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What's this build-up on my shock absorber?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by seraphson, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Feb 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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    seraphson

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    Hello all,

    Check this picture I took.

    http://twitpic.com/8j17eb

    The left shock is my passenger side and the right is driver side (for comparison). Notice all that gunk on the passenger side one? What's up with that? Did it blow? Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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    Looks like you have indeed blown a shock. Unless you have driven through or accidentally gotten oil on the shock body there is no reason dirt should stick to it like that.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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    Shock oil.. going to have to do something about a replacement
     
  4. Feb 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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    Thanks for the confirmation. I did notice that the front end has been a little extra "rattly" lately too. Since I'm replacing that should I just go about doing all 4? I've heard bilsteins are the ones to get, but is that mostly for the off road guys? Most I do is ship around my quad and drive to work.
     
  5. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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    i dont see anything that looks like oil just dirt buildup. more puddles on passenger side of the road? take it off and clean it up and see how it works first.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    That is indeed a blown shock. Oil seeps out, accumulates dirt, more oil, more dirt, etc. until it is covered by a thick oily coating of dirt.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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    Yeah but is it oily? I see plenty of dirt, but not necessarily any oily residue showing through. You'd think there'd be at least a few oil spots spattered about on the shock body etc. Going with what Fixer said, I'd scrape some of it off, and see what the consistency is. If it seems pretty dry (like mud cake) then maybe it's not the shock at all.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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    That looks like the shocks on my old car it had two blown shocks and when I would go over a bump you could here them clunking
     
  9. Feb 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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    Yeah, but there is no real crud buildup anywhere in the area except the shock body. I suppose you could make the argument for a "magic sploochie" from a mud puddle that targeted just the lower shock body but you'd have to be the Warren Commission to make that argument.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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    I magically sploochie all the time. Mom says I'm still growing into my big boy body.
     
  11. Feb 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    Judging by the consistency in the photo, I don't know you can argh that it is not a blown shock. It's black, goupy and only on one side.
     
  12. Feb 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM
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    11 posts about a muddy shock geez rinse it off already !!
     
  13. Feb 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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    Yeah, that will work. Wax it while you're at it, that way if there's any oil left in the shock it won't damage the paint on the tube.
     
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    That is what I am voting for.
     
  15. Feb 13, 2012 at 1:05 AM
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    touch it and pinch a bit off if it's oily then you blew a shock, if it's not then it could be dirt build up.
     
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  17. Feb 13, 2012 at 6:33 AM
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    just get a set of 5100's, great upgrade to the stock shocks and you can level your truck at the same time if you wish. ;)
     
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