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To check the shock absorbers, with the car on the ground, bounce it up and down a few times at each corner. It should rebound and stop. If there is more movement, then the shocks are worn and need to be replaced. Also listen for noisy bushings on the shocks and in all other areas, while you bounce the car. Then visually inspect the shocks for fluid leakage and for bushing (grommet) wear. A front shock is shown here.