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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:32 pm    Post subject: Rear shock absorber leak Reply with quote

I discovered an oily spot on garage floor today. In fact, I can see 6 spots there, at the driver's side rear wheel. I guess the leak started about a week ago and each day as the van was parked a new spot was formed overnight. I looked under the car and see that the lower part of the shock absorber is soaking wet with the oil. Since I never dealt with this kind of stuff before, I'm not sure if there is any risk of driving the car in this state. I will have it looked after on Monday/Tuesday, but is there anything against diving it before then? I assume not, but wanted to double check first.

I haven't seen reports of leaky shocks here before, yet a few members were inquering about replacing shocks/struts as the old ones were "worn". Is it something that wears off/needs to be replaced regularly? Our van has about 150,000 km.

How's that for a rookie question? Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear shock absorber leak Reply with quote

Sure, shocks are like brakes. They do wear out gradually. If you see oil, it is time to replace them. I changed to my summer tires last week. It looks very easy to change the shocks, just two bolts. I don't have the details and I have not done it before.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:59 am    Post subject: Re: Rear shock absorber leak Reply with quote

yep, 1 bolt, 1 nut and a jack. Easy to do.
the lower bolt has a metal tab wrapped around the receiving nut on the axle and is welded on at that point. I believe it was 15mm for both?
I used a little bit of PB Blaster beforehand and my longer torque wrench for leverage.

as for driving the car with blown shock. the weight of your van sits on the springs, the shock is used for weight change and road conditions. Just avoid pot holes and carrying heavy loads and you should be fine but get it replaced asap.

Rule of thumb I was taught about shocks. If you push down or rock your vehicle it should stop rocking as soon as you stop pushing on it. If it keeps shifting, then time to replace. I replaced mine because the van has close to 100k miles on it and the end links were failing. So I just replaced everything at once.
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