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Old 07-22-2015, 10:43 PM   #1
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Brand New Bilstein Shock Leaking

I put new Bilstein shocks on my 95 Win Brave P30 chassis, I have rear airbags which are kept at 35psi.



Bilstein 24-015875 Rear Shock

Just returned from 1400 miles trip, and the right rear shock is leaking, puddle under the shock mount and shock is covered in oil.

Although I have not weighed my MH, I was not towing, maybe 20 gal of water, and not over packed on food and clothes, I would think that I am not overweight in the rear.

The MH drove good, and I did not even notice the shock leaking until I got home.

Could this be just a "bad" shock? Can't remember hitting thing hard, (pot hole) etc...


What would be the cause of a brand new shock doing this?

Just searched through my emails, and could not find where I purchased them at, so I guess I will have to warranty it through bilstein.
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It's either a defective shock or there's some interference between the shock and a body or chassis component when the shock is extended or retracted. It should be fairly easy to tell. If there's an interference point there should be signs of rubbing or scraping. If there aren't any marks it's probably just a defective unit.


Bilstein shocks have a lifetime guarantee against oil leaks. The only components not guaranteed for life are the rubber mounting bushings. If you have your receipt you can call Bilstein and ask how to get a replacement. They won't pay for the labor to remove the old shock and install the new one, but the will give you a new shock.


You might want to take a few pictures showing the installation and the leak. Once it's removed also take a picture of the exact place it's leaking. They may not be necessary, but it never hurts to be prepared if questions come up.
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It's either a defective shock or there's some interference between the shock and a body or chassis component when the shock is extended or retracted. It should be fairly easy to tell. If there's an interference point there should be signs of rubbing or scraping. If there aren't any marks it's probably just a defective unit.


Bilstein shocks have a lifetime guarantee against oil leaks. The only components not guaranteed for life are the rubber mounting bushings. If you have your receipt you can call Bilstein and ask how to get a replacement. They won't pay for the labor to remove the old shock and install the new one, but the will give you a new shock.


You might want to take a few pictures showing the installation and the leak. Once it's removed also take a picture of the exact place it's leaking. They may not be necessary, but it never hurts to be prepared if questions come up.
Good point about interference, will have to check when I remove it, I have not removed the shock yet, will take pics like you said, not worried about the labor cost, I did them my self.
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