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post #1 of 11 Old Apr 16th, 2017, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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my 10 years old xtrail showing age now, any one know what is below plastic / rubber tube wrapped around the suspension? found all of them is broken while changing tyre, thanks for sharing of experience.



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post #2 of 11 Old Apr 16th, 2017, 07:26 PM
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Shock absorber boot.
It keeps the dirt away.
If dirt get in there scratching that cylinder, the seals won't do their job and the shock absorber will leak(no good)

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post #3 of 11 Old Apr 16th, 2017, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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thanks a lot, looks like i would need to have them replaced then...

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Shock absorber boot.
It keeps the dirt away.
If dirt get in there scratching that cylinder, the seals won't do their job and the shock absorber will leak(no good)

HO MALA?
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post #4 of 11 Old Apr 16th, 2017, 08:10 PM
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If your suspension is due for a change, it comes with the new shocks.
They have to take the spring out and realign the car.
Imo versus new shocks i would wait untill it leaks and change them then.

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thanks...my neighbor (here in Ontario) did a quick check, he pushed down the car a few time, to check how it bounced back, looks like the suspension still working fine.

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If your suspension is due for a change, it comes with the new shocks.
They have to take the spring out and realign the car.
Imo versus new shocks i would wait untill it leaks and change them then.

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hi Giantpanda....how did you post that nice big photo on here? i was using Imageshack or whatever but i just want quickly post a photo i have stored on my laptop .....this forum seems to want URLs . Am i missing something? I post pics on facebook and other websites/forums...they always just make it easy to grab a photo from my laptop or iphone and right away it is visible.
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I uploaded to TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting, just copy and paste back the image url for message board should work perfectly for you

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hi Giantpanda....how did you post that nice big photo on here? i was using Imageshack or whatever but i just want quickly post a photo i have stored on my laptop .....this forum seems to want URLs . Am i missing something? I post pics on facebook and other websites/forums...they always just make it easy to grab a photo from my laptop or iphone and right away it is visible.
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thanks...my neighbor (here in Ontario) did a quick check, he pushed down the car a few time, to check how it bounced back, looks like the suspension still working fine.
Otomodo is right: it is just a dust boot and frankly, most of them look like that after several seasons. You can see some rust or crud on the end of the shock, mainly because the boot is shredded and the shock is fully extended. Eventually, the seal at the other end will start to leak. Personally, I'd just keep an eye on it, look for leaks and give it the old bounce test from time to time. Dust boots alone aren't really something you replace, you just replace the whole unit.
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Thanks MikeHJ and Otomodo, much appreciate your comment, thanks a million! did a look at youtube, looks like the replacement is a pretty hassle, i will leave things there for now..thanks again


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Otomodo is right: it is just a dust boot and frankly, most of them look like that after several seasons. You can see some rust or crud on the end of the shock, mainly because the boot is shredded and the shock is fully extended. Eventually, the seal at the other end will start to leak. Personally, I'd just keep an eye on it, look for leaks and give it the old bounce test from time to time. Dust boots alone aren't really something you replace, you just replace the whole unit.
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oh ok, thank you..i will check that photo link out and give it a try.
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I replaced my front ones a couple of years ago and wrote a post with the different KYB parts I used. My rear ones are in similar shape to yours, but not leaking yet so I have just let them be. I may replace them this summer if I replace the struts, buts its too much of a pain to take them apart just for the boots. Mind you I wish there was an aftermarket solution that allowed you zip tie a wrap around the torn existing ones, so as to provide a bit of extended protection the exposed rod.
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