Excessive Vibration in right side suspension

I have a 2003 Honda Civic LX, when I hit bumps on the right side of my car there is a really bad reverberation. I may only hit 1 bump, but the vibration continues for a while. I checked all the bushings and the rubber mounted joints underneath and everything appears to be okay.

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• pwonder88 Feb 10, 2009

The passenger Strut appears to have more fluid/grease build up on it.

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2002 and not just when hitting bumps

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Is there evidence of oil leaking from the strut?

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I'd have a look at the shock absorbers (might be called dampers, depending on what part of the world you live in) for this sort of symptom.

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• Alastair Macleod Feb 11, 2009

The oily strut (which is a combined spring and shock absorber assembly) sounds suspicious.

Try pushing down on the left-hand corner of the car a few times to make it bounce up and down, then watch how quickly it settles when you stop. Now do the same on the right-hand corner and compare the response.

My guess is the right hand side will carry on bouncing up and down for longer (both really ought to complete less than one full oscillation after you stop exciting them). Assuming the right hand corner bounces for longer, replace the strut on that side.

Ineffective shock absorbers aren't something you can afford to ignore - they can have a significant effect on your ability to stop in a hurry.

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