ACDelco ADVANTAGE GAS CHARGED SHOCKS

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FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Super-finished chromed piston rod helps resist corrosion and provides a more consistent wear surface
  • Piston seal adjusts as it wears to maintain a tight seal between the piston and pressure tube. This minimizes leak paths to help with a long, consistent, product life
  • O-ring provides constant pressure to the inner tube and helps minimize the amount of dirt, wear, and fatigue the valve may be susceptible to; helping optimize the valve’s service life
  • Drawn over mandrel (DOM) pressure cylinder for a smooth surface and minimal resistance, resulting in maximum service life

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PRODUCT DETAILS


ACDelco Advantage Gas Charged Shocks are an economical, twin-tube option for your passenger car, van, SUV, or light duty truck. These gas charged shocks include super-finished chromed piston rods, oil seal with integrated dirt wiper, durable piston valve assembly, and a drawn over mandrel (DOM) pressure cylinder. ACDelco Advantage Gas Charged Shocks are tested to help ensure vehicle fit and quality ride.

WARRANTY


12 Month/Unlimited Mile Limited Warranty: ACDelco offers a 12 month/Unlimited mile limited warranty on Advantage Gas Charged Shocks. Effective on parts purchased April 1, 2018 and later to the original retail purchaser. Contact seller for limited warranty part details, qualifications, and possible labor coverage.

FAQs


Is there a difference between a shock and a strut?
Yes, though shocks and struts perform a similar function, they vary greatly in their design. Struts are an integral part of a vehicle’s suspension system, providing structural support for the vehicle. Shocks work separately from any structural function, simply absorbing and damping the bumps from the road.

 

Do gas charged shocks or struts contain oil?
Yes, all shocks and struts use hydraulic fluid (oil) to control damping. A gas charged shock or strut uses high-pressure nitrogen gas to minimize oil foaming during high-speed damping, and therefore maintains performance.

 

Can I check my vehicle’s shocks for wear?
Yes, it is possible to do a quick check at home for wear on your vehicle’s shocks or struts. You can look for any physical damage to the shock or strut housing or any leaking – this is especially common on rear units that tend to have stones kicked up by the front wheels. You can also perform a bounce test by taking each corner of the vehicle and pushing down hard. The corner should drop, rise and settle again. If the body continues to move up and down, there’s a good chance your shocks need to be replaced.

Though these home tests can indicate worn shocks or struts, it is also recommended that you take your vehicle to a qualified service technician and let them do a thorough inspection. Refer to your owner’s manual for frequency.

 

Should I have my vehicle aligned after replacing my shocks or struts?
Yes, if you are replacing your vehicle’s struts. However, it is not necessary to get your vehicle aligned when replacing your vehicle’s shocks unless there was or is a previous issue.

 

Do I need different shocks for front, rear, left, or right applications?
Yes, it is important to choose the correct shock or strut for your vehicle model and year, as well as for the location in the vehicle.

MAINTENANCE TIPS


Your vehicle’s shocks and struts slowly deteriorate over time, though this wear is normally difficult to detect. To maximize your vehicle’s ride comfort, it is recommended to replace your vehicle’s shocks and struts every 50,000 miles. Worn shocks and struts can also cause additional wear to other vehicle components. Affected components include:

• Brakes
• Tie rods
• Ball joints
• Tires

 

To inspect your shocks and struts to gauge wear, check for:

• Leaking oil or wetness along the body of the shock or strut.
• Broken mounts, worn or missing bushings.
• Broken, damaged, or missing mounting hardware.
• Severely dented reservoir tube, bent or scratched piston rod.
• Cupped tire wear.
• Damaged strut body springs, seats, and bushings.
• Defective strut bearing or missing plate.

 

Occasionally, twin-tube designs are misdiagnosed as defective due to the settling of oil during storage, which causes the shock or strut to seem soft or “dead”.

• Priming a shock will return all oil/gas content to its intended position & ensure proper operation of the unit.
• Based on application, not all struts will prime regularly.
• To prime a shock or a strut, compress and release the piston rod a few times until the full resistance of the shock returns.

 

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