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06-28-02, 04:35 AM   #1  
Shock Absorbers

I drive a 1994 Mazda B-4000 with 104000 miles on the ticker. How can I determine if the shocks need replacement? There is no visible leakage. I unbolted one of the front shocks, but the pressure charge prevented me from operating it by hand to check for looseness. I know the old routine of jumping up and down on the bumpers, but is that really a good way to tell? I don't have any noticible problems, but I wonder what the life expectancy of shocks is, considering the mileage on the truck. Oh, yes, if I do decide to replace them, what type and brand would you folks recommend? This is a 2WD vehicle used only on good paved roads and infrequently heavily loaded.

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06-28-02, 05:35 AM   #2  
At this mileage, they are likely worn out and soggy. Yes the "bounce and rebound" method is still valid.

Monroe, KYB, or Gabriel all make an acceptable stock replacement for your truck.

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