Light Vehicle FAQ

I have a light film of oil on my shock or strut, does it need to be replaced?

Probably not. “Misting” is a common occurrence and totally normal in shocks and struts. In fact, shocks and struts are designed to mist slightly. This oil “mist” lubricates the seal as the rod moves, maximizing shock and strut life. A secondary benefit is additional rod corrosion protection. A small amount of oil on the box is normal. However, if there is an excessive amount of oil on the shock or strut, if oil is running or dripping down the side, or if the box is saturated, the shock or strut may be defective and may need to be replaced.

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