“Yaar naya shocker buhat mehnga, repair krwalete hain”. I am sure you must have heard this many times. Today we will discuss why you should use a New Shock Absorber and not get it repaired. These are the reasons, each is discussed in detail below.
- Doesn’t work
- Damages suspension
- Alignment never accurate
- Some become hard, some soft thus dampening function harmed
- Usually gas shockers now and the ones who repair usually make it an oil shock absorber which it isn’t supposed to be
A repaired Shock Absorber usually does not work mainly because it’s original functions are altered. Some of the details are covered in the other reasons in the article but precisely a repaired shock absorber will cause you problems every now and then.
As the Shock Absorber isn’t the same as the one which your car needs and that we know that the Shock Absorber is one of the most important parts of the suspension, a repaired Shock Absorber can damage other suspension components. It is only sensible to take care of your car and use a new Shock Absorber rather than saving a little amount of money, repairing a shock absorber and ending up spending more money because you will damage other suspension components.
Alignment never accurate
You may have noticed that sometimes your car goes towards the right/left when you leave the steering wheel. This is because your “wheel alignment” is not correct. Using a repaired shock absorber is one the reasons why your alignment is not correct. The repaired shock absorber isn’t what the car manufacturer set the wheels according to and thus your alignment can never be accurate, leading to an uncomfortable drive.
Some become hard, some soft thus dampening function harmed
As most of you may know, the major function of a Shock Absorber is dampening (reduction of vibrations etc). Now after a Shock Absorber becomes repaired, it may become too hard or too soft, both of which will seriously effect it’s dampening function and your shock absorber will not be making your ride comfortable in the way the new one used to. Better spend a bit and get comfort for a longer time, no?
Usually gas shockers now and the ones who repair usually make it an oil shock absorber which it isn’t supposed to be.
Nowadays, most manufacturers are making Gas Filled shock absorbers which mean that is what is best for your car. As far as Pakistan is concerned, our research tells us that most of the repaired shock absorbers become Oil Filled. Now if your car needs a Gas Filled one and you get it repaired after which the repair person turns it into oil filled one because of his resource limitations, you can estimate the outcome yourself, NOT a good one for sure!
Take care of your car, always use new Shock Absorbers and make sure your car gets the treatment it deserves!
Contributed by Faizan Bhagat Marketing & Sales Executive at Aziz Autos, a car spare parts store in Karachi. Other than automobiles, he enjoys writing, reading philosophy and looking at sunrises on beaches.