As a top seller of genuine OEM Mopar shocks, we often get questions about what shocks are and how to replace worn shocks. Here are the top five frequently asked questions about shocks, along with answers and resources for each one.
1. What are Shocks?
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Practically everyone has heard of shocks, but a lot of people don’t know what they actually are. Also called shock absorbers, shocks are hydraulic tubes attached to the:
- Car body or frame
- Front/rear axle or suspension arm
The reason your car has shocks is to maintain its ride quality and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road. Shocks are designed to absorb vibrations and jolts from the tires, keeping both the tires and the car body riding smooth and stable.
To read a more thorough explanation of what shocks are, take a look at this article: What are Shocks and Why Does Your Car Need Them?
2. How Can I Confirm That One of My Shocks Has Gone Bad?
Got a hunch that one of your shocks is past its prime? Park your vehicle on a flat surface and then conduct the bounce test. No tools are required. You just need your hands and eyes.
For instructions on doing the bounce test, check out this guide: How to Confirm That One of Your Shocks Has Gone Bad
3. Are Mopar OEM Shocks Better Than Aftermarket Shocks?
When it comes to value, quality, durability, and performance, OEM shocks come out on top. OEM shocks may cost a bit more than aftermarket shocks, but they'll likely save you more money in the long run.
This comparison guide goes into more detail about why you should always put OEM shocks on your car: Are Mopar OEM Shock Better Than Aftermarket Shocks?
4. Do I Need to Replace My Shocks in Pairs?
It's not required to replace your shocks in pairs, but it's highly recommended. Doing so will keep many related components in good shape. For example:
- The suspension linkages will last longer
- The lifespan of the tires will be maximized
- Better handling
If you replace only one shock, the damping characteristics will be different between both shocks. This leads to uneven tire wear, and poor handling. Also, if one shock has gone bad, the other is soon to follow.
5. Can I Replace the Shocks Myself?
You certainly can change the shocks yourself if you have the right tools, a floor jack, and jack stands. Basically, you just need to remove the top and bottom bolts on the shock and the replace the old shock with the new one.
Here's a set of instructions on replacing the shocks on your Mopar vehicle: How to Replace the Shocks on Your Mopar Vehicle. Note that it's based on the Jeep Wrangler, so the steps for your model may be slightly different.
Do you have a shock-related question that wasn't answered in this list of FAQs? You're always welcome to contact us!