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    A question about shock absorbers

    This might seem like a stupid question, but maybe the air suspension guru's know better. A couple of weeks back I had to change brake pads on the front of my 2002 Rangie P38, while doing them I noticed that the shock (left front) was leaking quite bad. We phoned around for prices but shipment would only be in ZA in 3 weeks time. Fortunately my 96 P36 is still not running so used one from there. We bought shocks (Britpart) last week but when putting them in I notice that it takes considerable strength to extend them but very little force to push it back in.Is this right for the air suspension or should it still need about the same force to push back in?Please help me as I use the vehicle on a daily basis 50/50 tar and rough off roadThanks in advance
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    Default Re: A question about shocks

    The job of the shock absorber or strut insert is to dampen the oscillations or bouncing caused by suspension coils as they pass over bumps in the road.
    The springs hold the vehicle up and absorb the bumps as you drive and when the suspension rebounds after the bump, that is when the shock does the most of it's work.
    It does have a damping effect on compression, but the major work is done on extension where it controls the energy built up in the springs/airbags. Additionally, they control vehicle attitude and stability when cornering.

    It's worth noting that the specified shocks for a vehicle are meant to be used with the OEM specified tyres as they are designed as a SYSTEM to give optimum performance.

    https://www.monroe.com.au/what-are-shocks/shock-absorbers-explained.html
    https://www.showa1.com/en/product/au..._absorber.html
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    Default Re: A question about shocks

    Thanks John, will read through the links as well
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