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OE Replacement Rear, Driver or Passenger Side Shock Absorber - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$22.19
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Rear, Driver Or Passenger SideType : Shock AbsorberDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 11.33 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 16.85 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 5.52 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 52610S9VA01, 52610S3V305Interchange Part Number : 344353, 52610S9VA01, 52610S3V305, 37218, 69909Lower Mount Style : Loop Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Loop Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Rear, Driver and Passenger Side Shock Absorber - Set of 2
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$42.16
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Base 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Touring 6 Cyl 3.5L
Product Details
Location : Rear, Driver And Passenger SideComponents : (2) Shock AbsorbersType : Shock AbsorberDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Set of 2Recommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 11.33 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 16.85 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 5.52 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 52610S9VA01, 52610S3V305Interchange Part Number : 344353, 52610S9VA01, 52610S3V305, 37218, 69909Lower Mount Style : Loop Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Loop Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Front, Passenger Side Loaded Strut - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$94.59
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Front, Passenger SideType : Loaded StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 14.48 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 21.69 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 7.21 in. Damper TravelBody Length : 14.21 in. Body LengthDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51605S9VA02Interchange Part Number : G57120, 51605S9VA02, SR4168, 171451Lower Mount Style : U-bracket Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stud plate Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Front, Driver Side Loaded Strut - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$99.59
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Front, Driver SideType : Loaded StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 14.48 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 21.69 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 7.21 in. Damper TravelBody Length : 14.21 in. Body LengthDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51606S9VA02Interchange Part Number : G57119, 51606S9VA02, SR4169, 171452Lower Mount Style : U-bracket Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stud plate Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Front and Rear, Driver and Passenger Side Shocks and struts - Set of 4
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$226.63
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Base 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Touring 6 Cyl 3.5L
Product Details
Location : Front And Rear, Driver And Passenger SideNotes : With Boot kits and jounce bumpers, strut mount bearing plates, upper and lower isolators, struts, coil springs, upper spring seatsComponents : (2) Loaded Struts, and (2) Shock AbsorbersType : Shocks and strutsDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Set of 4Recommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : Front - 14.48 in.; Rear - 11.33 in. Collapsed LengthDamper Travel : Front - 7.21 in.; Rear - 5.52 in. Damper TravelBody Length : Front - 14.21 in.Damping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51606S9VA02, 51605S9VA02, 52610S9VA01, 52610S3V305Interchange Part Number : G57119, 51606S9VA02, SR4169, 171452, G57120, 51605S9VA02, SR4168, 171451, 344353, 52610S9VA01, 52610S3V305, 37218, 69909Lower Mount Style : Front - U-Bracket; Rear - Loop Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Front - Stud plate; Rear - Loop Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Front, Driver and Passenger Side Loaded Strut - Set of 2
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$184.47
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Base 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Touring 6 Cyl 3.5L
Product Details
Location : Front, Driver And Passenger SideNotes : Boot kits, jounce bumpers, strut mount bearing plates, upper isolators, upper and lower spring seats, struts, and coil springsComponents : (2) Loaded StrutsType : Loaded StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Set of 2Recommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 14.48 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 21.69 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 7.21 in. Damper TravelBody Length : 14.21 in.Damping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51606S9VA02, 51605S9VA02Interchange Part Number : G57119, 51606S9VA02, SR4169, 171452, G57120, 51605S9VA02, SR4168, 171451Lower Mount Style : U-bracket Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stud plate Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
Replacement Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly, Ball Joint, Tie Rod End and Sway Bar Link Kit
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$254.47
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Base 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Touring 6 Cyl 3.5L
Product Details
Location : Front, Driver And Passenger SideComponents : (2) Ball Joints, (2) Loaded Struts, (2) Sway Bar Links, and (2) Tie Rod EndsType : Loaded StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Set of 8Recommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 14.48 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 21.69 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 7.21 in. Damper TravelBody Length : 14.21 in. Body LengthDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51605S9VA02, 51606S9VA02, 53560S3VA02, 53540S3VA02Interchange Part Number : G57120, 51605S9VA02, SR4168, 171451, G57119, 51606S9VA02, SR4169, 171452, K80281, MK90349, MES3717, 53560S3VA02, MES3716, 53540S3VA02Lower Mount Style : U-bracket Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stud plate Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : Yes
Replacement Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly and Sway Bar Link Kit
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$213.81
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Base 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2001 - 2002 Acura MDX Touring 6 Cyl 3.5L
Product Details
