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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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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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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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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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Driver side back of truck is seemingly bouncing too much.
Hi there. Check the suspension and the shock absorber and look for anything broken, leaking, or damaged. Replace the shock absorber is there is any dents or it is leaking oil out of it. A loose suspension component or a...
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While riding over a hump, there is a sound from the shock absorber 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Hello - shock absorber noises, both front and rear, is a fairly common complaint among Jeep owners, and for a few years now. Whether it is "normal" or acceptable is a subjective question, but if there is any fluid leaking...
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Car shake when going over small bumps.
The suspension could be loose or have a broken bushing causing the control arms to move around or the shock absorbers are worn and causing the tires to bounce violently at highway speeds. If you need further assistance with your...
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Which front shocks are best Mercedes W204 C200 Kompressor 2009 model with 130 000 kilometres odometer reading
You should use OEM (dealer supplied) parts in this vehicle. There is no substitute for the OEM parts in terms of fit, function and quality. Sachs shocks may be made in Germany. If they are made in Germany, they might...
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Used vehicle inspection, issues.
Check over the vehicle for all safety items on the chassis and cabin compartment. Make sure that the vehicle is safe to drive in any condition. I recommend that if you have to replace any suspension or steering components or...
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Whenever i touch my car -Just a little touch the whole car shake as if it will turn upside down.
Hello. It sounds like you have weak springs or struts. It is heard of for those to weaken and produce the concerns you speaketh of. Springs, shocks, or struts are suggested to be replaced every 50,000 miles. I suggest having...
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Do you reccomend replacing the rear self leveling air shocks with just standard gas shocks, or stick with the self leveling?
The rear coil springs that were installed on the vehicle in the load leveling versus non load leveling models are different (I checked the GM parts catalog to confirm). Inasmuch as the spring and the shock were matched for handling...
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Clunking noise front left tire on my way home tonight from work. Pulled over couldn't see anything hanging off.
Check the shock absorbers on the front and see if they are leaking. If they are leaking, then I recommend replacing the shock absorbers. When a shock absorber fails, the wheel will not stay in contact with the road as...
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Just want to know what it is.
The relay maybe for the horn or for the security system. Look at the relay and follow the wiring to determine what the relay operates. If you need further assistance with your electrical system, then seek out a professional, such...
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Does my 2008 Kia Sedona have shocks or struts?
Your Kia has struts in the front and shocks in the back. The original equipment part numbers for the struts are 546614D101 for the right hand side and 546514D101 for the left hand side. The part number for the rear...
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When I drive a speeds of 25 to 35 the car shakes but if I drive speeds faster than 40 it doesn't shake.
Check the tires for any cupping on the tread. If the tread is cupping, then I recommend replacing the shock absorbers. Also, I recommend having all 4 tires checked for balance and make sure that they are good. A bent...
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2008 Hyundai Tuscon. I just had my stabilizer bars replaced and now my car is bouncing when going 30 mph or faster.
Hi there. When your vehicle bounces, that is an indication that the shock absorbers are not working and allowing the coil springs to have many coil osculations. The stabilizer bars are designed to help the vehicle from leaning too far...

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