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Put my 1998 Hyundai Excel 3 door sedan for service and when returned both the rear shocks appear to be locked up or broken - little to no rebound. Stated that it could have been due to being on the hoist. No one seems to have seen this before. No signs of leaks or other damage. Less than 50000 kms and in good condition. Is this likely and would they need to be replaced?

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  • bobhilleard Jul 28, 2010

    Thanks again kirkx. My brother was also concerned about the accumulation of residue and other road debris being a reason for the problem. I did not see any when the mechanic had it on the jack but I wasn't right there - crook knee. Will give your solutions a bash and hope - moneys tight.



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I have seen this many times.
It is common on low mileage cars.
While you could replace them, they will wear in after just a little driving probably.
It is more serious when the front struts bind, because then it gets very hard to even turn the steering.
It is possible to free them up with some lubricant spray on the shaft also.
I would only replace them if they became so stiff that they were a risk of damage to the tires or the ride was really uncomfortable.

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  • bobhilleard Jul 28, 2010

    Thanks for that kirkx. They are already uncomfortable on the local roads in my area and tend to be a little nauseating on rolling roads. I have already had to do 70km back and forth from the original mechanic and it hasn't resolved. I will give them a good spray of WD40 and see how I go. Do you think that this a matter of the shocks binding on the damper shaft? I wonder why low mileage vehicles would be more affected? Do you think a couple of hefty guys standing in the boot might help to unbind them?

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    Kirk Augustin Jul 28, 2010

    I have never tried to take a shock apart that has done this, so I can't be sure what it is.
    My assumption has always been that the shaft itself has become rusty or corroded, once it sits long enough to allow its oil film to wear off.
    But inside the shock there are valves and baffles for the oil that is supposed to do the dampening, and they might also become glued in place by the collection of residue.

    But yes, I think WD40 and some heavy guys bouncing on the bumper might help.
    Can't hurt.

    The way shocks are supposed to work is that they don't stop the wheel from coming up when it hits a bump, but are supposed to slow down the wheels return to its normal position.
    So when you bounce on the bumper, the car should easily compress, and then return to normal when you stop. When shocks loose oil and get old, then it returns to quickly, which causes it to overshoot, and continue oscillating up and down. When shocks get stiff, they won't compress correctly for some reason, and instead the whole car jumps on a bump, instead of just the wheel and tire.



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