A Guide to Diagnosing and Replacing Your Shocks

Shocks do far more than just give you a comfortable ride. The shocks  play an important role in the stability, handling, and braking of your Toyota. That being said, shocks are one of the most overlooked parts when it comes to maintenance. Worn shocks aren’t as obvious as a worn brakes, for example.

As a Toyota owner, it’s important to maintain your shocks. This guide has all the information you need about diagnosing bad shocks, replacing your shocks, and more.

Diagnosing Your Shocks

OEM TRD shock

Worn shocks are a pretty big deal because they reduce your car’s ride quality and hinder your ability to control the vehicle. If your shocks are pushing 50,000 miles (or if they’ve already passed that point), then it’s time to look out for the most common symptoms of worn shocks and diagnose the issue if needed.

This guide has a list of the symptoms of a worn shock and step-by-step instructions on diagnosing the issue: 3 Steps to Diagnosing Failing Shocks

Buying Replacement Shocks

When you determine that you’ve got worn shocks, then a replacement is in order. One of the first decisions you have to make is whether to buy OEM or aftermarket shocks. OEM is the better option because:

  • OEM shocks have guaranteed quality and fitment
  • OEM shocks are more affordable in the long stretch
  • It’s easy to find OEM shocks that are designed just for your car

This article goes into more detail about this: 3 Great Reasons to Use OEM Toyota Shocks Instead of Aftermarket Shocks

Replacing Your Shocks

Before deciding to bring your Toyota to a shop and spend hundreds of dollars on labor, you should consider replacing the shocks yourself. With the right tools, replacing a pair of shocks is an easy job even a beginner could tackle without much trouble.

For a comprehensive step-by-step guide on replacing the shocks on your Toyota, check out this tutorial: How to Replace Your Toyota Shocks

If you have any questions about your shocks that were not addressed in this article, you’re welcome to reach out to us.

Written by Jason Lancaster