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Rear Shocks/Struts ????

We have not had the shocks/strutts replaced on the back of our 1996 park avenue. It has 110,000 miles on it. There are air hoses going to the shocks/strutts as the car has dyna ride??? We can't find anything in the book about these items.

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    I have a 2005 Park Ave and just replaced the back air ride shocks. For the first day the car rode nice and high but it is now back to bottoming out at the smallest bump. I can here the compressor running but not sure it is doing anything. Is there a way to bypass the compressor or replace it by myself? I thought the shocks would fix the problem but Im back to the same place I was before.

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You may have to visit the ealer on these. I have checked as well , and everything I find available says not for the adjustable suspension models. SOmeone at the dealer may be able to give you an aftermarket suggestion that will work as well.

also, check here, you may find this information useful!
http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=105

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How to replace rear air shock on 1992 buick parkavenue


Pretty sure your car has struts on the rear and the shock function is part of the strut. Replacing struts is more difficult than replacing shocks and they should be replaced in pairs.

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When a vehicle is brought into an auto repair shop for routine vehicle maintenance, the auto technician may suggest that the vehicle shocks or struts need to be replaced. Learn the function of a car or trucks shocks and struts. Find out why the shocks and struts need to be replaced and how someone can tell if they’re bad.

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Shocks and struts serve the same purpose. They’re main function is to keep the vehicle from bouncing. A vehicle has front and rear springs to cushion the vehicle over rough road conditions. If there were no shocks or struts the vehicle would continue to bounce excessively. The shocks and struts prevent the car from bouncing by damping the springs.

What’s the Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

Shocks are usually used to dampen leaf springs, where as a strut is used to dampen coil springs. Shocks are usually a single cylinder in the open where as a strut is normally surrounded by the coil spring and are more massive and complicated.

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Why Should the Cars Shocks or Struts be replaced?

Keeping in mind that the purpose of shocks and struts is to keep the vehicle from bouncing, the following is some of the reasons why they should be replaced.

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* Excessive strain can be put on other vehicle components causing premature failure.
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1. Shocks and struts can be oil or air filled. If they are leaking oil or air they need to be replaced. Consumer beware, some dishonest auto repair shops will squirt oil on the shocks, show the customer the leaky shocks and tell them they need to be replaced.
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