How to Confirm that One of Your Shocks has Gone Bad

The shocks are some of the most utilized parts in your car. The shocks absorb all of the bumps and vibrations from the road, meaning they constantly work while your car is in motion.

Mopar jeep shock

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Are you experiencing any of the symptoms of a bad shock such as:

  • More body sway
  • Stronger nose dive while braking
  • Floaty ride
  • Poor ride

Then it’s time to step back and determine if any of your shocks needs to be replaced.

The best way to test your shocks is to do the bounce test.

What is the Bounce Test?

When you do the bounce test, you’re essentially “bouncing” your car to see if your shocks are still in good shape. You don’t need any tools whatsoever to do this test. You can do this test literally anywhere, as long as you can park your car on a flat surface.

How to Do the Bounce Test

First, park your car on a flat surface. Next, take the following steps:

  1. With both hands, push down one corner of your car and then let go in one swift motion. Watch how your car bounces.
    1. If your car immediately goes back to its original position, then the shock at that corner is still good.
    2. If your car bounces once, then the shock is about to go bad.
    3. If your car bounces more than twice, then the shock is no longer good and it needs to be replaced right away.
  2. Repeat the test with the rest of the shocks on your car.

Need to Replace Your Shocks?

Mopar oem shocks

If you find that your car is bouncier than normal, then it needs a new set of shocks. Even if one of your shocks is bad and the other one is good, it’s still recommended to replace your shocks in pairs. If one shock is bad, the other will be soon.

Replacing your shocks doesn’t have to be expensive. There are two things you can do to save a lot of money on a replacement:

  1. Order genuine OEM shocks from us at wholesale pricing (do a search on your Mopar make and model to see if we have shocks for your car)
  2. Replace the shocks yourself with this step-by-step replacement guide

Got any questions about checking your shocks? We’ll be happy to answer them if you reach out to us!