How to Check Shock Absorbers

How to Check Shock Absorbers

While driving, you may feel that your car rides smoothly over bumps or holes in the road. This is because shocks absorb some of these jolts while transferring them into smaller movements for a smoother ride. Shock absorbers should be working well at all times but it’s important to periodically take steps to ensure proper function.

It would be wise to inspect them every six months or so and replace them as necessary since damaged parts can lead to unsafe driving conditions such as wheel shimmy, bump steer, poor turning radius and being prone to bottoming out when taking curves too fast. Here’s what to do when you need to check them. Find a smooth, level and paved surface that will allow for safe driving without the risk of damage from going off road or hard bumps.

  • You can identify if there is a problem just by observing the carrier. On a bare floor, the two sides of the car will be of the same distance from the surface. You can also measure the height if not getting a satisfying result.
  • Another way of checking the shocks is to push the front of cars to the surface. Put good pressure on the bumper (careful! don’t leave a dent) and then get behind a few steps to observe. If in good condition, the vehicle will move quickly over the pressure and return to the standard form. But if it comes back to the original position slowly and with a few bounces, then there might be a problem. 
  • And lastly, you can check the shocks physically when a feeling of uncertainty comes to mind that the shocks are not working to their full potential. You can open the shocks to inspect. Worn Shocks do not work correctly on the road.
  • In this case, it’s better to take the car to the garage for a professional look because leaking oil is not a good sign, whether it is shocks or something else.
  • Drive over any large potholes at slow speeds with your eyes on the vehicle’s movement in relation to what’s happening under it. You should notice one side dipping down while the other goes up as well as back end wobbling slightly due to shocks absorbing some of these impacts. If this does not happen then there is a possible problem with shock absorbers and they may be damaged or leaking fluid internally causing poor performance which can lead to unsafe conditions such as wheel shimmy, bump steer, poor turning radius and being prone to bottoming out when taking curves too fast.

  • If the vehicle seems to be operating normally, then you are safe to continue driving without any worries for now!

How to Determine Shock Absorber Length?

Buying the size that matches the carrier is very important. Be sure to read your manuscript. You need to order specific in case the vehicle not having built-in shocks. The length varies because the cars are being modified to our comfort as it is raised or lowered.

Generally, the length depends on the extension and contraction. To have pinpoint accuracy, it is measured from mount to mount. To measure the total length, expand it to the highest possible width and take measurements. To get the contracted period, compress it and take measurements. With both sizes available, it will be a piece of cake to find the perfect shock absorber.

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

Dampers don’t have a specific time frame. There are variables they depend on like road conditions, car conditions, etc. Generally, a shock goes on to have a lifespan of 5 years. It can be increased if you drive carefully and cut short to 3-4 years if the pavements are cracked and uneven. If you want to calculate the life cycle in terms of distance covered, it would probably be 40000-50000 miles.

Conclusion

Now that we know how to check shock absorbers and what symptoms may indicate a problem with them it’s time for us as drivers take responsibility in our own hands by periodically inspecting them or asking your local mechanic because they can do a more thorough inspection than you would ever be able to on your own while also checking other important factors such as brake fluid levels and tire pressure which will all help keep everything running smoothly at all times, especially during the rainy seasons where conditions might not always be perfect but shocks still need working effectively so there is less chance of accidents happening due to poor driving conditions.

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