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.
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.
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.
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.