What other components should I ask the technician to look at when I have my shocks or struts serviced?
If you are having your shocks and struts serviced or replaced, all other parts of the shock or strut assembly should be checked. These may include the upper mount, bearing, strut bumper, strut boot, coil spring and spring isolator(s). In addition, connecting nuts and bolts should be checked, as they also undergo much wear and tear. If you are replacing a strut and are concerned about the durability of any of these older components, consider a Gabriel® ReadyMount®. A ReadyMount offers a state-of-the-art, completely pre-assembled strut assembly with all-new, high quality upper mount, coil spring and other component parts in one easy-to-install package. It saves time and labor costs resulting from multiple rebuilds and teardowns.
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.