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One of my shocks is not working. Help?

Old 06-25-2009, 06:04 AM
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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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Old 06-25-2009, 06:07 AM
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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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Originally Posted by marccaracer View Post
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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Originally Posted by SQC049 View Post
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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Originally Posted by marccaracer View Post
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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Originally Posted by scwrod View Post
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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Originally Posted by helgso View Post
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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