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Knowing when to replace shocks

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Chickenmunga, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Mar 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM
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    Chickenmunga

    Chickenmunga [OP] Nuggety

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    It may seem like a no-brainer for some of you, but I never knew how to look for worn out shocks beyond the 'bounce test' or general feel. Hopefully this helps some of you guys too.

    How to tell if shocks are worn out

    Scroll down to the pictures.
     
  2. Mar 16, 2011 at 12:23 AM
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    Celtic

    Celtic Tactical Trunk Monkey

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    Typically, oil loss is a good sign. Or do the bounce test. Use your whole weight and bounce each corner of your vehicle. It should only bounce 1-1.5 times. Anything more is excessive.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM
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    drifter

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    I found out by the oil that wasn't supposed to be there...think I'll read your link.
     
  4. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    drifter

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    I would probably be one of those people with tire seizures...haven't replaced the shocks yet.
     
  5. Mar 16, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    jst3751

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    I know there are a lot of variables involved, but aprox how long should stock shocks on an 08 (non-TRD) last? I have 46K miles and it seems like the front end is getting a little loose/bouncy on our "wonderful" Southern California Freeways.
     
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