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Sunday, January 28th 2018, 9:59pm

Shocks changed but now she floats?

Hi Fortuner Enthusiasts

I'm hoping some wise soul can show me the way with the issue I'm currently experiencing :)


My beloved Tuna was riding bumpier than normal so I decided to change the shocks and got Monroe Gas magnums installed at Supa Quik.

I've noticed that when driving now on the open road at 120 km/h, the vehicle feels as if its floating left and right, ever so slightly. I'm having to gently counter steer which I never needed to do before.
It didn't do this with the old shocks and the only the difference now is the replaced shocks.

Any advice on how I can determine whats the cause?

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Monday, January 29th 2018, 9:06am

My first bet would be the new shock, but also have the wheel alignment checked again - as incorrect wheel alignment would make the vehicle handle bad or very sensitive steering.
Also check your tyre pressures, I had a vehicle's wheel alignment done some time ago and the guys inflated all wheels to 3bar, their gauge was not calibrated and also caused the vehicle to drift over the road as I was on marbles.
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Monday, January 29th 2018, 9:44am

Thanks Cobus.

I will follow that route and see if it improves the handling.

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Monday, January 29th 2018, 2:26pm

This is interesting.
I also installed Monroe's a few months ago. On a bumpy road like the Krugersdorp Rustenburg road, the car feels nervous.
Thought it was my imagination.
Another thing, since the shock change I heard the tires squeal twice now around a corner (not that fast). I have never heard it before on my Fortuner.
It is as if the Monroe shocks is not up to the task.

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Tuesday, January 30th 2018, 11:54pm

YasMeister, have your car check out by another fitment center. Super Quick are not as reliable and great as most believe. The service as some branches are horrible. I won’t walk into a Super Quick ever again. They cannot even fit tyres to rims without damaging them.
So make sure you have the correct shocks.
I can also tell you that you stand a 50% chance your wheel alignment is not done correct.

Erik and YasMeister
Did any of the wheel alignment technicians open the back left door to get the correct model code ? If they have not then they probably done the wheel alignment on the incorrect model Fortuner. Not all the Fortuner are the same.

Monroe make good replacement shocks. They are well know to be better than KYB and Gabriel. If all else fails get hold of the rep

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Wednesday, January 31st 2018, 12:56pm

I fitted my shocks at supa quick as well. Did they open the door for the code? Not that I can recall. Never before for that matter. It is now time to redo all the alignment and balancing, so will pay attention this time. Maybe at TWT?

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Tuesday, February 6th 2018, 11:04am

Update: Did the wheel balancing and alignment yesterday. Told the guys about the floating. They inspected all the ball joints tie rod ends bushes and found no fault. Shop manager pulled on the car from underneath and said the front is way to soft and bouncy. Told the guys to fit new front shocks. On removal we found that the one shock that was right front has completely collapsed. No back pressure at all. This after only 10 000km. Well, I have two new shocks installed now. Will see how it handles on a bumpy road now.

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