Shocks or Suspension I have no clue

jeep
suspension
cougar

#1

Ok, I have a issue. I went off-roading in some very bumpy surface in my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Well when I finished off-roading I noticed that the ride seemed like it lost it’s smoothnesses, I was feeling every bump in the road. Now have I lost suspension. If I did lose my suspension would you tell me you would recommend as a replacement. I was thinking about something that can handle Off-roading very good but still be good on the road. The suspension i had was stock.


#2

Any parts store should have a wide selection of stock and heavy duty suspension parts. I might suggest getting lifetime warranteed parts, so that if they stop working, you can replace them for free (plus the cost of labour, of course.)


#3

Does the steering pull to one side? If not you probably didn’t knock out alignment.

Does the truck sit at the same height? If not you didn’t damage a spring.

Do any shocks look wet like they’re leaking?

Did you check tire pressure?


#4

Before you go out and start replacing parts, I’d suggest getting under the vehicle and check to make sure you didn’t hit anything on the undercarriage. I doubt that a bumpy surface (unless you were racing) would damage the suspension on this vehicle. It’s designed for off-road use (it is 4wd right? not the 2wd version). But then again, you didn’t say what “very bumpy surface” means. For all I know you were trying to do rock-crawling with it.

The vehicle is 9 years old and could easily have worn our shocks (they would give the vehicle a real floating/bouncy sensation) and the “very bumpy surface” could have been the last straw.

What type off-roading are you meaning to do? I have taken my '98 Jeep on several trails that are quite rocky with no problems at all, and it was completely stock up until this past year. I lifted it 1" just to get a little more load capability while on the trail. The '99 Jeep has a stiffer body and better suspension than the '98 model.


#5

I was offroading on a mountian in West Virginia and i do have that bouncy sensation, All i have to do is push my car lightly and you see it lean sideways.