GMC Sierra 1500 Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Tips to Keep Your GMC Sierra 1500 Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly Clean and Protected
Your GMC Sierra 1500 shock absorber and strut assembly keeps the tires of your ride steady on the road, while preventing it from moving uncontrollably when you make a turn. The assembly also handles the impacts caused by bumps or holes that you may encounter while driving. Thus, you must keep your shock absorber and strut assembly in good condition to avoid compromising the safety of your vehicle. Here are some tips you can follow:
- Inspect your shock absorber and strut assembly to see any area that needs attention.
You must have an inspection of your shock absorber and struts by the time they reach 12,000 miles. This is because their performance decreases as they are used further. Moreover, there can be an internal leakage because of worn out piston seals that can also affect their efficiency. Your shock absorber and struts must be examined without any jacks that support them, so you can do the bounce test at least once a year. This involves pushing down and quickly releasing each corner of your vehicle, so you can see if the assembly is still in good condition.
- Use the appropriate lubricant to keep the components functioning properly.
Your shock absorber and strut assembly must be kept lubricated to keep their smooth functioning. For this matter, you must have a good access to the components by removing the wheel if necessary. You can use an aerosol can of oil that must be sprayed on the rear turn plate, bearings, and bushings of your struts. For the nearer areas, you can use a syringe filled with oil. On the other hand, you can use a wheel bearing grease or a gear oil for the rubber grommet, bushings, and the stud mount of your shock absorber. The lubricant that you will use can help to prevent the components from squealing.
- Remove rust from your shock absorber and strut assembly with the proper materials.
Rust can also be a problem for the proper functioning of your shock absorber and strut assembly. If the bolts of your shock absorber are rusted, you must remove them immediately. You can use a propane torch to loosen up the rust deposits that caused the bolts to be over tightened. And if your strut tower is rusted, you can use a metal brush for scrubbing. Moreover, you can use an anti-rust spray to prevent further corrosive substances from accumulating and penetrating through the components.