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    Default WHen is it time for new shocks

    Okay I am a bit of a newb and not really mechanically inclined. I bought a 97 Jeep with 114,000 miles. I have no idea when the shocks were changed last, but here is my question. I have a rattle, clunk or whatever you want to call it when I hit small bumps at a slow speed. She doesn't stop well, and gets a little squirrelly sometimes at higher speeds. It has a 2 or 3 inch lift but when I shake it it takes a few rocks to settle. I have seen that this can be a test for worn shocks, but at the same time with the lift and 33s I figure it should rock a little more than normal anyway. So I guess getting to the point, could it be time for new shocks and could that solve all of the problems. Did I mention that the clunking seemed to start or be more noticable after I took it offroad. The previous owner never left the pavement, leading me to wonder if this could have pushed worn shocks over the edge. Thanks for any input.

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    The rule of thumb is 50K for a decent set of shocks/struts. That is typical of highway driving, when mixing in off-roading, it all depends on the terrain your are traveling, but I would drop a 1/3 of the 50K per set.
    I've seen a date stamp on the lower section (approx 2" up from the shock mount) of the ones I've removed from various vehicles.

    What model/type Jeep are you driving? If it's a TJ, some people don't/haven't disengaged their sway bar attached to the front axle before off-roading and tweek something up there <---could be the reason for the extra noise (just a thought).

    Later, T.J.

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    It's a 97 Sport. The previous owner never took it off road and the one before that probably did not either judging by all of the chrome he added. I am going to take it by the shop later today to have them take a look at it.

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    If the shocks are original I would say it is definitely time for some new ones. Most shock are done at about 50,000 like Java said. With the way shocks are made these days, better valving and all, the bouce test isn't real accurate. Another thing to look for is any leakage on the tubes. If you see any fluid that means the seals are going bad.
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