How To Diagnose Failing Shocks On Your Volkswagen

Is it time for new shocks yet? Let's find out!

Whether your Volkswagen is showing symptoms of worn shocks or you just want to see if your shocks are still good, you can take a few minutes to check how your shocks are doing. We're going to show you how to do a DIY inspection of your shocks. You don't need any special tools to do this. All you need is this tutorial.

Signs of Worn Shocks

When your shocks are no longer in good shape, your car will bounce more than usual and its ride quality is drastically reduced. Certain noticeable symptoms will crop up. More specifically, you'll experience:

  • Bouncy ride
  • Unsteadiness on the road, even in mild winds
  • Uneven wear on the tires
  • Nosediving or swerving when the brakes are applied
  • Excessive vibration in the steering wheel, especially at high speeds
  • Vehicle rocking, rolling, and rattling when driving over bumps
  • Increased stopping distances

Checking Your Shocks

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To see if any of your shocks has gone bad, you need to bounce your car. Yes, it's as easy as it sounds. To do this:

  1. Park your Volkswagen on a flat and level surface.
  2. Go to one corner and then use your body weight to push down on the car hard and then let go in one swift motion.
  3. Observe how the car reacts: Does the car return to an at-rest position? The shock at that corner is still good. Does the car bounce once before returning to an at-rest position? The shock is still OK, but it's about to go bad. Does the car bounce more than once? The shock is bad, and you need to replace it as soon as possible.
  4. Repeat with all the other shocks on your car.

What if You Need to Replace Your Shocks?

Did one (or more) of your shocks fail the bounce test? It needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Actually, it's wise to replace your shocks in pairs to ensure even performance.

If you want your Volkswagen to ride right, don’t go out and buy the cheapest shocks you can get your hands on. They’ll perform poorly and possibly fail early. If you want your replacement shocks to perform well and last a long time, get OEM shocks.

Even though OEM shocks are high quality, a lot of people are hesitant to get them because they cost a pretty penny. We’ll let you in on a secret: you can get OEM shocks at wholesale prices online. We carry genuine OEM Volkswagen parts, including shocks and struts. Do a search on your Volkswagen model and you’ll get the right part number(s) for your car.

Got any questions about inspecting your shocks? Contact us. We would love to answer your questions!