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Maintaining contact with the road

The shock absorber is part of the car suspension and, in conjunction with springs, limits excessive suspension movement of a vehicle. A defective shock absorber (damper) considerably compromises the driving safety. Fortunately, the suspension of a car can easily be tested.

Shock absorber design

There are many different damping constructions. The central task of this module is reducing the speed of the bouncing movement of the wheel to make driving on rough ground more comfortable. In average cars the system with shock absorber and spring has been proven most effective. Together they form the suspension strut, carrying the car's entire weight. The shock absorber sits on the front axle in the centre of the coil spring. This construction is both complicated and dangerous. Therefore it is of the utmost importance to only use the appropriate tools when replacing shock absorbers.

Makeshift solutions can end fatally!

On the rear axle of family cars, the torsion or coil springs sit apart from the shock absorber, making its replacement considerably easier. Actually, the shock absorber is nothing else but a gas spring, consisting of a cylinder with a piston in it. The cylinder contains compressed gas. The downward movement of the piston compresses the gas even more, causing counter-pressure. The car moves upward together with the spring, dampening the effect of bumps, considerably adding to driving comfort.

Defects of the suspension strut

The Achilles' heel of a gas spring is always the gasket between cylinder and piston. The permanent pressure causes it to gradually loose its effect. The pressurised gas escapes and the shock absorber becomes inoperative. The following symptoms occur:

  • a "spongy" driving quality
  • longer braking distance
  • driving through a curve is difficult
  • screeching tyres
  • the car pulls to one side during driving.

The functionality of the shock absorbers can be simply tested. Park the car and forcefully press the car downwards at every corner. If the car bounces back several times, the shock absorbers are definitely defective and must be replaced. However, only a diagnosis in a garage offers absolute certainty.

Replacing the shock absorber

On the rear axle, replacement of the shock absorber should be easy. The car is jacked up sufficiently for the wheel to hang and the shock absorber to be totally slack. It can now be screwed off and replaced. On the front axle, the replacement of a suspension strut is considerably more difficult. The challenge is compressing the coil spring to enable the removal of the internal shock absorber. A coil spring can build up an enormous amount of pressure: naturally, as it should be able to safely dampen a vehicle weighing up to several tons. Only compression tools are allowed which are exactly suited for this task. No attempts with tension belts should be made. It is simply too dangerous.

Quality for shock absorbers and spring struts

Although a shock absorber is a relatively complex component, prices are generally moderate. When buying a new suspension it all strongly depends on the value of the car or how long it is supposed to run the road. The shop offers cheap struts as well. Their life span and function reflect the price. Absolute safety is only obtained by choosing quality. Branded products are always the best choice, even if this means paying over 100 euro (c.£90) for a set of shock absorbers.


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Shocks RIDEX 854S0022
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Telescopic Shock Absorber
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Bottom eye, Top pin
  • Max. Length [mm]: 709
  • Min. Length [mm]: 473
  • Piston Rod Diameter [mm]: 11
  • Weight [kg]: 2,000
  • Length [mm]: 473, 708
  • Bore Ø [mm]: 27
  • Condition:  new
Shocks 854S0022 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0022
£ 21,39
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Shock absorbers BILSTEIN 19-109572
  • Fitting Position: Rear Axle
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Absorber does not carry a spring
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Bottom eye, Top pin
  • Product line: - B4 OE Replacement
  • Condition:  new
Shock absorbers 19-109572 cheap in original quality
BILSTEIN | 19-109572
£ 44,42
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Struts MONROE 23950
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Telescopic Shock Absorber
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Bottom eye, Top pin
  • Piston Rod Diameter [mm]: 11
  • Weight [kg]: 1,600
  • Length [mm]: 420, 631
  • Bore Ø [mm]: 25,4
  • Article number of recommended accessories: MK118, PK078
  • Packaging length [cm]: 60
  • Packaging width [cm]: 7,2
  • Packaging height [cm]: 7,2
  • Customs tariff number: 87088035
  • Condition:  new
Struts 23950 cheap in original quality
MONROE | 23950
£ 38,84
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Struts and shocks RIDEX 854S0010
  • Fitting Position: Rear Axle
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Suspension Strut
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Top eye, Bottom eye
  • Max. Length [mm]: 406
  • Min. Length [mm]: 267
  • Quantity per axle: 2
  • Condition:  new
Struts and shocks 854S0010 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0010
£ 24,94
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Dampers and shocks RIDEX 854S0006
  • Fitting Position: Front Axle
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Suspension Strut
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Top pin
  • Max. Length [mm]: 537
  • Min. Length [mm]: 377
  • Condition:  new
Dampers and shocks 854S0006 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0006
£ 41,62
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Suspension dampers RIDEX 854S0104
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube, adjustable/readjustable
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Telescopic Shock Absorber
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Top eye, Bottom eye
  • Suspension: for vehicles without electronic suspension control
  • Piston Rod Diameter [mm]: 12,4
  • Weight [kg]: 1,800
  • Replace in pairs only
  • Length [mm]: 314, 472
  • Bore Ø [mm]: 25,4
  • Condition:  new
Suspension dampers 854S0104 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0104
£ 27,45
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Suspension shocks RIDEX 854S0308
  • Fitting Position: Front Axle
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Suspension Strut
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Top pin, Bottom Plate
  • Max. Length [mm]: 512
  • Min. Length [mm]: 359
  • Condition:  new
Suspension shocks 854S0308 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0308
£ 46,13
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Shock absorber RIDEX 854S0317
  • Fitting Position: Rear Axle
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Spring-bearing Damper, Telescopic Shock Absorber
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Bottom eye, Top pin
  • Suspension: for vehicles with standard suspension
  • Max. Length [mm]: 633
  • Min. Length [mm]: 379
  • Piston Rod Diameter [mm]: 15
  • Suspension Strut Outer Diameter [mm]: 51
  • Condition:  new
Shock absorber 854S0317 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0317
£ 25,25
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Shocks BILSTEIN 19-103150
  • Fitting Position: Rear Axle
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Absorber does not carry a spring
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Bottom eye, Top pin
  • Product line: - B4 OE Replacement
  • Condition:  new
Shocks 19-103150 cheap in original quality
BILSTEIN | 19-103150
£ 42,54
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Shock absorbers RIDEX 854S0009
  • Fitting Position: Front Axle
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Suspension Strut
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Top pin, Bottom Plate
  • Length [mm]: 530, 335
  • Condition:  new
Shock absorbers 854S0009 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0009
£ 38,96
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Struts RIDEX 854S0103
  • Fitting Position: Rear Axle
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Telescopic Shock Absorber
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Top pin, Bottom eye
  • Max. Length [mm]: 414
  • Min. Length [mm]: 272
  • Condition:  new
Struts 854S0103 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0103
£ 19,80
(Price per item)
Condition:  new
Shock absorber
Struts and shocks RIDEX 854S0306
  • Fitting Position: Front Axle
  • Shock Absorber System: Twin-Tube
  • Shock Absorber Type: Gas Pressure
  • Shock Absorber Design: Suspension Strut
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Type: Top pin, Bottom Plate
  • Diameter [mm]: 25/55
  • Max. Length [mm]: 540
  • Min. Length [mm]: 358
  • Condition:  new
Struts and shocks 854S0306 cheap in original quality
RIDEX | 854S0306
£ 41,92
(Price per item)
Condition:  new