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Understanding Shock Absorber Seizure: Causes and Solutions


In the realm of automotive maintenance, encountering seized shock absorbers after a vehicle has been lifted on a hoist is not an uncommon occurrence. This phenomenon occurs due to the wear and tear of internal valves within the shock absorbers, which can ultimately lead to their failure.

When a vehicle is raised on a hoist for service or repairs, the shock absorbers are fully extended, exposing the internal components to increased stress. Over time, especially in older or heavily used vehicles, these internal valves may become worn or damaged. As a result, they can lose their ability to regulate the flow of hydraulic fluid effectively, causing the shock absorbers to seize solid in their extended position. 

Once shock absorbers seize, they become unable to compress or extend, severely compromising the vehicle's suspension system and ride quality. At this point, replacement becomes the only viable option to restore proper functionality and ensure safe driving conditions.

At Abbotts Auto Care, we understand the frustration and inconvenience of dealing with seized shock absorbers. Our expert technicians are equipped to diagnose and address issues with your vehicle's suspension system, including the replacement of faulty shock absorbers. With our reliable service and quality parts, we'll have your vehicle back on the road, riding smoothly and safely in no time. Trust us to provide the solutions you need to keep your vehicle running at its best.