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Old 05-06-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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worst that can happen w/ blown susp?

as of now, my rear left is blown... i want to know what are the possibilities that a blown rear shock can cause. new suspension is underway but for the time being, any signs i should look for that will lead to what? besides a damn bumpy ride... appreciate it!
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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That's pretty much it... just a shitty ride. For day-to-day driving blown shocks don't cause a whole lot of danger to your driving... I'd say the only real problem you may face is added stress on an already problematic subframe.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:46 PM   #3
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well thats good news. i drive maybe a total of 20-30 min a day and thats like maybe 10 miles total. thanks for the QUICK response!
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:18 PM   #4
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That's pretty much it... just a shitty ride. For day-to-day driving blown shocks don't cause a whole lot of danger to your driving... I'd say the only real problem you may face is added stress on an already problematic subframe.
Not the case. A blown shock means that the car is riding only on the spring - there is nothing there to control the compression or the rebound of the spring. That corner of the car is effectively just bouncing up and down. This is super problematic and very dangerous.
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Not the case. A blown shock means that the car is riding only on the spring - there is nothing there to control the compression or the rebound of the spring. That corner of the car is effectively just bouncing up and down. This is super problematic and very dangerous.
Well for one, OP hasn't really said to what degree his shocks are out. Most people use the term "blown" to describe a leaky shock, with which normal driving is hardly affected. But even with a completely dead shock someone can get around just fine... I can't say I'd recommend it long-term, but it doesn't make a car undrivable.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:28 PM   #6
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Great. Thanks. Yea, new ones are definitely gettin put on soon.

Also, I think that shock is completwly done... Theres rattling and everything.

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bump steer , tire wear, tire blowouts are all an issue
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