USEFUL TIPS

COMMON FITTING TIPS
  • The piston rod should not be held with any tools (mole grips etc), as this causes damage to the surface of the piston rod and cause leaking of the oil seals.
  • Water, oil or other liquids should not be put inside the strut housing as it may damage the cartridge. As per design, TRAX cartridges can be used without liquid at both high and low temperatures.
  • Impact wrench should not be used to tighten a nut onto a piston rod. It can make the torque higher than the recommended limit.
  • Only fitting parts (nuts, spacers, washers etc) supplied with the TRAX shock absorber should be used rather than the OE parts which can be at times of different sizes.
  • Always fit Shock absorbers in pairs.
  • Shock absorbers should always be primed before fitting – the unit should be fully extended and compressed 3 times to remove air pockets inside the shock.
  • Before tightening upper mountings always make sure the vehicle is back on all 4 wheels.
  • COIL SPRINGS
    • When replacing coil springs always use an appropriate spring compressor tool.
    • Always fit Coil springs in pairs, to ensure even ride height and also to ensure the vehicle doesn’t pull to one side when braking.
    • When compressing springs be careful, they can cause serious injury if they come loose during installation.
    • Before replacing broken or worn springs check spring seats and top mountings for damage.
    • Check that the springs are seated correctly after installation.
    • After installation always check the wheel alignment.
    • TRAX always recommends replacing shock absorbers at the same time as springs as worn or broken spring can damage shock absorbers and other suspension components.
    • A number of coil springs are side load springs which look a little like a banana in shape. They exert a side force on the shock absorber which reduces the friction between the shock absorber piston rod and the seal which improves shock absorber response and extends the shock absorber life.
    NEED TO CHANGE SHOCKS

    Steering Wheel Vibrates Bald Patches on Tires Car Nose
    Dives when Breaking
    Car veers Excessively
    in Side Winds
    Car Does Not Hug the Road
    On Bends
    Oil Sleeps From Your
    Shock Absorbers
    Excessive Bounce on
    Rough Surfaces
    Dented or Damaged Housing