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    Hi all, a little advice if you can please.

    57 plate 1.9 CDTi Sri.

    I noticed a small oily drop on the driveway by the offside rear wheel. At first I suspected a leaking brake cylinder but I've had the wheel off and a really good look and can't see any leaks from the brake system. Also the level in the master cylinder is where it should be and the brakes work fine.

    What I did notice is that the bottom end of the shock absorber is covered in an oily substance and there was a drip waiting to drop. Now I thought that the shocks were gas filled not oil so I was a little perplexed to see a drip there - there is no evidence of a leak anywhere else that I can see, it is only the bottom end of the shock that is wet. Can anyone advise if a broken shock should drip?

    I did have a heavy load of floor tiles in the boot last weekend so maybe this could be the cause of a dead shock.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
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    That was exactly what happened to my nearside rear shock absorber when it finally failed, it leaked oil everywhere
    However for several months before this there was a banging noise from the rear, eventually traced to the failed shock absorber

    The leak from mine was colleting at the bottom of the mounting point, but clearly visible on the road surface under the car
    I went to a shop for about 10 minutes, then noticed it

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    Shocks do have oil in them - I think a leaky one is an MOT failure.
    High milage ?

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    They do have oil in mate yeah.
    Does sound like a failed shock.

    As above reason for MOT failure to

    In the plus side only 10 mins to change

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    Thanks for the quick replies.
    Mileage is 50k ish, not too high for a 57 plate - which is what made me think the heavy load had caused the damage. Now the bargain floor tiles don't seem such a bargain any more!
    I assume that I will have to replace the shocks as a pair and not just the failed one?
    Dave

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    Always best to replace them as a pair

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    Yep always replace anything to do with suspension, brakes or steering in pairs

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