Posted this in the JK Tech Forum but figured this forum might get more bites. I'm on vacation from Oklahoma and currently in Durango. Heading up to Silverton/Ouray area tomorrow morning and discovered my passenger side rear shock has some oil residue on it. May not be a big deal but I'd like to take it to a shop to have it checked out just to be on the safe side so can anyone recommend a good shop around Durango? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Afraid my cell phone won't do it justice in the dark parking lot b/c it's nothing real obvious, not like oil all over the place or anything in fact there's no oil leaking to the pavement it's just there's some oily residue at the bottom. The other 3 are dry as a bone. Seems like it's leaning to that side slightly as well. The shocks are Bilstein 5100 by the way. I'll try to take a picture first thing in the morning.
A google search turned up a shop called 4x4 and More here in Durango so I'll try to call them in the morning. They don't open til 9 a.m. and I had planned to be up in Silverton by then but I'd like a little peace of mind before I tackle the trails tomorrow.
The shock leaking would have nothing to do with your Jeep leaning slightly to one side. They only dampen the axle movement to keep your tire in that corner from bouncing around too much. Really the only reason to fix it before heading home is to keep your tire in that corner of the Jeep from wearing weird ( like cupping) when driving home at highway speeds. Normally I'd say get it fixed but it is not an emergency kind of thing.
The other thing to always check when you have a shock wear out prematurely is if you have enough bump stop on the axle. You need to make sure the shock is not limiting up travel or you will damage it and your new replacement. Sometimes they go bad on their own but it is worth checking.
If it was me, I'd enjoy your short vacation in the Ouray area and look for a 4 Wheel Parts store in a large city on your way home and see if they have the shock you need and can install it while you wait. In the mean time, I'd suggest soaking the mounting bolts with a penetrating oil several times per day, especially the upper mounting bolts that go through the bar pin.
Well I checked it out more this morning with good light and its not bad so we left durango. We're in silverton right now. Our cabin is 9 miles north of silverton right by red mt. Pass. We'd love to meet up. Communication may be a problem because of Cell phone reception but i'll check this thread when I can so let me know when youre in town. Thanks!!