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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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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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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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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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Shocks/struts
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Why are my strut mounts failing
The shoulder on aftermarket struts at the top of the piston is sometimes designed such that you have to put a washer or washers underneath the strut retaining nut in order to properly tighten the piston to the mount. Also,...
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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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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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My 2001 ford expedition has been shaking over 65 mph ive changed the ball joints inner and outer ties rod ends brakes and rotor hu
The shocks may be worn out and when you get to the higher speeds there is a normal tire vibration from road surface and the shocks should keep the tires in contact with the road. Have shocks replaced if they...
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Can I get front struts for 2013 Kia optima 2.0 turbo somewhere other than dealership?
Front struts on this vehicle are only available from the dealer. Rear shocks are available as aftermarket parts but I recommend you buy the rear shocks from the dealer as well. Although this may seem disappointing, and the cost is...

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