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Rear Shock Absorber

Shock absorbers dampen the shock the suspension receives when the vehicle is driven over rough or uneven road surfaces.

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Vehicle may feel unsettled over bumps
  • Vehicle may continue to bounce more than normal after a bump has been encountered
  • Knocking noises
  • Oil leaking from shock
  • Worn or damaged shock bushings
  • Uneven tire wear

Related Repair Advice

  • Shock absorbers should be replaced in pairs, front and/or rear
  • Some shock absorbers also contain an air bladder, which can be used to adjust ride height either manually or automatically

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