How to Replace Your Shocks : How to Check the Condition of Your Shocks

How to Replace Your Shocks : How to Check the Condition of Your Shocks

Hi, my name is Nathan McCullough. On behalf
of Expert Village in these clips we’re talk about the proper way to inspect, remove, replace
and maintenance your vehicles shock absorbers. In this clip I am going to talk about a ‘sure
fire’ method to see if your shock absorber is failed. I am also going to talk about one
of the items that you can perform on it, as far as maintenance. This here, is a new shock
absorber. It is approximately 6 months old. The ‘sure fire’ test for it, is going to be
to collapse the shock absorber and see if it actually returns back to it’s fully extended
position. It will require your body weight, and this style as a top stud here. I am not
going to push directly on it with the palm of my hand. I have a shop rag here, I’m going
to place it on the stud and just lean down on it. As you can see, it collapses just fine.
What I’m going to do is come off of it. You can see how my shock absorber is re-extending.
That means that the seal integrity is there and that it still retains all the pressure
that it had from the factory. The one maintenance item you can do for your shock absorber. If
you live in Michigan or some of the northern states in the rust belt, these will rust out,
it happens all the time. This shield will rust off and will expose the seals on the
inside to the weather. This has been on my vehicle for approximately 6 months and you
can see how it’s developing rust already. Right up in here and up in there. In order
to prevent that rust, if you notice it starting go ahead and get your rattle can of spray
paint and paint the rusted surfaces. That will extend the life of your shock absorber
significantly, if you happen to live up here in the rust belt.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. rust occurs underneath the paint, the rust spots will just grow underneath and chip off a huge piece of the paint, only way to insure it is to get an anti rust spray and coat it, if its really bad, replace the shock or sand it down before u apply paint

  2. @nocknights Just saw your comment and hope you have it figured out by now. Buy usually the front ones are shorter.

  3. That shock is a total dead one . It should come back to its position quickly without any intervention if it was still working. This guy stinks , and this video should be banned for being a risk

  4. The painting tip was great thanks didnt think of that. I might put some undercoating on them what do you think of that?

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