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What are the consequences if you do not replace a leaking shock absorber?

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Hello, one of my rear shocks are leaking. What will it happen, if I leave it like that? And is it better to change both of the shocks in the rear because I can not get the same brand and size as my other ones. Thank you for your reply

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You take the chance of poor handling...especially during a panic manuver. I have seen an accident where a truck went over some railroad tracks, one of the front shocks was bad, thus causing that side to bounce too much, the driver lost control, and as a result, killed his dad. Replace the shock.

This might be a good time to put on RS9000's....its a great shock.

John......southern CA
84CJ7, 3"lift, 32"BFG, 4.10's, ARB Locker, Solid Axle's, Durabak
Well, the shock is gonna die, either way. If you continue to run it, it will either slowly lose its anti-shock abilities, or it will seize up. If it seizes, the shock will prevent the spring from moving. If that happens and you're putting a lot of stress on that side (wheeling and putting that shock under compression or something) the stress will be on the shock and could rip off the shock mounts. If it loses its anti-shock abilities, it will be as though you have no shock there. I'd unbolt one end, and see if it still is working. The leaks are often slow, so check it once a week, and it will probably work for a while. When it stops giving any resistance, remove it before it seizes. If it has no oil in it, you won't notice a difference without it anyhow. If you have good shocks on the jeep, you'll probably be ok with 3 for a while, but I'd drive a little slower than usual until you get used to it. I'd also replace the worn shock ASAP, as not having it will undoubtedly cause more wear on the other shocks.

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the shock will no longer be able to dampen, causing poor handling, and if left unchecked, a frozen shock, broken springs, worn suspension/steering parts, and cupped tires. you should always replace at least in pairs, and never mix hydraulic and gas together.

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I remember seeing a banner at a tire store that said to replace your worn shocks because you can gain stopping distance by (I think) 20%. As posted above, a bad situation and potentially dangerous. They are cheap and easy to replace aren't they? It is best to replace all at the same time, but if you are really hurtin' for time and money I guess pairs would be alright--although not recommended.

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