Location : Front, Driver And Passenger SideComponents : (2) Loaded Struts, and (2) Sway Bar LinksType : Loaded StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Set of 4Recommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 14.48 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 21.69 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 7.21 in. Damper TravelBody Length : 14.21 in. Body LengthDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51606S9VA02, 51605S9VA02Interchange Part Number : G57119, 51606S9VA02, SR4169, 171452, G57120, 51605S9VA02, SR4168, 171451, MK90349Lower Mount Style : U-bracket Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stud plate Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : Yes
OE Replacement Front, Passenger Side Strut - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$45.80
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2007 - 2009 Acura RDX Base 4 Cyl 2.3L
  • 2010 - 2012 Acura RDX All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Front, Passenger SideType : StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 12.59 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 20.39 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 7.8 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51605STKA01, 51605SWAA21Interchange Part Number : 339261, 51605STKA01, 51605SWAA21, 72491, G52188Lower Mount Style : U-bracket Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stem Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Front, Driver or Passenger Side Strut - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$26.81
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2005 - 2008 Acura RL Base 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2008 Acura RL Elite 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2009 - 2012 Acura RL Base 6 Cyl 3.7L
Product Details
Location : Front, Driver Or Passenger SideType : StrutDesign : Twin-tubeCondition : NewQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 17.08 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 20.35 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 3.27 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51605SJAA52Interchange Part Number : 340056, G51911, 51605SJAA52, 51605SJAA61Lower Mount Style : Special construction Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stem Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Front, Driver and Passenger Side Strut - Set of 2
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$50.94
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2005 - 2008 Acura RL Base 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2008 Acura RL Elite 6 Cyl 3.5L
  • 2009 - 2012 Acura RL Base 6 Cyl 3.7L
Product Details
Location : Front, Driver And Passenger SideComponents : (2) StrutsType : StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Set of 2Recommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 17.08 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 20.35 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 3.27 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51605SJAA52Interchange Part Number : 340056, G51911, 51605SJAA52, 51605SJAA61Lower Mount Style : Special construction Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stem Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Rear, Driver or Passenger Side Shock Absorber - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$31.92
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2007 - 2013 Acura MDX All Submodels All Engines
  • 2010 - 2013 Acura ZDX Base 6 Cyl 3.7L
Product Details
Location : Rear, Driver Or Passenger SideType : Shock AbsorberDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 14.97 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 21.51 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 6.54 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 52610STXA02, 52610STXA04Interchange Part Number : 349025, 52610STXA02, 52610STXA04, 37309, G64080Lower Mount Style : Loop Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Loop Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Rear, Driver and Passenger Side Shock Absorber - Set of 2
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$60.65
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2007 - 2013 Acura MDX Base 6 Cyl 3.7L
Product Details
Location : Rear, Driver And Passenger SideComponents : (2) Shock AbsorbersType : Shock AbsorberDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Set of 2Recommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 14.97 in. Collapsed LengthDamper Travel : 6.54 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 52610STXA02, 52610STXA04Interchange Part Number : 349025, 52610STXA02, 52610STXA04, 37309, G64080Lower Mount Style : Loop Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Loop Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Front, Passenger Side Strut - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$30.90
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2009 - 2012 Acura TSX All Submodels All Engines
  • 2011 - 2014 Acura TSX Base All Engines
  • 2011 - 2014 Acura TSX V6 All Engines
  • 2013 - 2014 Acura TSX Premium All Engines
  • 2013 - 2014 Acura TSX Special Edition All Engines
  • 2013 - 2014 Acura TSX Tech All Engines
  • 2013 - 2014 Acura TSX V6 Tech All Engines
Product Details
Location : Front, Passenger SideType : StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 15.43 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 17.85 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 2.42 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 51611TL7A01, 51611TL2A01Interchange Part Number : 340047, 72770, 51611TL7A01, 51611TL2A01, 51621TL7A01, 51621TP1A01Lower Mount Style : Special construction Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stem Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
OE Replacement Rear, Driver or Passenger Side Strut - Sold individually
Vehicle Info Required to Guarantee Fit
$34.68
Vehicle Fitment
  • 2009 Acura TSX All Submodels All Engines
  • 2009 - 2014 Acura TL All Submodels All Engines
Product Details
Location : Rear, Driver Or Passenger SideType : StrutDesign : Twin-tubeQuantity Sold : Sold individuallyRecommended Use : OE ReplacementColor/Finish : BlackProduct Fit : Direct FitCollapsed Length : 16.33 in. Collapsed LengthExtended Length : 22.83 in. Extended LengthDamper Travel : 6.5 in. Damper TravelDamping Type : Non-AdjustableReplaces OE Number : 52611TK4A02, 52611T2AA03Interchange Part Number : 72692, 340049, G51919, 52611TK4A02, 52611T2AA03, 52611TK5A03, 52611TL2A01, 52611TL7A01, 52611TP1A01Lower Mount Style : Clevis/Fork Lower Mount StyleUpper Mount Style : Stem Upper Mount StyleWarranty : 1-year unlimited-mileage warrantyGas Charged : YesProp 65 Warning : <p><b><img src="https://cld.partsimg.com/image/upload/images/warning_a.jpg" alt="Warning Symbol" width="28" height="22" />WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to <a href="https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov">www.P65Warnings.ca.gov</a>.</b></p>
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Acura Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly Customer Reviews

