New Shock Absorbers

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Dear Bob,
About a month ago I noticed that my Toyota Corola needed some help. When I hit only minor bumps in the road it feels like the back of the car swerves sideways. I don't have money to get it fixed if it is major. My dad pushed down on the back end of the car and it came up promptly so he doesn't think it is the shocks. What do you think it might be? I'm rarely drive over 55 mph because I don't want to lose control as it is pretty bad and I know that I'm going to have to have it looked at soon.
Beverly G.

Just because the car comes back up doesn't mean that the shocks are NOT bad. You see, a lot of people confuse the "bounce" with the shocks, but really, the car is pushed back by the springs, not the shocks. The shocks (actually called shock adsorber) slows down the rebound. When you push down firmly on the back of the car, and it promptly comes back up, does it bounce around (go down and up again) or does it stay up? This is the more appropriate way to check than just looking to see if it comes up. But most likely, you need shocks in the back.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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