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See the above video for a simple way to test your shocks. I have used this method (bounce test) for many years.


We have a winner. Do a bounce test. If your car fails, you need your shock/struts replaced.

There is no hard and fast mileage requirement. Live in an area where the roads are cratered with potholes or do off-roading, your shocks/struts will wear faster. Drive the suburbia roads and you could literally go 200K miles with the same shock/struts.

However, as they wear the wear is very gradual. You really won't notice any play or slop in the suspension until it gets bad. As long as you don't have oil leaking or broken seals, as long as the car isn't "sagging" (sign of a blow strut/shock and/or collapsed spring) and you pass the bounce test. You're OK. If you're unhappy with handling or you're getting a lot of dive (the nose plunging down) when you hard brake, probably need replacement.
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