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Old 10-03-2016, 06:41 AM   #1
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rubber grommet on shock absorber

Upon inspection of our 2013 Airstream International I found that one of the rubber grommets on the front street side shock absorber is deteriorating (see attached picture). Does this need immediate attention or can it wait until we take her in for servicing?

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Old 10-03-2016, 10:48 AM   #2
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Well, there is usually a good amount of debate as to whether that horizontally mounted shock, with its very limited amount of travel, really does much anyway. So performance-wise it is debateable whether it even matters.

I guess your picture failed to attach, so I can't see the condition or the grommet, but the one thought I would have is that if the grommet were completely gone, then the shock would hammer against the mounting stud every time you hit a bump, which could, over time result in breaking the stud loose, and then you have a shock flopping around loose. Granted, this is worst case scenario. So a lot depends on the condition of the rubber (maybe try posting the picture again), and how long you expect to go before having it in for service.

good luck!

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Old 10-03-2016, 10:51 AM   #3
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Most of those rubber grommets are a standard size, some are glued in. I would look for a used one from a trash pile at a tire & front end shop
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:18 AM   #4
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I appreciate the responses. I'll get it repaired before my next long trip.

Again, thanks!
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