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Old 06-12-2021, 03:29 PM   #1
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Shocks age question

In June 2015 I had Spartan change out my shocks and put Koni's on. Made a world of difference. So fast forward to now ... (remember the coach sat for 2020) ... I've put on quite a few miles the last couple of months and the roads are bad ... I'm being bounced around when I hit pot holes. I don't remember having this much bounce or bottoming out before. Can shocks go bad? Or age out? I have 60,000 miles on the coach. Alignment is good, just had it done recently at Josams in Orlando. Tires are good ... all new in October 2019. Thoughts? Is it just that the roads have gotten so bad?
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Lynn, I wouldn't expect Koni shocks to wear out in 60,000 miles, but it's certainly possible. If you happen to be near Josam's again, I suspect they could check the shocks for you and render an opinion on their state of health.

Regarding the general condition of the "highways & byways," my sense is that they get worse every year.
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One way to check shocks is to drive the coach for a half hour and then with a infra-red temp sensor check the temp on the side of each shock. There should be at least a 20 degree difference between the shock and other metal parts that are close to shocks. When going down the road the shocks are moving fluid which heats up the shocks and we see the temp change. If not working the shock will not have the temp change.
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One way to check shocks is to drive the coach for a half hour and then with a infra-red temp sensor check the temp on the side of each shock. There should be at least a 20 degree difference between the shock and other metal parts that are close to shocks. When going down the road the shocks are moving fluid which heats up the shocks and we see the temp change. If not working the shock will not have the temp change.
It another great day, I learned something new today. You know I am going to have to try that next time I have the coach out.
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Great question Lynn. We had the Koni's put on in 2016 and I was thinking the same thing on the last trip. I'll be checking out the temps on the next road trip. Thanks Tom..!
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One way to check shocks is to drive the coach for a half hour and then with a infra-red temp sensor check the temp on the side of each shock. There should be at least a 20 degree difference between the shock and other metal parts that are close to shocks. When going down the road the shocks are moving fluid which heats up the shocks and we see the temp change. If not working the shock will not have the temp change.
Clarification please ... should the shocks be approximately 20 degrees hotter than the metal parts close? Thanks, Lynn
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:24 AM   #7
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Lynn the shocks can go bad but I doubt yours are bad. One thing you might want to try is weighing your coach again. Since you now travel alone, you might be able to de-flate your tires a little which would help the ride.

Coming back from the A.I.M. rally, Ginny made the same comment about the roads. They're just beating us up so we decided to start having shorter travel days or at least make more pit stops on the road.
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Clarification please ... should the shocks be approximately 20 degrees hotter than the metal parts close? Thanks, Lynn
Lynn,

Yes, the shocks should be hotter.
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