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Symptoms of Bad or Failing Air Shocks
If your car is riding less comfortably, nose dives when braking, or leans when turning, you may need to replace your air shocks.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Shock Absorber
Common signs include vibrations while driving, swerving or nose diving when braking, longer stopping time, uneven tire wear, and leaking fluid.
How Long Does a Shock Absorber Last?
Your car has a suspension system that provides dampening of shocks and jarring while driving on the road. The suspension also helps improve vehicle handling. There are many different types of suspension...
What Components of the Suspension or Steering Systems Are Prone to Fail?
In automotive usage, the term "suspension" refers to all of the parts that connect the vehicle to the road. Every car, truck, and utility vehicle has a suspension that is designed to do...
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Shock Absorbers
A shock absorber is a device inside your vehicle that is connected to the suspension. It is designed to absorb and dampen shocks while you are driving down the road. Shock absorbers work...
How to Buy a Good Quality Shock Absorber
Shock absorbers do exactly what the name says they do – they absorb the shock, or dampen the ride of your vehicle. Your car undergoes all manner of bouncing and shaking from...
How to Inspect Shock Absorbers
Proper shocks in your car can be the difference between a confident, enjoyable driving experience and a hard-to-handle, stressful one. The suspension in your car does more than just smooth out those...
What Causes Leakage in the Shock Absorbers?
Every car, truck, and utility vehicle sold today has at least one shock absorber (informally known as a shock) for each of its wheels. (Note that sometimes these shocks are called struts. A strut...
How to Replace Shock Absorbers
Your shocks, or shock absorbers, are a pivotal part of your vehicle's suspension. As suggested by their name, their purpose is not to absorb shock. They do so much...
Why Replacing a Strut Can Be Tricky
When fixing a car strut, the proper tools should be used. The whole unit should be replaced, including the shock absorber, spring, and camber block.
How to Replace a Shock Absorber
Replacing a shock absorber can take some work, as it requires lifting your vehicle and ensuring you are aligning the new shock correctly.
How Car Suspension Systems Work
On the surface it appears the suspension of a car has a pretty straightforward job. If the bumps end up being less bumpy then it’s all good, right? In reality, the suspension system...

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What Causes Shock Absorbers Or Struts To Leak Or Otherwise Fail?
Shock absorber/strut life depends on how and where the vehicle is driven. Original equipment shock absorbers/struts are carefully matched to the vehicle springs and bushings to provide the best ride comfort and control. As the ball joints, control arm bushings,...
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What Is a Strut?
A strut, also known as a MacPherson strut, named after Earle MacPherson, the engineer who developed this type of suspension, looks like a big tube-style shock absorber and uses the upper part of the strut as a steering pivot, instead...
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What Suspension Components Are Most Likely To Fail
The suspension on your vehicle was designed to give you the best combination of comfort, reliability, and performance. Depending on the manufacturer, the suspension can be fairly simple or it can be very complex. Your suspension can consist of a...
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Shock Absorbers with variable adjustment suspension. 2001 Lexus ES300
This is possible, however, I would definitely not recommend doing this since the electronic suspension is part of the vehicle ride control. If this is not properly hooked up and maintained, there is a good chance you will likely run...
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Driver side rear shock is leaking oil the set only has about 2500 miles on them? they are coil over shocks.
Hello. A shock is not always bad, but if you see some residue oil leaking from the shock then it may not be functioning fully. If you see a really wet and dripping shock, then it should be replaced. The...
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how to change 4 shock absorbers ?
This vehicle has front and rear struts on most models and can only be done using specialized equipment to compress the spring to get the strut apart. The vehicle would then need to be aligned. If you need some help...
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Suspension system on 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Shocks and struts perform the same job - to control the ride. They just have different designs for different suspension applications. Your vehicle has struts on the front suspension and shock absorbers on the rear suspension. Note that, depending on...
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wheel alignment
Hello, thanks for writing in. I will be happy to assist you with your concern about whether a wheel alignment must be performed after the installation of sway bar links in the front and shock absorbers in the rear of...
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The difference between gas sufficient tire and smooth ride tire
Yes, it really does. Because tires affect how your car rides, they are one of the main shock absorbers. They actually absorb more shock than your shock absorbers. Every time you bump the tire, they really act as shock absorbers,...
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The engine loses power after accident, warning lights on
The engine computer will need to be tested to see the codes received. There is a problem in the system that is causing the computer to go into failure mode and limit the throttle opening. Considering the fact that you...
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Bounces up and down over little bumps
Excessive bouncing is caused by worn out or leaking shocks and struts. Go to each corner of the vehicle and push down and let go of the car. It will bounce more than once then that shock or strut is...
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Horn/Chime will not sound when I activate alarm.
Hi there. Replacement of the struts should have no affect on the horn as there would have been no reason to remove any part of that system. First, does the horn work if you press the horn button? If so,...
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Could you help me out with the price of shock absorbers please? Cruze 2008.
Sent billing question to CS about pricing shock absorbers and having them installed.
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Damaged shock absorber - 2000 Isuzu
Hi, thanks for writing in. That is your steering stabilizer. This dampens any steering vibration, prevents your steering wheel from shaking while under normal driving conditions. If damaged you may lose steering all together. It is best to get this...
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Banging sound at slow speed at left rear wheel well area
Hi there. Raise up the vehicle and check all of the suspension, sway bar, ball joints, and the shock absorbers. Makes sure that everything is tight. If everything is tight, lower the vehicle and do a bounce test on the...
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Broken rear-end shock mounting bracket
The rear end will bounce more than what you are use to when the shock worked. You will need to have the bracket welded back on to the rear as soon as possible.
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hi, what can i change on my 2006 4runner to give it smoother ride on bumpy roads
There can be some gains in comfort by changing the tires to, for example, top rated tires as tested by Consumer Reports. The best thing to do is review Consumer Reports' tire ratings and recommendations for the particular tire type...
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Have a broken driver side rear main lift support shock, not the two regular left in the right lift supports. Can i replace that?
Hi there. If you are referring to the shock absorbers to the vehicle, then you can fix the brackets that support the shock to the vehicle without having a jack. If you are referring to the air bags that are...
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After Monroe struts installed and multiple alignments, vehicle pulls.
Hi there. When it comes to alignments, check the Caster and Camber to your vehicle. These two angles are pulling angles. Keep in mind, most shops will set the Caster to allow the vehicle to drift to the left to...

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