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.
- 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.