Shopping for a New Shock Mount Insulator: The Dos and Don’ts
Things can get bumpy and bouncy on the road if the shock absorbers of the vehicle are no longer in their best shape to dampen road forces and minimize the impact. Although shocks deteriorate after some time, you wouldn't want them to fail too easily just because of a faulty shock mount insulator, which helps in reducing heat in the suspension. By preventing heat buildup, suspension damage can be prevented while also making sure that the shock absorbers will perform at their best. It would be cheaper to replace a bad insulator than to install a new set of shock absorbers to enjoy a smooth drive. If you're shopping around for a new shock mount insulator, check out this short list of dos and don'ts.
- Check the shocks of the vehicle to see if what you need are just insulators and not a new set of shock absorbers and other suspension components. If the shocks are already worn out, new insulators won't be able to fix the problem. So before you go shopping for a replacement for the broken insulator, run some inspections on the shocks and the rest of suspension. See what else you'll need to buy other than a new insulator.
- Know the specs. You have to look for insulators that are made for specific applications. Do you need insulators for the rear or front shock absorbers or the upper or lower portions? Figure out the exact location in order to find the right piece or set.
- See if you need to buy just a single piece or a set. You can figure this out by checking the shocks of the vehicle more closely. You may want to replace insulators by set for even performance and to save time or replace one that's about to wear out to save money.
- Shop around for the best deals and prices. It doesn't hurt to save even a few pennies on shock repair and maintenance, especially since vehicles may require all sorts of service from time to time, from oil change to engine tune-ups. Some stores offer highly reliable OE replacements at better prices, with options from OEMs and aftermarket brands.
- Don't buy used insulators. Although they appear to be in good condition, you can never really gauge the degree or extent of wear on these insulators. New insulators aren't that pricey, so it won't be practical to buy used parts.
- Don't buy just any kind of shock insulator you can find. The insulators have to be made out of premium-quality materials. This will ensure that they won't break easily even when exposed to dirt, heat, road debris, and other elements. To get the best options, check out the list of brands. Some of them are best known for their expertise in developing and manufacturing highly reliable shock absorbers or suspension products of all kinds. They can be the best source of OE replacements.
- Don't forget to test-drive the vehicle after the new insulators have been installed. Take note of any change or irregularity in suspension to see if the replacements are properly installed and have solved the problem. If not, then you'll have to run some checks.