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Bouncing rearend i have replaced shocks checked air in tire, taken apart the rear leaf springs cleaned & greased them and it still has a bounce when i hit a bump in the road. PLEASE HELP.

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Some leaf springs, when removed causes a bounce in the rear end when you forget to put them all back. You should try adding some leaf springs recommended from the manufractuer, or just look for the same parts from another model just the same as your vehicle. (tip from experience: match the leafs, and where they go.) for example: the small one will go with the other small one. I used the 2nd largest leafs and added them to my rear end, so instead of just one leaf stock there was two. if this solves your problem let me know.

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How to check rear shocks


Lean all your weight on the rear bumper with your knee. quickly release the weight and watch as the car comes back up. If it rises back to level and stays there your shocks are okay. If it bounces up and down, even a little, replace the shocks (always in pairs). Also you will want to check your springs, coil or leaf, for broken leaves or coils. If the shocks and springs are okay you probably have an "out of round" tire or one with seperated belts. Have a local tire shop check the tire for you on a balance machine, or block the front wheels, jack up your car with the trans in neutral, and spin the tire. If it is out of round it may be fairly apparent. Hope this helps.

Jun 22, 2014 | 2002 Honda Accord

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When should I replace my shocks and or struts When a vehicle is brought into an...


When should I replace my shocks and or struts
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.

The Purpose or Function of a Cars Shocks and Struts

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.

That’s why struts normally cost a lot more to replace than a shock. On a car the front suspension usually has struts and the rear usually has shocks. Some trucks have shocks on the front and rear. Other than those distinctions, shocks and struts serve exactly the same purpose.

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.

* An excessively bouncing car can be an uncomfortable driving experience.
* The vehicle can be harder to control leading to an unsafe condition.
* Excessive strain can be put on other vehicle components causing premature failure.
* Bad shocks or struts will cause the tires to bounce and create spotty or choppy wear on the vehicles tires.

How to Tell if a Cars Shocks or Struts are Bad

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.
2. Another method is the bounce test. Put all your weight on the front or rear of the vehicle and push down on the vehicle. Let go of the vehicle and stand back to see of it bounces. If the vehicle comes back up without bouncing, the shocks are probably in good shape. If the vehicle bounces a few times, chances are the shocks or struts need to be replaced.

Shocks and struts are wear items, not maintenance items. There’s no set mileage or time limit when they should be replaced. If the tires seem to have a choppy wear pattern or the vehicle bounces excessively over bumps, the shocks need to be checked.

Look at the struts or shocks and see if they’re leaking. Perform the bounce test and see if the vehicle bounces. Replacing the vehicle shocks and struts when they’re bad will create a safer and more comfortable driving experience, not to mention saving money in the long run.

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Is this a free service? I have squeaking sound under my Dodge Ram truck. Is it shocks? Bushings? Springs? The Ram is a 1998 with almost 200,000 miles. I have never had the shocks replaced. Maybe i...


Just due to the miles, may be a good idea to replace the shocks.
You may also want to look for grease fittings on the suspension and steering (ball joints, tie rods, U joints, etc.) and grease them all. A squeak is very hard to diagnose over the web. What you may try is have a friend bounce on the bumpers while you listen for the squeak. That may help you narrow its location, front right, front left, rear right, rear left. Could be a bushing in a control arm or leaf spring or a metal to metal squeek.

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My 98 van bounces when im going 25 to 55 and i dont know y. checked tires struts and berrings.


well, how did you check struts. removed them and did a compression stroke test? Front or rear? both? suspension controls ride stability, shocks,struts,springs, bushings,wheel balance. even if parts look good doesnt mean they are. bounce trk from the outside. does it keep bouncing for a few or does it bounce 3 times or less depending on how hard you jumped on the bumper. Im sure you need new struts or shocks if it is bouncy.

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When i turn a corner it feels like my rear end is sliding. ???


check your rear wheel tire pressures. low pressure will give you that sensation. also check your rear tire(s) condition, worn tires can cause that sensation. if tire pressure and condition check ok, then consider rear suspension wear as the problem. check the rear shocks, perform a bounce test-if the rear of the truck rebounds more than twice, it is a sign your shocks are worn. look underneath the truck inspect for broken leaf springs.

Dec 22, 2010 | 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab

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2003 Pathfinder SE is bouncing


> Does this vehicle have shock absorbers or leaf springs?
It would be either leaf or coil springs; shock absorbers serve to prevent that continued bouncing and these may be simply shot.
The crude way of checking shocks still works somewhat:
- Position yourself on each corner of the vehicle and through repeated pushing down and letting the corner come back up, get some momentum and then let go at the bottom of the cycle.
If the shocks (which may be located within coil springs- McPherson struts) are still effective, the vehicle should rise slightly once and then settle. If they are blown, there will be some continued 'overshoot.'
The leaked fluid can be checked for odor; brake fluid is pretty distinctive while lubricants will smell somewhat like oil or grease. This could be from a shock but most are now gas filled rather than with a type of hydraulic fluid.

Jan 12, 2010 | 2002 Nissan Pathfinder

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Replacing shocks with air shocks on rear


The leaf springs should hold up the bed. The shocks generaly determine how much bounce there is when you go over a bump. In air shocks they can lower the vehicle and still keep the vehicle from bounceing a lot.

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2000 sienna is bouncing. I feel all the bumps on the road. I have replaced the shocks and still bouncing. advice?


Tires can do it and so can springs. You should see what air pressure you have. But some tires are like marshmellows and if you are not the original owner, check the wheels too. Then go to a SPRING shop before you replace the tires. They should have measurements to tell you if your springs have collapsed. Good Luck.

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