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Posted: Apr 24 2012, 05:44 PM
Group: Std. Member
Member No.: 6,075
Joined: 17-December 09
So I tried to get a warrant today and failed because one of my shocks is leaking apparently. This isn't a problem I've encountered before with any car.
Does anyone know if I should replace all 4 shocks, or if I can get away with only replacing one, perhaps even with a cheaper second hand shock?
If I do need to replace all 4, can anyone recommend a brand to use, I assume it's probably worth getting decent ones, I'm usually in favour of spend a bit more especially on things like tires, I assume shocks are much the same?
And does anyone know someone good to use near Mt Eden in Auckland? I have just been using the AA in Kingsland for general work, with mixed results.
Finally total newb question, but do the shocks effect the ride height at all? Aesthetically I think it would look better a touch lower, but I'm also not sure I want the mechanical issues that go with that, I gather it puts more stress on the other components?
It's not a great time for this money is tight because I'm not working, in fact I'm having hip surgery on Monday so I have very little time to get it fixed too. So any helpful advice would be great!
Posted: Apr 26 2012, 09:25 AM
Group: VIP Member
Member No.: 5,953
Joined: 1-July 09
Shocks do wear out, not unusual in 10 year old cars.
No need to replace all four, but would advise replacing them at least in pairs (front and rear), if one front shock is leaking, the other side won't be far off.
Wouldn't advise buying second hand (although: these would be a good spring upgrade, which would address you ride height 'issues'... http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-parts-...-467747260.htm) no guarantees the shocks aren't leaking too though :S
shocks don't effect ride height, springs do.
check out supercheapauto's prices on KYB shocks, they're actually pretty decent shocks for a very reasonable price - if they have one that fits that is.
'99 Altezza RS200Z- project car
'04 1240cc Nissan March rocketship
'01 KTM520EXC motard
Posted: Apr 26 2012, 11:18 AM
^^ You may thank me ^^
Member No.: 469
Joined: 3-October 05
OEM shocks are cheap!
RRP - $190.00+GST
STD member - $161.50+GST
VIP members - $140.00+GST