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Acura Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly Articles

If the wheels of your Acura were not on the road all the time, the vehicle would be very hard to control. Keeping the wheels in contact with the pavement is the job of the suspension system, and the Acura shocks play an important role in that system. When the vehicle hits a bump, the suspension system applies pressure in the opposite direction, and the springs play the biggest role in this action. The springs, however, tend to keep moving, but the job of the Acura shocks is to slow the springs down. They do this by compressing hydraulic oil, and transforming the energy of the moving suspension into heat energy. When the oil in the Acura shocks is compressed, the molecules are forced close together, and the friction between them exits as heat. When the two chambers of oil go through the alternating compression process, and finally equalize in pressure, the motion of the suspension is stopped. There are several reasons to replace the Acura shocks in your vehicle. If yours have failed, you can find stock-style replacements in our online catalog, for a great price. If you have a custom vehicle, and would like to upgrade your Acura shocks, we will also carry custom versions for many vehicles. For a stiffer ride, Acura shocks with more resistance to motion can provide better cornering ability and better control at high speeds. For vehicles with custom ride heights, we have longer and shorter versions as well. They are all made to high quality standards and come with a full warranty. Any of our Acura shocks can be ordered with a quick, toll-free phone call, or through our secure online ordering system.

Acura Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly: Diagnostic and Troubleshooting Tips

The shock and strut assembly fills in a huge role in keeping the ride as smooth as possible. As an essential part of the suspension system, keeping the shocks and struts in great shape is crucial for vehicle control. When these wear out after some time, the failure can lead to compromising situations on the road. This will affect vehicle stability and driver control as well as braking performance-the vehicle can have a longer stopping distance. To figure out if your Acura shock absorber and strut assembly is wearing out, check out these diagnostic hints and some troubleshooting tips:

Excessive bouncing

When driving over a bump or rough patches of the road, the shock and strut assembly should prevent extremely bumpy drives. It helps dampen the impact from the road, keeping the vehicle from bouncing excessively. If the ride becomes bouncier or bumpier than usual, this is a sign that the assembly is failing. You should be checking on your shocks/struts.

Nose dives and rear end squats

The shocks and struts help maintain vehicle control by keeping the car steady as it brakes, accelerates, and turns. If the front end of the vehicle dives when you hit the brakes, this can be an indication of shock/strut wear. Or, if the vehicle squats as the vehicle speeds up or it dips to a side as it turns, the shocks/struts must be checked for impending failure.

Uneven tire wear

If the shocks or struts are bad, the tires will take the beating as well from the bouncy ride. Some bits of rubber can be scraped off of the tires, leading to cupping or scalloping. The tires will suffer from uneven wear instead of having a consistent tread wear pattern across since the forces aren't dampened effective and the load isn't absorbed as it should.

Fluid leak

The shock and strut assembly compresses when the vehicle is driven over a bump or goes through pot holes and uneven road surface. The piston is then pushed against the hydraulic fluid that absorbs the force. Fluid leaks aren't always a cause for concern. But if the small wet spot on shocks/struts turns into something wet and oily, then it may be time to check the assembly.

Noises when driving over bumps

The strange sounds you hear, which may be described as knocking, when the vehicle goes over bumps or pot holes on the road can be a hint to shock/strut assembly wear. Don't ignore them. Have your suspension system checked.

Troubleshooting tips

Consider the vehicle's mileage. The vehicle might be up for shock and strut assembly replacement for maintenance. Take note of any significant changes or irregularities when driving the vehicle such as excessive roll or sway, aside from dips, squats, and dives. The shocks and struts might be performing poorly due to internal wear. Excessive movement of the suspension can cause handling issues and premature wear on other suspension parts. Visual inspection can tell if the shocks/struts are in still in good condition or already leaking.

Uneven tire wear can be the result of worn-out shocks/struts but can also be caused by other factors, so you might as well check the tires for proper pressure and physical damage due to nails stuck in them, dry rot, or ply separation. Defective mounts can also cause steering binding, may produce unusual noises, or may put the wheels out of alignment eventually. Check the mounts. If you turn the wheels and hear some noise or notice some pulling, you may have a defective bearing. You should also inspect the rubber parts of the mount for cracks or tears. Side-to-side movement on the mount or excessive play as you push in and out on the strut and spring indicates wear on the mount. After a thorough inspection, you can correctly diagnose and troubleshoot the problem. Replace all four units if needed for a more balanced ride.

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Do You Need an Alignment After Replacing Shocks and Struts?
March 14, 2020
Do You Need an Alignment After Replacing Shocks and Struts?The short answer is—it depends on the type of suspension your car has. On some vehicles, the installation of new shocks and struts may affect your car’s wheel alignment. However, there are some instances where alignment is not required after replacing the struts.
How Long Do Shocks Last?
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How Long Do Shocks Last?Now the question is, how long are they meant to last and when should you replace them? Shock absorbers are usually located on both the front and rear wheels, but modern car models usually only have rear shock absorbers, with struts at the front. How Many Miles do Shocks Last?
Bad Tie Rod End Symptoms
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Bad Tie Rod End SymptomsIf your tie rod ends are worn out, you may begin to notice some handling and tire problems—both of which can compromise your vehicle’s safety and performance aspects. Tie rods transfer motion from the steering gear to the steering knuckle in order for the front wheels to turn along the with
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