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Old 06-25-2009, 05:04 AM   #1
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Questions?? One of my shocks is not working. Help?

Seems like one of my shocks is having a problem. The front-left shock seems to be bent or something similar. It will not press together, it is locked in it's position. A closer examinition showed that a part of the sticks that move together is not right.

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Take the shock apart and you will likely find that the shaft is very bent. Replace it. Another possibility is the piston has come off.
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Rebuild all of your shocks
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Take the shock apart and you will likely find that the shaft is very bent. Replace it. Another possibility is the piston has come off.
+1 on this that is bent been there done that good luck
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That is a very badly bent shock shaft. Replace the shaft and you're good to go.
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That is a very badly bent shock shaft. Replace the shaft and you're good to go.
+1 This is definitely the problem.
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I can't believe you needed help on this one
It is pretty obvious.
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I would also replace the o-ring seals and spacers as long as you have it apart. The bent shaft has also damaged them probably.
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I would also replace the o-ring seals and spacers as long as you have it apart. The bent shaft has also damaged them probably.
Agreed. I would also rebuild all my shocks at the the same time. You should also inspect the rest of the car for damage. I would imagine that if a shot made a shock shaft bend that badly, others things may be damaged as well.
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I can't believe you needed help on this one
It is pretty obvious.
I was thinking the same thing.
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Thanks for the replies. Taking this shock apart, I found out that the screw at the top of the shock was very tight. Is it safe to heat it up with a hairdryer before removal?

Sorry, but what are the "o-rings" and "spacers"? :P
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Thanks for the replies. Taking this shock apart, I found out that the screw at the top of the shock was very tight. Is it safe to heat it up with a hairdryer before removal?

Sorry, but what are the "o-rings" and "spacers"? :P
O rings keep oil in, and dirt out of the shock but alow the shaft to move up and down. What car is this? I wouldnt heat it up, only if I couldnt get it out. What type of screw it is and where?
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O rings keep oil in, and dirt out of the shock but alow the shaft to move up and down. What car is this? I wouldnt heat it up, only if I couldnt get it out. What type of screw it is and where?
The screw is a hex screw. The RC Model is Losi LST Super Truck. I have the experience with stuck hex screws, that if I apply a lot of force, it will damage the screw. So, because I don't want to do that, can I heat it up?
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Hmm.....When I rebuilt my Muggy shocks with aluminum caps you need to take that screw out. If you can't get it out, heat it up a bit and take the short side of the L and put it on the screw, use pliers and turn it counterclockwise. I remember it coming out easy but I had better tools.
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That's a bleeder screw, to bleed air out (or in) you don't really have to remove that. The whole top of the shock should unscrew from the shock body.

(hmmmm... maybe I am wrong... see Chris's post above mine.)
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