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Chevrolet Camaro Shocks

Troubleshooting Common Chevrolet Camaro Shocks

The heart of the Chevrolet Camaro's suspension system is the shock absorber, so if any of the shocks of your Camaro breaks down, it will certainly affect your driving experience. Typically, shock absorbers can last as long as 50,000 miles on the road before needing replacement, but harsh driving conditions as well as a variety of other factors can cause the shocks to break down more quickly. In this guide, we'll enumerate the common problems of Chevrolet Camaro shocks and some troubleshooting tips:

Clunking or squeaking sounds

If you hear a metallic clunking noise when going over bumps, it's probably coming from the bushings in the upper and lower control arms. These bushings, which cushion the stress in the control arm joints, may have worn out or disintegrated to the point that the bare metal of the control arms are exposed and are banging each other. On the other hand, if you hear a squeaking noise accompanied by excessive bouncing, it's likely due to shocks that are no longer capable of controlling the travel of the spring. In which case, these shocks need to be replaced to restore smooth handling and control of the vehicle.

Rough driving

Another evident sign of a worn-out shock is the feeling of the car being struck from below every time it passes through bumps and other irregularities on the road. Once a shock breaks down, it rests in the closed stage unless the wheel height suddenly changes (such as when going over bumps or potholes). When this occurs, the shock opens and slams close, followed by a loud impact noise and a jarring sensation that reverberates throughout the vehicle chassis. If you experience this with your Camaro, have the shocks checked and replaced if necessary; leaving such severely worn shocks on a vehicle will also damage the springs and other suspension components and put extreme stress on the rest of the car.

Whistling noises

If there is a metallic whistling or grinding sound coming from the lower suspension of the Camaro, it may indicate that the rear wheel bearings are worn out and are in need of replacement.

Leaks

Once the shocks start leaking brown oily fluid, it means the seals that keep the hydraulic fluid inside the shock have failed and need to be replaced. If the leak is left unattended, the shock may be heavily covered in grime due to dirt sticking to the hydraulic fluid.

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  • Simple Chevrolet Camaro Shocks Maintenance Tips 04 March 2014

    Because they are constantly exposed to extreme heat and stress on the road, it shouldn't be surprising that the shock absorbers in your Chevrolet Camaro will wear out eventually. On average, the lifespan of a shock absorber is 31,000 miles, although this can be lengthened or shortened depending on how the shocks are used and taken care. So if you want to make the most out of your Chevrolet Camaro shocks, here are some maintenance tips to follow:

    • Visually inspect the shocks regularly.
    • Ideally, the shocks should be checked at least once every 12,500 miles. Some of the things you need to look for include broken upper or lower bushings, damaged shock tube or dust cover, bent or dented tubes, and seizing (i.e. the shock has locked in a collapsed position). Other signs of potential shock absorber failure include uneven tyre wear and balance, excess vibration, and uneven springs.
    • Press down on the bumper.
    • Another method of checking for signs of worn out shocks is by pressing down on one corner the bumper with your body weight and then letting go. If the shocks are working properly, the bumper should drop down and return in place without rebounding. However, if the bumper moves up and down continuously, the shock may already be worn out. Do the same procedure on the remaining three corners of your Camaro.
    • Check if it's hot enough.
    • Drive the car at moderate speeds for about 15 minutes and touch each shock absorber on its body below the dust cover. Next, touch the nearby part of the chassis to establish a reference ambient temperature. If working correctly, the shocks should be much warmer than the chassis. However, if the shock absorber is significantly cooler than the chassis, it could be a sign that the shock is not working properly and needs to be replaced.
    • Don't drive aggressively.
    • While it can be tempting to do so especially if you're getting late for a meeting, driving aggressively can put unnecessary wear and tear on the shock and other parts of your Camaro. So while it may seem out of place for a muscle car, try to drive as gently as possible. This includes accelerating gently from stop signs and traffic lights, avoiding sudden braking and completing smooth turns. Not only will this give your Chevrolet Camaro shocks a couple more years of use, you'll get to save on gas as well.