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Checking damper units

Almost all modern cars have hydraulic telescopic dampers in their suspension systems. Read more

Checking engine dampers

There may be one or two dampers, usually mounted between a bracket on the cylinder head and another on the bulkhead. Read more

How to replace dampers

Look at the unit carefully to make sure that it is not damaged, and that the mountings are the right type. Read more

Replacing lever-arm dampers

A lever-arm damper on the front often acts as part of the suspension unit. Read more

Renewing MacPherson-strut inserts

When the damper inside a MacPherson strut wears out, you can buy a replacement cartridge which — depending on type — may or may not include new parts for the strut itself. Read more

How car springs and dampers work

The suspension system affects both the driver's control of the car and the comfort of the occupants. The springs allow the wheels to move up to absorb bumps in the road and reduce jolting, while the dampers prevent bouncing up and down. Various mechanical links keep the wheels in line. Read more

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