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DateBulletin #Title & Description

Gabriel HD: Safe Disposal of HD Shocks

Appropriate protective measures, such as wearing safety glasses and protective gloves, should be taken when removing oil and gas from discarded and defective shock absorbers. Read More ».

Gabriel HD: When to Replace HD Shocks

Today's low friction class 3 - 8 suspensions and tires require high functioning shocks to minimize wear and protect from vibration damage. Read More ».

Gabriel HD: Tire Wear and Shock Absorbers

Tires and shock absorbers work together to absorb and minimize the detrimental effects to vehicle stability and braking caused by harsh road conditions. Read More ».

Gabriel HD: Shock Absorber Inspection: Misting vs. Leaking

Many technicians find it difficult to differentiate between a normal operating "misting" shock and a leaking shock that needs replacement. Read More ».

Gabriel HD: Shock Absorber Installation Guide

Comprehensive instructions on installing the Common EB Type Mounts as well as Common Stud Type Mounts. Read More ».

Gabriel HD: Gas-Charged vs. Non-Gas Shocks

Hydraulic fluid aeration is a normal occurrence in shock absorbers. Aeration causes performance fade, which negatively affects tire-to-road contact. Read More ».

Proper Torque of Mounting Bolts on 1999 – 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee

A frequent concern from installers is customers complaining of rattling noises after the rear shocks have been replaced on 1999 – 03 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. Read More ».

Product Benchmark — Chrome Plating

Chrome plated rods increase product shelf life. Moisture in most storage environments will cause unprotected steel surfaces to corrode over time. Read More ».

How to Prime a Shock or Strut

Occasionally, light-vehicle twin tube shocks and struts are misdiagnosed as faulty when removed from the box for installation. On the initial stroke of the product you may notice a dead band or erratic damping at the top of the stroke of the shock or strut. This is a normal occurrence and the shock will function properly once it has been primed. Read More ».
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