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Old 06-21-2009, 02:04 PM   #1
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Shock replacement - all or one?

One of the shocks on my 1979 Tradewind is leaking fluid. Obviously I need to replace it but the other 3 shocks appear OK. Can I replace only the bad shock or do I need to replace them all to match? I understand I should only use the approved Gabriel shock.

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Old 06-21-2009, 02:45 PM   #2
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You should at least change the other shock on that same axle. At least that's what we prefer to do in the shop I work at.
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Old 06-21-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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One of the shocks on my 1979 Tradewind is leaking fluid. Obviously I need to replace it but the other 3 shocks appear OK. Can I replace only the bad shock or do I need to replace them all to match? I understand I should only use the approved Gabriel shock.

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You have the same mileage on all the shocks. The others should be right behind the first one. 30 years is a long time for shocks.

Replacing them all, will leave you with peace of mind for another long period of time.

While your at it, you should add a set of Centramatic balancers, and be done with that problem too.

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Old 06-21-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
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My 2 cents - change all of them. That's what I do on all my vehicles, change all four shocks/struts at the same time.
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Old 06-21-2009, 06:42 PM   #5
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Thank you all very much for your quick responses. Turns out another one is a bit "wet" so I'll be replacing them all anyway.

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