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Old 04-16-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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When Should Shocks Be Replaced?

I have an '04 SVT just past 95K miles. I suppose I should replace the shocks, but I don't feel like they've gone "bad". How can you tell? I can't bounce the car by hand. The suspension settles quickly when going over bumps. The suspension doesn't bottom out. No excess lean in corners.

So what's the sign of shocks that need to be replaced?

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when you start bouncing like 5 times over one bump. say you go over a speed bump and you feel the car still bouncing 100 yards down the road.
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I just replaced the suspension with 98K miles on it. The springs were getting rusted, every single bushing was seized, but the dampers were perfectly fine. I'd say wait until you know for a fact they're worn out or until you just feel like changing them for something different.
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:52 AM   #5
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bouncy, fluid leaking, when it feels like you have just about flipped the car over through a normal turn. when stopping quickly you think the front bumper is gonna bottom out.
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Hell, mine has the original suspension components still on it with 164,xxx on it. It depends on how easy you are on it. Although it's getting replaced with the FRPP kit tomorrow.
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Don't replace anything that is still good it's just a waste of money.
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Sometimes they get stiff, the oil gets contaminated and they get REALLY HARD.

Like someone else said, if your car isn't performing properly or it's beating you to death, THEN replace them.
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Except for abrupt failures caused by damage, seal, or valve failures, most shocks wear very subtly. We adopt to the wear and do not notice it until well pass their prime. A shock will retain SOME damping ability as long as there is some fluid in the shock and the valve still works. It is not optimal or even close to it. A Bilstein engineer once stated that a shock loses 50% of its damping ability in the first half of its useful life. There is a night and day difference between a new shock and one with 50K miles on it. Those of you with 95 to 100 K + miles on shocks are only fooling yourselves. You're way overdue for new ones.
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I still don't believe that's true. It depends on the road conditions, how your drive etc.
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