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Chevrolet Monte Carlo Shocks Struts

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo has been around since 1970 and was in continual production until 1988 when it was discontinued. In 1995, it was revived as a four-door sedan, which would remain in production until 2007. Replacing your Chevrolet Monte Carlo shocks and struts will help keep your classic ride in top shape as you drive.

How do you know when your shocks and struts fail?

A strut not only serves as part of the suspension system but also supports sideways loads. Most strut failure is gradual and signs of failure can include a bouncy ride or tire noise and popping or clicking noise even when the vehicle is not in motion. Another symptom of worn-out struts is if the front of the vehicle dips down when you apply the brakes. When replacing the struts, the strut mounts should also be replaced as this will prevent another repair bill in the near future.

The symptoms of worn-out shocks are similar to those of worn-out struts. They also include a bouncy ride, a feeling like the vehicle is going to roll when going around corners, and uneven tire wear. Worn-out shocks or structs can decrease the braking distance of the vehicle and effect its steering. Leaking hydraulic fluid and popping or grinding sounds are also signs that the shock needs to be replaced.

Can you use modern shocks on a vintage Monte Carlo?

If you own a classic vintage supercharged Monte Carlo model from the 1970s or 1980s, you may be wondering if modern shock absorbers will fit. The body and chassis design of the Monte Carlo changed significantly when it was reintroduced, so modern shock absorbers will not fit on vintage models. However, it is possible to rebuild the suspension to fit modern shock absorbers if you have an antique that you wish to restore.

What types of struts are available for a Chevy Monte Carlo?
  • MacPherson strut: Also called the coilover strut, this strut has a spring circling the top of it to increase its shock-absorbing ability.
  • Gas-charged strut: Also called gas struts, these struts are filled with pneumatic oils and gases that improve the performance of the struts by reducing the foaming found in oil-filled pneumatic struts.
  • Pneumatic strut: Also called a hydraulic strut, a pneumatic strut contains an oil that creates pressure that helps reduce the amount of shock generated from driving.
What are the most common types of shocks?
  • Basic twin-tube: Also referred to as a “two-tube” shock, this type of shock has two nested cylindrical tubes consisting of a pressure tube and a reserve tube. Hydraulic fluid moves between the different chambers to dissipate the energy of a shock from the road.
  • Twin-tube gas charged: Also known as a “gas cell two-tube” shock, this shock absorber is similar to the basic twin tube but a small amount of nitrogen gas is added to the reserve tube. This reduces foaming of the oil and prevents the shock from overheating as readily. Foaming can result in loss of hydraulic fluid and failure of the shock.