Ford Explorer Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Three Ford Explorer Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly Maintenance Tips Every Owner Should Know
The shock and strut assembly of your Ford Explorer is one of the parts of your vehicle that requires constant maintenance. Suspension checkups are usually be done by a mechanic, but there are ways for you to ensure the shocks or struts of your ride are in good condition. Below are some tips on how to conduct maintenance of the Ford Explorer shock absorber and strut assembly:
- Do a "bounce" test.
One of the simple ways to determine the condition of the shock or strut is by conducting a "bounce" test. The test involves placing the weight of your body on one end of the vehicle—typically by pushing against the hood or trunk with your hands—and quickly releasing the weight. If the shocks or struts are in good condition, the vehicle should bounce once at stiff and steady rate. But if the vehicle bounces several times in quick succession, the shocks or struts are no longer absorbing energy properly.
- Be wary of any rattling sounds, especially when driving through uneven terrain.
If you hear your car's suspension rattling or clanking, look under the car and check for loose mounting bolts and worn bushings. The struts and shocks need firm mounting in order to absorb vibrations properly, so any loose or worn bolts and bushings definitely spell trouble. Tightening the bolts to their recommended torque and replacing any worn bushings usually solve this problem, but if the damaged bushings are integrated to the shock or strut, you will need to replace the entire assembly.
- Replace the shocks and struts in pairs.
If the worst-case scenario happens and one of the shocks or struts is beyond repair, it is recommended to also replace its counterpart on the other side of the vehicle. Even if the shock or strut next to the worn one is still in good operating condition, it is not likely to perform at the same level as a brand new shock or strut, resulting in less-than-ideal suspension performance. So if one of the struts or shocks fails, you should consider buying a pair as replacement. Some OEM manufacturers even recommend replacing the shocks and struts on all sides of the car when replacing the damaged parts with OEM-grade units.