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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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When do I replace my struts/shocks? They've never been replaced.
The suspension should be inspected at every regular service. You should only replace the struts and shocks if it's necessary. There is no set scheduled interval to replace them. They usually last 6 to 10 years in your case they...
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Does my 02 civic have shocks or struts or both?
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2002 Honda Civic. Your car has struts all the way around. There are pros and cons to lowering your vehicle. Make sure that you consider everything before moving forward with this modification!...
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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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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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Q: Shocks
As long as the shock fits without hitting any components you should have no problems.
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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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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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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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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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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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Is if safe to buy front strut replacemnts form an Autozone for my 2004 Nissan Altima?
Hello Bonnie, thank you for writing in. It is impossible to tell you if the repair is worth that price. Pricing will vary greatly overall depending on the amount of shops in the area and the expertise of the technicians....
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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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Shock mount bushing replacement
Generally, if a bushing is captured within a spring assembly, then yes the spring has to be compressed, the top nut removed and the part replaced. However, I would need to know the exact model to let you know if...
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Can a shocks or struts that fits the 2003 Lincoln Navigator also fits the 2003 Lincoln Aviator?
Hello - no, the Navigator is built on the very large SUV platform build by Ford (Expedition), whereas the Aviator is built on the Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer platform. If you are having problems with finding shocks and struts for your...
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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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Rear shock creaks when turning steering wheel.
If the shock has worn out bushings or the U bracket was overtightened it may be hitting metal to metal and U bracket is rubbing metal of shock. Check bracket and shock bushings.
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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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shakes really bad when driving
Hello. I suggest you have steering and suspension evaluation done on your vehicle. The shaking you are describing is likely coming from a control arm bushing, or shocks and struts. A technician should be able to pinpoint which component it's...

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