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Old 04-15-2010, 11:05 PM
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Default Trivia Question

The shock absorbers and struts are cycling up and down whenever a car moves. The shock rod moves in and out and seals retain the oil and keep it moving through the right channels. Approximately how many times will a shock or strut have cycled after 50,000 miles?

A. 2.5 million times
B. 25 million times
C. 87 million times

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:38 PM
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Ray, I'll go with the low number - 2.5 million.

This answer depends on the bumpiness of the roads. The ones in New England would cause this answer to be upped by a factor of 100 or so! Down your way it might be lower.

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:42 PM
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I would say 50 x per mile or one cycle every 100 feet of driving which equates to 2.5 million. The 25 million seems a bit high which would be every 10 feet of travel. The 87 million cycles would be a schock movement every 3 feet of travel which seems a bit too high.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:28 AM
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I am going with answer C. Having driven on your Californian roads, I dont think 87 million would be enough either.....
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I'm with JohnG. The first answer is once every 35-meters (or yards). I'm in the city and don't have any RR tracks. So, the first answer is too high (for me).

How long of a stroke are we talkin'? Cracks in the cement? They might stroke 1/4", or not at all, depending on the softness of your tires.

Cement driveway approaches? One inch.

Country washboard dirt roads in the spring? A thousand times per mile.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:55 AM
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I'm with Bill...C...
I've not driven in CA but WI, IL and IN and the roads are not smooth anywhere!
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Hey Ray,
If you live in Kentucky the number is not listed We have the worse roads in this United States!!!
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I'm guessing 'B'.

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Old 04-16-2010, 03:37 PM
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My guess is B
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If it was in New Zealand it would be 'C' - and at only 20,000 miles!
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