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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 09:27 PM
Erik
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Yesterday, I was underneath my car and noticed that the right front shock seemed to have oil all over it. The only thing I can think of is that one of the seals blew. I didn't really have time to check it out, though, as it was getting late. I haven't noticed any difference in the way the car handles, but I can't think of any other reason the shock would have oil on it. I know of at least one person (MIKE454SS) who had HAL shocks blow. I figured I'd call the company and see what they had to say, but thought I'd check on the Forum too. It seems hard to believe that the shock could be blown and I wouldn't feel a difference, but it definitely had oil on it and I don't know where else it could come from. Maybe it didn't blow, but it burped? I don't know.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 10:17 PM
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I don't know what the seals in them are made of, but they cannot take cold weather...to be honest, for a ridiculously expensive suppossedly "high quality" shock, I was VERY VERY dissapointed with them. If you can't design a product to survive in cold weather, you shouldn't be in business. I had them rebuilt under warranty (because all 4 blew in less than a year) and sold them to Noel...far as I know they're doing great on his Impala out in Cali where it doesn't get NEARLY as cold as MA or in your case CT.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 07:27 AM
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Well, I thought of you when I saw it. I'll see what the company has to say. I have a feeling I'm out of warranty now, but we'll see. It seems weird, though, that I haven't noticed any difference in handling.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 02:15 AM
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one guy in the area had his adjustment screw fall out. fluid went every where. i have also heard a few people wonder about the quality these days.
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 11:07 AM
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Thanks. The adjustor is definitely still there. It looks like oil is running down from the top of the shock. I haven't had a chance to call the company yet, but I'll post the response when I do.
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 11:09 PM
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My buddy found a place to repair them. I think it was $65 if it was not a major issue. I ask him to post the name and #.
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 07:33 AM
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Thing is for the money involved here they shouls last a long time before needing rebuilding, and for the cost of rebuilding you could just buy Bilsteins that WILL last. Granted they are not adjustable, but they are a good shock.
The cold weather thing is what has stopped my from buying at least front Hals winter here drops to teens below zero, I am not going to spend $500 on a set of shocks only to have to spend another $300+(rebuilding plus shipping) every spring. There are a lot more cost effective ways to make the car hook up.
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 09:15 AM
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From what I understand, the parts and instructions are available to rebuild them yourself. Have you e-mailed QA1 about the problem?
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 10:08 AM
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I haven't gotten in touch with them yet. Things have been more than a little hectic. I'll post back here with what they say when I do. I would much rather rebuild it myself than ship it out, if that's possible. I agree, by the way, that for the money these things cost, this should not be an issue.
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