Vette(s): 1979 L-82, 3 spd auto, car was originally Lt. Beige currently painted Sportsman Red, Doeskin leather interior, 103,000 miles......
Today, I removed the Monroe shocks that the previous owner had on the rears of my car. I'm changing them regardless, but wondered....is it normal to be able to compress a shock by simply pushing the ends together by hand?
And are they supposed to recoil or just stay compressed (mine stayed compressed). Im pretty sure this isnt right, but needed to hear it from the experts.......
Vette(s): 1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior
If I remember correctly from way back when C3's were the current Corvettes and I was selling shocks, tires, batteries, etc., how a shock handles by compressing by hand means little...testing shocks on the car is how it's done.
On the car, if the shock isn't leaking (where it's obviously bad), you push down the fender several times to get it to rock. When you let go, the car fender should rise up, go down and rise to a stop. If it keeps on rocking more than that the shock is worn out.
If that procedure has changed I'm not aware of it, but shock technology has changed a great deal over the years.
Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, c o c k y and in general a malcontent.
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