How do I know when my shocks are not working?

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 Posted: Oct 26, 2019 05:29PM
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Rule of thumb was 80,000kms (about 4 years) life expectancy. You may be right.

 Posted: Oct 15, 2019 08:26AM
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As said by Ken, oily film on the shock housing near the chrome rod. Shocks don't last forever, yours is 7 plus years old.

 Posted: Oct 14, 2019 07:29AM
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Originally Posted by elekberg
My 2012 Mini is a pretty rough ride these days. Up until 6 months ago, or so, the ride was pretty smooth. Now every bump is almost jarring.

Any thoughts? 
Which body style and model?
How many miles on the current suspension?
Are you using runflat tires?

The 'old way' to check functionality of shocks was to bounce the corner of the car up and down and see how many cycles it takes to stop bouncing after you let go. But the MINIs are so firm I had trouble using this method, it always stopped right away.

Another indication is to check the exterior of the shock housing to see if there are any oily residue which indicates failed seals, and thus failing shocks.

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My 2012 Mini is a pretty rough ride these days. Up until 6 months ago, or so, the ride was pretty smooth. Now every bump is almost jarring.

Any thoughts?