Heavy Duty FAQ

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

Probably not. “Misting” is a common occurrence and totally normal in shocks. In fact, shocks are designed to mist slightly. This oil “mist” lubricates the seal as the rod moves, maximizing shock life. A secondary benefit is additional rod corrosion protection. A light oil film on the shock body is normal. However, if there is an excessive amount of oil on the shock, if oil is running or dripping down the side, or if the box is saturated, the shock may be defective and may need to be replaced. Please refer to Gabriel HD Technical Bulletin: Shock Absorber Inspection: Misting vs. Leaking for more information.

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