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how to tell if shocks are bad?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tecton, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    ride feels a bit bumpy at different speeds

    mabye time for newbies?
     
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    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    When you hit a bump and are still bouncing from it 1/4 mile down the road, you've got bad/worn-out shocks.
     
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    4xcrazy 3/4 ton status

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    If i'm suspecting a bad shock, i usually will remove the lower bolt of the shock and see if it compresses way too easy, i have had a bad/broken shock on the front once, and it did not do this bouncin down the road thing as previously mentioned, it just felt like the truck would bounce in a weird manner when a big bump was hit, basically like one side was too soft or something.
    That is the best way so that i have found how to check out the shocks, doesn't take much time, just need the motivation to work on it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  4. shane74

    shane74 1/2 ton status

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    Here is a wierd trick, but it works...

    Rub chalk all over the surface of your tire and take it for a short drive If your shock is bad, you'll see a "skipping" pattern in the chalk. If it's good, it'll all be gone.

    I know..wierd..but it works..
     
  5. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    another thing you can do is jump on the corner that you think is bad and if it bounces to much (more than twice) that corner is bad /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    another thing you can do is jump on the corner that you think is bad and if it bounces to much (more than twice) that corner is bad /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

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    Ya see, /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gifthis didn't work on my ride, as the lifted spring were too stiff to be able to tell this about the shock. /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    If it feels like you are on a 15' aluminum boat in the middle of the pacific every time you go over a bump than you need new shocks. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     

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