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Have you ever gone on a cruise? When the ship encounters rough seas, getting nauseated is inevitable. Thus, you have to be ready before traveling at sea. However, if you feel nauseous while driving your car, well, it's time to go shopping for a new shock absorber. Shock absorbers are suspension components that are responsible for absorbing the impact of a vehicle's movements. Through the shocks, the vehicle's bounce cycle is cut short. If the car encounters a bump on the road, it will still bounce; however, the shocks will shorten its bounce so that the driver and passengers will hardly feel it. As long as the shocks are in excellent condition, there is no way that you and your passengers will get sick during the drive. What you will have is a smooth and relaxing ride even if you drive through bumps on the road. If you don't want to compromise your safety as well as comfort, you'd better find a premium replacement to your car's faulty shocks. Get your replacement shock absorber only here at Auto Parts Warehouse! Our products are crafted from topnotch materials and will surely provide long service life. Shop now and avail of great deals and affordable prices!

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Things to Consider when Buying a New Shock Absorber

It doesn’t have to feel like you’re in a roller coaster ride or driving through hills and mountains when driving your car. Once your ride gets too bumpy or bouncy, chances are the shock absorber of the vehicle is already busted. The shock acts as a damper. It dampens vehicle movements or impacts by evening out the springs’ rebound, especially when it encounters bumps or potholes, giving you a smoother, safer, and more comfortable ride. When it is already shot, shopping for a new one is your next task. Here are some things to consider when getting a new shock for your car or truck.

Types of shock absorber

Standard shock. This oil-filled shock doesn’t come with special features but can last for up to 100,000 miles. This is typically offered by OE manufacturers.

Gas shock. The gas shock is commonly used in smaller vehicles. Like the standard shock, this type also uses oil for cushion. But unlike other types, this is designed with pressurized nitrogen gas inside for keeping the shock cooler and the oil from thinning out or foaming.

Overload shock. Also known as the coil-over shock, this is usually found in off-road vehicles. Its shock cylinder has a coil spring fitted around it.

Heavy-duty shock. This type of shock is commonly used in trucks, vans, and passenger vehicles with larger loads. This comes with a larger diameter, reinforced attachment points, and bigger center shaft, designed for rugged use and for the extra load.

Automatic level control shock. The level control shock is usually used in luxury vehicles. It is equipped with an electrically operated air pump, which is activated (using sensors on the suspension) in case of added load or extra weight.

Air shock. This is an aftermarket shock absorber that is commonly installed on the rear of trucks and vans. It’s designed with an air inlet for pressurizing the shock with air and for pumping it up to raise the vehicle. But unlike the level control shock, this must be inflated.

Some tips

  • Be familiar with the type of shock absorber used in your vehicle. Choose a high-quality replacement that’s specifically designed for the suspension system of your auto, matching its requirements and specs.
  • If you want better shock absorption or improved suspension, consider getting aftermarket shock absorbers designed with better features. But if you’re simply looking to restore the condition and function of factory-installed shocks, stick to high-quality OEM/OE options.
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How to Replace the Shock Absorber of Your Vehicle

Whenever you encounter bumps, potholes, and uneven spots on the road, it wouldn’t have to feel like you’re riding a pogo stick. After all, shock absorbers are there to dampen the impact or at least absorb the energy from the up-down motions of the vehicle. Once the ride gets uncomfortably bumpy, it’s probably time to have a worn-out shock absorber replaced. Here are the steps:

Note: This is a general installation guide. It doesn’t cover all makes and models. For the specifics, you may want to consult an owner’s manual for further details. For suspension systems that use coil-over struts, replacement of the shock absorber is best handled by professionals since this type of suspension is more complex.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:

  • Wheel blocks
  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Ratchet and socket
  • Box end wrench
  • Hammer

Step 1: Block the wheels before you undo the lug nuts until they’re loose. Don’t remove these yet. Just loosen them.

Step 2: Jack up the vehicle and place the stands underneath to support it. Use a floor jack for lifting the rear axle, and then place the jack beneath the lower shock mount. The jack stand should be near the rear wheel, 3/4-highest adjustable position. Do the same thing on the other side until the whole rear axle is raised.

Step 3: Crawl underneath the vehicle to remove the upper shock retaining bolts. Use a ratchet and socket for removing these bolts.

Step 4: Undo the bottom shock bolt. Use a box end wrench for holding the bolt head and a ratchet socket for loosening the nut. You may have to tap the bolt with a hammer to set it free. Turn this with a wrench.

Step 5: Fit in the new shock absorber. As you put it in, start with upper bolts and washers. You have to pull out the shock retainers so that the shock will expand. Slight compression will help with lining it up with the bottom bolt. Once everything is in place, the bolt can be sealed with the nut. Tighten this properly.

Step 6: Do the same thing on the vehicle’s other side.

Step 7: Lower the vehicle using the jack. Remove the blocks and stands. Do a test drive to check if the installation is done properly or if some adjustments are needed.

Tips

  • Replace the shock absorber on each side for more even shock absorption performance.
  • Use the new hardware, bushings, and locknuts even if the old components or hardware still seem okay.