Roughly one in seven vehicles will need to have at least one shock absorber or damper repaired. Our workshop tips on shocks absorbers and dampers will tell you not only why to change shock absorbers and when to replace shocks but also how to pinpoint the damage causes, and how to properly change conventional and innovative, electronic shock absorbers and dampers. The repair tips for shock absorbers also cover topics such as impact damage, leakage and environment-friendly disposal when replacing shocks and struts.

Changing shock absorbers

The shock absorber, which is also called the vibration damper, is mainly responsible for safety and driving comfort. When should you replace the shock absorbers? And how do you correctly install new shock absorbers? Find out in this workshop tip.

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Replacing Shock Absorbers

Inspecting shock absorbers

Approximately 14 percent of vehicles are on the road with at least one defective shock absorber - a great safety risk. Having faulty shocks or dampers replaced by a specialist workshop makes customer vehicles safe on the roads again.

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Inspection shock absorbers

Installing shock absorbers

Improper assembly or accidents can lead to a distortion of shocks and dampers and later to serious component damage. ZF Aftermarket describes what to pay attention to during inspection and installation.

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Chrome layer on piston rod

Replacing CDC dampers

More and more automotive manufacturers opt for the continuously variable damping system called Continuous Damping Control (CDC) in their vehicles. It permanently monitors influencing factors, such as the road condition, load, vehicle body acceleration, and driver’s actions.

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CDC damper

Proper disposal of shock absorbers

Our company places a high priority on protecting the environment. As a result, our concept of product quality includes not only optimum operating properties, long service life, and convenient installation, but also saving resources and preserving the environment.

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Disposal of shocks

Impact damage to shock absorbers

Accidents or major installation errors can cause severe damage. Hence you must carefully inspect damage to axles and shock absorber/damper attachments and check axle alignment.

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Leaking shock absorbers

Although a shock or damper may appear to have a leak, this may not in fact be the case. A certain amount of "perspiration" is normal, and even necessary to lubricate the piston rod seal. Never diagnose shocks and dampers after the vehicle has been driven in the rain - they should be dry.

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Leaking shock absorber

Increase efficiency in the workshop with repair tips for shocks and dampers

Whether it is spotting defects in the suspension or the actual repair of a shock absorber or damper, the ZF Aftermarket tips provide professional support for you. Benefit from the clear, simple instructions that make the job easier for you. You can also save time and money in the process and, not least, make sure your customers go away satisfied.

The workshop tips on shock absorbers and dampers not only describe how to replace shocks, but also their possible defects, the associated ramifications and how you can rectify these. Suitable illustrations also support the repair tips so that you can simply carry out the relevant steps. Useful repair tips for shocks from the manufacturer supplement the various instructions.