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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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Will shocks from pre runner fit on sport?
The Sport package includes a different suspension package from the factory. Assuming you are working with shocks from the same year Tacoma, these should fit your truck. The Sport model typically comes with heavier duty shocks and is usually a...
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Pretty bumpy ride - are struts and shocks the same?
Hello. A bumpy ride can be caused by a wide variety of issues. Shocks and struts are two different names for the same suspension component, the shock absorber. Shocks usually have a built in mount for coil springs, while struts...
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How do you determine when it is time to replace the rear shocks?
Hi there. As a former Lexus master technician I used the leak criteria guide provided by Lexus for the technicians to determine when to replace the shocks and struts. The guide had levels ranging from 1 (no leak) to 5...
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my coil spring is corroded and i want to buy the part but I can't identify the exact name of the part i know its a coil spring
You should get the new coil spring with the coil spring insulators. I would recommend replacing the front shocks and sway bar links with bushings at the same time.
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Can I replace suspension springs to soften ride?
Hi, thanks for writing in. You may want to check into the different Sena-Trac rear shocks for the vehicle. The shocks may soften the ride. These vehicles are known for a harsh ride and these shocks may help. If you...
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Shocks
As long as the shock fits without hitting any components you should have no problems.
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I need to know if the springs on my poli classic needs fixing please
Hello there, vibrations and bumps felt through your 2007 Volkswagen are common as the vehicle ages. By replacing the struts you are off to a good start. There are a few other things to consider, a broken or worn spring,...
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Rear end noise when going over bumps
You will need to replace the rear stabilizer bar, bushings and brackets using a new design part number from Mazda using kit part number B3Y0-28--10X. This is a new design that will fix the noise you are having. The part...
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Is it Shocks to Struts?
Your Corolla has struts in the front and rear. Creaking sounds can be because of any number of suspension links - sway bar links, control arm bushings, spring seats with worn out runner liners. Finding these sounds can be an...
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Periodically vibrating steering wheel at interstate speeds
Vibration at that speed is often related to the tires. It could be that one or more of the tires are out-of-balance, or that they have worn unevenly and now have a bad pattern worn into them. Vibration can also...
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Crunching in the rear passenger when hitting bumps.
The main risk you are taking is when you are going over rough roads or random bumps on the road, your car can become unstable when you hit these bumps with a frozen shock. Under certain conditions, your car can...
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When accelerating from stop, rear end hops.
Hi there. Check the suspension and shocks on the rear of the vehicle. If the suspension is loose or the shocks are worn, then the axle will move around or bounce and keep the tires from being in contact with...
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Looking to upgrade shocks.
In most cases, a body lift should not affect the size of the shock needed. A suspension lift on the other hand will change the mounting locations for the shocks, and therefore, a different sized shock would be necessary, due...
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Shock absorbers
Gas charged struts and shocks will extend by themselves and hold extended pressure as long as the strut or shock is good and holding pressure. You should be able to push in the shock or strut with some applied pressure....
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ABS light comes on sporadically and the right rear suspension shock absorber is leaking.
Hello. Best first step would be to get an ABS scanner hooked up and extract the problem codes from the ABS system. This may be as simple as a malfunctioning wheel speed sensor. In N. America, this model (badged as...
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Will 2006 Explorer rear struts fit in a 2003 Explorer?
Hi there - no, not according to parts interchange charts. There was a model revision between 2005 and 2006, and the rear shocks changed over that revision. Shocks from a 2002-2005 Explorer should interchange properly.
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The car vibrates when engine running (idling).
Hi there. The engine and transmission mounts need to be replaced. The mounts keep the vehicle from vibrating when the engine is running and is most likely felt at idle. The shocks will no contribute to the vibration as the...
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i have rear shocks that need replaced, I have the shocks. Do you come to house to replace or do I bring it to a shop?
YourMechanic is 100% mobile. The certified mechanic will come right to your location. You are welcome to buy your own parts and book a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to install those parts or perform associated repairs. When reviewing your quote...
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getting a constant knocking noise when the ride is bumpy
If the struts are not securely attached to the strut mount that is bolted to the top of the spring tower, and/or bearing plate is loose, that can cause knocking noises. In addition, loose sway bar linkages, ball joints, tie...

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