How to test shocks and struts

How to test if your shocks and/or struts are blow.

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Strut and Shock Testing
This video shows how to inspect a strut to see if it needs replacing or not. This same test applies to the inspecting of shock absorbers as well. Visit us at:

How to tell if your shocks are blown
Decided to make this quick video while changing out my rear shocks. There's a few signs you can tell to see if your shocks are blown, such as a hissing while going over bumps, a rumbling, a sensation that the car is "floating" as you drive, or worst of all - bounciness in your ride due to the shock no longer being effective. Shocks are hydraulic and any fluid leaking out is also a sign of a blown shock, shocks should be dry and oil-free. Swapping them out is a quick and easy job, relatively cheap as well. If you have any questions feel free to email me at

Bad Shocks
Bad Shocks from the ranger

old strut vs. new strut
I changed the struts on my 2000 Maxima because one of them had completely failed. This was the good one which still had oil in it; the bad one made horrible scratching noises and clanked around.