Somersworth Auto Repair

How to Test Shock Absorbers

The suspension system is one of the most critical components of a vehicle, as it helps ensure a smooth and comfortable ride, and also helps maintain stability and control on the road. It's important to regularly check your vehicle's suspension system to make sure that it's functioning properly, and one way to do this is by performing a bounce test. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do the bounce test:

  1. Park your vehicle on a level surface and turn off the engine.
  2. Stand in front of your vehicle and gently press down on the hood. Release it and observe how the vehicle reacts. If the vehicle continues to bounce several times after you've released it, it's a sign that the suspension is worn out or damaged.
  3. Walk to the rear of your vehicle and repeat the same process, pressing down gently on the trunk. Observe how the vehicle reacts, and pay attention to any unusual bouncing or vibrations.
  4. Repeat the test on each corner of your vehicle, applying pressure to the fenders or doors. Pay attention to any unusual bouncing or vibrations, as this can indicate a problem with the suspension system.
  5. If you notice any issues with the suspension system during the bounce test, it's important to have your vehicle inspected by a professional auto repair shop. They can diagnose the problem and provide you with an accurate repair estimate.
  6. Regular maintenance of the suspension system is also important in helping to ensure that it's functioning properly. This includes having the shock absorbers and struts checked and replaced if necessary, and also having the suspension components lubricated to help prevent rust and corrosion.
  7. If you're planning on taking your vehicle on a long road trip or if you use it for towing or carrying heavy loads, it's important to have your suspension system checked by a professional. This can help ensure that your vehicle is safe and reliable on the road, and can also help prevent costly repairs down the line.

If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle's suspension system, or simply need suspension repairs, we welcome you to Central Park Garage for a complete inspection and diagnosis.

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