How to Find Out if One of Your Shocks is Failing

After you've had your car a while, you may start experiencing some symptoms of a bad shock, such as:

  • Increased body sway
  • Stronger nose dive while braking
  • Hard time holding a turn
  • Floaty ride

Once these symptoms start to crop up, it’s time to step back and determine if any of your shocks needs to be replaced. How do you test your shocks, though?

By bouncing your car, of course!

The Bounce Test

The bounce test is pretty self explanatory. It’s just a procedure where you bounce each corner of your car and observe how the shock at the corner reacts. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Park your Volkswagen on a flat surface.
  2. In one swift motion, put most of your upper body weight on one corner of the vehicle and then let go. Observe how bouncy your car gets. 

If the car springs right back to at-rest height, then the shock at that corner is still in tip-top shape. If it bounces once before returning to at-rest height, the shock is about to go bad. If the car bounces more than once, then cancel your plans for the weekend because your shocks need to be replaced ASAP. 

If You Find a Bad Shock on Your VW

If your car is bouncier than usual, the shock at that corner is bad and you need to replace it as soon as possible.

Replacing your shocks isn’t as easy as the bounce test because you would need some tools, but it’s still definitely a doable task. The first thing you need to do before starting the replacement process is to buy a pair of replacement shocks.

You might be saying, “but I’ve got only one bad shock. Why do I have to buy two replacement shocks?”

Shocks need to be replaced in pairs in order to keep the damping properties similar at each corner, and to keep your vehicle's handling optimal. Also, if one shock has failed, the other shock will soon fail. 

At VWPartsVortex.com, we offer discounted prices and a price match guarantee on all genuine OEM VW parts, including shocks. Look up your Volkswagen model in our catalog of replacement shocks to see what we have to offer!

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