A good set of Chevy shocks is important the comfort of your ride, and essential to the reliable handling of your vehicle. Part of the suspension system, your Chevy shocks have a direct role in seeing to it that your wheels are able to adjust to the varying surfaces that you encounter as you drive, allowing each wheel to independently manage the terrain directly beneath it. This allows your wheels to remain solidly on the ground while driving, each being able to maintain that stable position with the assistance of the Chevy shocks. Your Chevy shocks also help with weight distribution, helping to manage the weight of your vehicle as it shifts, such as during braking. This makes handling your vehicle easier and safer, and helps to make sure that your stopping distance is what it should be. Hardworking parts, your Chevy shocks will periodically need to be replaced, and when the times comes for replacement, you'll need to do so promptly, in order to ensure that you do not cause damage to the other suspension parts that rely on the Chevy shocks to do their part. The components of the suspension system are interrelated, and when one part goes bad, the other parts undergo a greater degree of strain and stress. You'll find a wide variety of Chevy shocks in our online catalog, and we have a broad range of performance levels available, including those designed to for off-roading and for vehicles that have had height modifications. As we do with all of our parts and accessories, we price our Chevy shocks competitively and enhance our low prices by offering to ship orders of $50 or more via free ground shipping. You can order your Chevy shocks online at any time of the day or night, and our secure encryption will keep your information safe, or you can place your order by dialing our toll-free telephone number and speaking with one of our customer service specialists.
FAQs—Chevrolet Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
- What's the difference between Chevrolet struts and shock absorbers?
While they're both similar in function, struts and shocks are quite different in terms of design. They're both there to mitigate excessive motion of your spring. However, struts are part of the suspension as a structural component. They are often used as a pivot point when steering and wheel position are adjusted for the purposes of alignment. Shock absorbers, on the other hand, are more focused on the function of absorbing shock so that it could, in its own way, decrease extreme spring motion. They're both important in making sure you have more control over your GMC Chevrolet vehicle.
- How do I know my shocks and struts for my Chevy requires replacement?
You should have your local GM dealer inspect your shocks and struts regularly whenever your Chevy is bought for alignment, brake, and tire services (particularly by ASE-certified technicians). It's usually during road tests on your Chevrolet that your technician might notice an unusual noise from your suspension system. He also takes note if your vehicle undergoes any dives, sways, or bouncing that's excessive every time he puts on the brakes, which could warrant additional inspection and eventual shocks and struts replacement.
- Will aftermarket shocks and struts work on my newer Chevrolet SUV?
GM offers three different suspension options on every one of the newer Chevrolet models such as the Tahoe, Suburban, and Avalanche as well as the GMC Yukon. For standard suspension, many aftermarket shocks and struts will work without the need to modify them. For suspension that's self-leveling, you might need to replace the rear springs. For auto-ride suspension, the aftermarket shocks won't work at all and you might have to go OEM instead.
To know if you have self-leveling suspension, take a look at your rear shocks. If the main shock body is about 2.5 inches in diameter, then you have standard suspension for your Chevy. If they're instead about 3.25 inches in diameter, then that's the self-leveling type of suspension that requires auxiliary springs in order for your shocks and struts assembly to work. You'll also need to know whether your Chevy or GM vehicle is 2500, 1500, 4WD, or 2WD along with which suspension configuration you have.
- Should I have my shocks or struts replaced? A technician pointed out there's a light film on them.
The light film on your shocks or struts doesn't warrant replacement as long as they're functioning properly. This light oil film of sorts is a result of oil lubricating the rod as it cycles in and out of the working chamber. When the oil gets wiped from the rod, it tends to travel to the painted part of your strut or shock. On the other hand, it could be an indicator of a damaged seal, so check with your technician for more details.
- I've replaced my shocks and struts assembly several times in a month because of excessive oil leakage. What's making them fail so much?
As mentioned above, seal damage is the primary cause of oil leakage. Prior to replacement of shocks and struts, the cause of the damage should be identified first. Many suspension use rubber stops called rebound or jounce bumpers that protect your shocks or struts from topping or bottoming damage. You should replace these components if they're damaged, cracked, or lost to prolong the life of your shocks or struts. Although mileage will vary, struts and shocks should last for about 50,000 miles.