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  • Experts do not recommend doing what is referred to as the bumper test to check the shock absorbers. This test is performed by pressing down on the bumper and bouncing the car to see how bouncy it is. Because many trucks and some cars have stiff springs, the bumper test does not provide an accurate assessment of whether or not the shock absorbers need replacing. Instead, car owners should either drive the car on familiar roads to feel for bumps or take the car to a mechanic for a proper assessment.

    If you feel like your vehicle's ride quality is not what it used to be, it is a good idea to know how to check shock absorbers. It is fairly simple and easy to do. And it can save you from an unnecessary visit to a garage, or inversely, indicate that you need to get the car to a professional.

  • If you feel like your vehicle's ride quality is not what it used to be, it is a good idea to know how to check shock absorbers. It is fairly simple and easy to do. And it can save you from an unnecessary visit to a garage, or inversely, indicate that you need to get the car to a professional.

    One of the most common ways to check shock absorber performance was pushing downward on the front or rear of the vehicle. The idea was to see how many times the vehicle went up and down after bouncing the vehicle. If the vehicle kept bouncing more than one time it was time to replace the shocks. While this method works on really worn shocks I prefer to observe the Corvette from another vehicle as it goes down the road. If you watch the vehicle closely you can see if the front or rear bounces three or four times after traversing a rough road surface. During braking watch for the back end bouncing after the vehicle comes to a stop. You can look at your tires for uneven wear across the tread. Really worn shocks let the tire bounce and then dig into the pavement creating square bald patches. The square patches will be evenly distributed around the tire. Keep in mind that as mentioned earlier a severe tire vibration will cause the tire to do the same thing creating small patches of wear. The difference is you will feel the vibration in the seat of the pants or the steering wheel which is hurting your shocks. Finding oil dripping out of the shock requires replacement. Always replace shock absorbers in sets of two front or rear preferably all four.

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  • Check the shock absorber mounting points. A shock absorber that is not attached on one end is not doing its job and may make a clunking or banging noise while going over bumps. Replace shocks that have broken mounts.

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