I’m trying to replace my shocks but they don’t seem long enough. Do I need longer shocks?
In some cases you only need to support the lower control arm to shorten the distance, while you connect the shock. Many vehicles are designed to use the length of the shock absorber as a limiter for suspension travel. Gabriel® also recommends that you measure the ride height before performing any suspension work. It can indicate other problems if it is out of specification. A lower than specified ride height might indicate that your vehicle has worn springs. A taller than specified ride height might indicate that a lift kit is installed on the vehicle.
Gabriel cannot determine whether any particular customer is qualified to check or replace ride control, shocks or struts. Customers must make their own assessments of their experience, skills and knowledge and take responsibility for all results and if in doubt, seek the assistance of a qualified trained mechanic.
These videos are not intended to be step-by-step instructions, but are intended for general information purposes only.
Every vehicle is delivered with an OEM owner’s manual. If you cannot locate yours, several publications exist that will provide you with the specifications for the parts on the vehicle you are about to repair. Read the OEM manual specific to the make and model of your vehicle and the instructions that accompany your Gabriel product before undertaking any repair or replacement project. Always seek the advice or assistance of a qualified, trained professional when needed.
Before starting and vehicle repair or replacement project, you must have the proper training, tools, equipment and experience necessary to safely and correctly complete the project. This is especially important for anyone attempting to replace a worn strut or shock absorber, because failure to remove the worn part or install the replacement parts correctly on your vehicle may result in personal injury or damage to property.