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Change absorbers in pairs

Question : THE rear driver's side shock absorber on my 1982 Volvo 244 GL is leaking and I have been advised to fit a replacement.

My mechanic insists on changing the shock absorber on the other side even though it is still in good shape. Do I really need to replace both at the same time?

Answer : YOUR mechanic is correct and you will have to spend money on two new shock absorbers.

It is extremely dangerous fitting a single shock absorber since uneven damping on two sides will result in unpredictable handling, especially on wet and slippery surfaces.

Although the shock absorber on the other side may look undamaged, it would have worn to a certain degree. This may be unnoticed to you since the reduction in damping occurs slowly and over a long time.

 
 

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