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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-15-2017, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts On When To Replace Factory Shocks & Struts

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When would you look to replace factory shocks and struts? I was always told between 40k and 45k miles is when to replace them....but that was on pickup trucks.

I think mine are getting a bit tired at 56k. I have the Lifetime Warranty.

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I might replace stock with aftermarket when it comes time to
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Shocks are actually a wear item and are not covered under most warranties.... this said, my guess is it's time.

Our JKU eats rear shocks due to it's use and weight. Our reservoir shocks only lasted 25k miles and we killed a set of mono-tubes in 5k miles. So, we now run Fox shocks that are rebuild-able (which we do annually). ~15-20k depending on trips as this rig is only a toy.

My point to this is it depends largely on your use. Dry or dusty environments decrease life, gravel or washboard use decreases life, whoops and dips decreases life..... IMO I use 50-60k miles as a best case and then de-rate based on use.
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Actually in my previous 3 Jeeps I have never had to replace struts/shocks. One had up to 3 years/70k and was fine. That was also a tow vehicle for my boat.
The other 2 were 9+ years and tow vehicles also.
As was mentioned it depends a lot on conditions and use. You might actually start to feel more bonce in the vehicle especially the rear. Especially if you tow.
If I remember correctly you tow heavy and a lot of miles so its very likely your Shocks should be checked for leakage etc. You might very well be at the limit of useful life.
That could also hurt your tires and vehicle control.

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That could also hurt your tires and vehicle control.
^^^This

Many times, poor tire wear (cupping) is the first indication the shocks are not keeping the tire on the road.

I will add though that most failures I have seen are with the gas-precharge that keeps the oil from cavitating under use. This would be impossible to test without removing from the Jeep and cycling to simulate road vibrations.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I am 99.9% sure my Mopar Lifetime Warranty covers shocks and struts. It was one of the selling points for me. I might make an appointment next week for them to take a gander.
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Actually in my previous 3 Jeeps I have never had to replace struts/shocks. One had up to 3 years/70k and was fine. That was also a tow vehicle for my boat.
The other 2 were 9+ years and tow vehicles also.
As was mentioned it depends a lot on conditions and use. You might actually start to feel more bonce in the vehicle especially the rear. Especially if you tow.
If I remember correctly you tow heavy and a lot of miles so its very likely your Shocks should be checked for leakage etc. You might very well be at the limit of useful life.
That could also hurt your tires and vehicle control.
Correct. You are a good stalker person.
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I have to replace my front struts @ around 40,000 miles. The estimate is $1700 Cdn for 2. I am flabbergasted! This is the first time that I have had to do this on any one of my cars. It is only just over 3 years old!
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Thanks for the tips guys. I am 99.9% sure my Mopar Lifetime Warranty covers shocks and struts. It was one of the selling points for me. I might make an appointment next week for them to take a gander.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't companies consider shocks and struts as wear and tear items, much like brakes, tires, and oil changes?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't companies consider shocks and struts as wear and tear items, much like brakes, tires, and oil changes?
Most do yes (That's what I initially said), but you never know what things will be promised to entice people to jump into an extended warranty.

....Kinda like Auto Zone giving a lifetime warranty on brakes. Their gamble is that people with forget, sell the vehicle, or not make it to another set. Just like MANY people never replace shocks and struts or run them well past their life.
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