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Old 05-22-2018, 09:48 PM   #1
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What’s a good way to tell if shocks are going bad?

I have a 2002 Newmar KOUNTRY STAR DP with 85k miles. I have owned it for about a year and a half. It has Bilstein shocks that are guaranteed for life. How can I tell if they’re bad? The rubber boot on the front shock looks to be loose. Ride is not bad, but very much affected by wind. Just installed Safe T Steer, which helped a lot. Any ideas?
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Old 05-23-2018, 06:03 AM   #2
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One - if oil is leaking down the side of shock, or
Two you remove the shock and find there is no (or weak) resistance to compressing or expanding by hand.

The rubber boot will appear loose as the bottom of the boot is not attached to anything.

On cars you could bounce on the bumper and see how many times the car rebounded, but these coaches are too heavy to do that. If you were to drive at a slow speed (say 5 mph) and slam on the brakes then release, the nose will dive down. If the coach then bounces up and down more than 2 or 3 times I would say the shocks could be faulty.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:11 AM   #3
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We have a bridge transition not too far from the house that is a good test of shocks. As mentioned, if it bounces more than two or three times then it may be time to pull the shocks for the resistance test.
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