Jeep Wrangler YJ Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Tips on Checking and Maintaining the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Maintaining the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) shock and strut assembly is not just about bringing your truck to the auto repair shop for its routine checkup. In fact, a large portion of maintaining the shocks and struts should fall largely on their owners. With proper care and use, these key components of your truck suspension should be able to provide optimum performance for a longer period and keep costly repairs to a minimum.
Shock and strut assembly maintenance may not be easy, but it's not that difficult either and requires tools that can be found in most garages. And to help you, here are some easy, yet effective tips on how to check and maintain the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) shock and strut assembly.
- Avoid using your shocks and struts beyond their intended applications.
The stock shocks and struts of a Jeep Wrangler are durable enough to withstand a drive through a rocky trail, but don't expect them to tackle an uphill trek through a mountain without getting damaged. If you are planning on using your truck in intense off-road conditions, consider getting heavy-duty shocks and other suspension components that are specially designed for such environments.
- Do the bounce test.
One of the easiest methods to determine if the shocks and struts in your truck are working as intended is through the "bounce test". Simply push down on either the front or the rear as hard as you can and quickly release. If the truck does not bounce when you remove your hands, the shocks and struts are still okay. But if there is a noticeable bounce once weight is removed, more than likely that the shocks or struts are not working properly.
- Spray the shocks with soapy water to check for air leaks.
Detecting air leaks in shocks and struts is not easy at first glance, but this can be made easy with a spray bottle filled with water and liquid dish soap. Spray the shocks and struts as well as the connecting lines or hoses thoroughly; if air bubbles seep from areas that have been sprayed, it's likely that it's caused by a leak.