Volkswagen Shocks Buyer's Guide

Are you a Volkswagen owner with a set of shocks that need attention? You may benefit from this buyer’s guide, which covers everything you need to know about shocks.

1. What are Shocks?

Everyone has heard of shocks, but not everyone knows what shocks actually are and how they work. You can find a thorough explanation on what shocks are and how they work here: Volkswagen Shocks Explained: What Shocks Are and How They Work

In a nutshell, shocks are elongated hydraulic dampers attached to the vehicle’s frame or body and the axle or suspension arm. They’re designed to absorb most of the bumps and vibrations on the road to improve handling on your car.

2. How to Find Out if One of Your Shocks is Failing

Shocks fail after a while. More specifically, they typically start to go bad between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. When that happens, you’ll experience some symptoms of a bad shock like increased body sway and a stronger nose dive while braking.

There’s an easy DIY way to find out whether your shocks are still good or if they’ve gone bad: performing the bounce test. The steps for the bounce test are outlined in this guide: How to Find Out if One of Your Shocks is Failing

3. Are OEM Shocks Better Than Aftermarket Shocks?

When it’s time to replace shocks, one of the most common questions VW owners ask is, “will I get a better deal with aftermarket shocks?”

The answer is almost always no. Aftermarket shocks don’t usually perform well as a result of low quality parts and poor fitment. OEM shocks, on the other hand, are built with high quality parts and OEM specs. In other words, great performance and perfect fitment are guaranteed with a set of OEM shocks on your Volkswagen.

For a more thorough comparison between OEM and aftermarket shocks, check out this article: Are VW OEM Shocks Better Than Aftermarket?

4. How to Replace Your Shocks

The correct way to replace the shocks in your VW is outlined in this tutorial. Note that the tutorial provides a basic overview of the shock replacement process. The process basically consists of removing the wheel, disconnecting some parts, dismounting the old shock at the top and bottom, and then installing the new shock. If you want a model-specific tutorial, we suggest looking for a more detailed video.

This guide should have all the information you need about the shocks on your VW. However, we encourage you to contact us with any questions that weren’t answered in this guide.