only one strut increase wear?

Yes, one side will likely wear out before the other. Typically shocks/struts are changed in pairs for this specific reason. Doing so maintains ride and drivability standards. According to Monroe ...
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Mounting new shocks/struts for 2002 Ford Focus SE

The pinch bolt is 90Nm and the upper strut mount nuts are 25Nm. As long as the strut isn't hitting the CV shaft it should be fine.
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Is the shock bolt kit a reliable repair kit? A prequel to the obituary

The product page for this item states it's a universal fit for the shock mount. It's stated for "Ford 2010-90, Mazda 1997-91". This would include your Ranger. With this in mind, even though you ...
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Is it safe to drive this car (pics; broken shock; negative camber)

Is it safe? Safe is relative, but you won't be going far in that car anyway - it's broken as broken can be. I assume you're getting the car towed to a garage for repairs. I'd suggest getting a pair ...
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Is it safe to drive this car (pics; broken shock; negative camber)

Not only is the shock broken but the upper suspension control arm has collapsed too. Driving the vehicle would likely cause further damage to the tyre, CV unit & possibly front differential/...
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How to Troubleshoot "Jumpy" Rear End

I rechecked the tire pressures, they were fine, so I raised the rear of the vehicle and did a visual inspection. I didn't see anything odd or out of place. I started tugging at things. First the anti-...
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what is a Shock Absorber's Tightening Torque?

As Mike said in the comments, shoot for somewhere in between. Set your torque wrench and forget it. As long as you are hitting a number in between the specifications, your car and shock absorber will ...
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Replacement of shocks

I've never heard of anyone replacing just one side. I would definitely think that it is a safety risk to have unbalanced shock absorbers.
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