Car shocks:

Why you should change your air shock absorbers – and how to do it on your own.

Does your vehicle “dive” during heavy braking? Does it “wander” on the highway and hit bumps hard?

Air shock absorbers improve ride quality by limiting suspension movement. They also have a direct effect on handling and braking. The valves located within automotive shock absorbers are very important and control the ride quality. Standard car shocks can be valved for comfort or control. Performance car shocks are valved for handling.

Advance Auto Parts carries the best shock absorbers with valving varying from emphasis on ride quality to high-performance versions for optimum handling, along with models that automatically adjust to road conditions. Of course, we have quality auto parts in stock for all your vehicle maintenance needs.

Why you should inspect your air shock absorbers every 12,000 miles:
Air shock absorbers control suspension movement and significantly influence handling and braking. They also cushion bumps to improve ride quality. Worn car shocks can compromise your ability to control the vehicle.

Don't wait for an accident or a close call before you check to see if your air shock absorbers need to be replaced. If shock fluid is leaking from the shock, replace it immediately.

For more information on replacement symptoms, refer to the car suspension brochure. And come to Advance Auto Parts for the best shock absorbers.
What you will need for replacing automotive shock absorbers:

Installing car shocks; a do-it-yourself difficulty guide:

Estimated time required - 1 - 2 Hours

How to change your automotive shock absorbers. Do it yourself and save.

Recent technological advancements allow car shocks to automatically adapt their valving to match road conditions. Externally adjustable shocks are also available.

  1. Jack up and secure vehicle with stands. Leave wheels on the vehicle if possible for added safety. Loosen lower shock retaining nut, but do not remove the bolt at this time.
  2. Locate attaching hardware at the top of the shock. This rear shock is retained by two bolts that require a long socket extension to access.
  3. Remove the two retaining bolts. Your automotive shock absorbers may be retained by a single stud/nut on the top of the shock or a through-bolt.
  4. Now you can tap out the bottom shock bolt with a plastic mallet. Changing shocks is easy—just two or three bolts for removal.


Install the new shock by inserting the lower bolt first then the top retaining bolts. Once the bottom bolt is in place, if you haven’t already cut the shock compression strap, position it carefully, and cut the strap. The shock will open up to full height for you to install the top bolt/bolts.

Come to Advance Auto Parts for the best shock absorbers along with a complete line of quality auto parts for all your vehicle maintenance jobs.