When replacing shock absorbers on a vehicle, it’s important to avoid common mistakes to ensure the safety and performance of your vehicle. Here are the top five mistakes to avoid:

  1. Choosing the Wrong Shock Absorbers:
    • Selecting shock absorbers that are not compatible with your vehicle’s make and model can lead to handling and safety issues. Always use the correct shock absorbers for your specific vehicle to maintain ride quality and performance.
  2. Not Replacing Both Sides:
    • Replacing only one shock absorber when both are worn or damaged can lead to uneven suspension and handling characteristics. It’s best to replace shock absorbers in pairs (either the front pair or the rear pair) to ensure balanced performance.
  3. Improper Installation:
    • Failing to install the shock absorbers correctly can lead to performance problems and safety issues. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and use the appropriate torque settings for mounting hardware.
  4. Neglecting Other Suspension Components:
    • Shock absorbers are just one part of the suspension system. Neglecting to inspect and replace other worn or damaged suspension components like bushings, control arms, or struts can lead to suboptimal ride quality and handling.
  5. Not Performing a Wheel Alignment:
    • After replacing shock absorbers, it’s essential to have a wheel alignment performed. Failing to do so can result in uneven tire wear, reduced handling, and alignment-related issues. Proper alignment ensures that all wheels are pointing in the right direction.

It’s crucial to take your time, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and, if necessary, seek professional assistance when replacing shock absorbers. Proper installation and maintenance are essential for safety, ride quality, and the longevity of your vehicle’s suspension system.