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  • YellowRose
    Super-Experienced


    • Jan 21 2008
    • 17300

    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

    I will tell you the answer after more members have a go at this!
    Last edited by YellowRose; April 15, 2010, 11:13 PM.

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  • JohnG
    John
    • Jul 28 2003
    • 2341

    #2
    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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    • redneck
      Apprentice
      • Aug 3 2009
      • 37

      #3
      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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      • Penelope
        Super-Experienced
        • Mar 4 2008
        • 670

        #4
        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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        • simplyconnected
          Administrator
          • May 26 2009
          • 8833

          #5
          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.
          Last edited by simplyconnected; April 16, 2010, 12:58 AM.
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          • Coral
            Super-Experienced

            • Apr 3 2009
            • 1132

            #6
            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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            • Guest

              #7
              Hey Ray,
              If you live in Kentucky the number is not listed We have the worse roads in this United States!!!
              Richard D. Hord

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              • tbird430
                Super-Experienced
                • Jun 18 2007
                • 2648

                #8
                I'm guessing 'B'.
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                • dball
                  Newbie
                  • Apr 6 2009
                  • 7

                  #9
                  My guess is B

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                  • scumdog
                    Super-Experienced

                    • May 12 2006
                    • 1528

                    #10
                    If it was in New Zealand it would be 'C' - and at only 20,000 miles!
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                    • Dan Leavens
                      Moderator / Administrator


                      • Oct 4 2006
                      • 6421

                      #11
                      Tough question, what to think?? what to think?? I will go with case # 2 no sorry that's B.
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                      • bird 60
                        Super-Experienced
                        • Mar 18 2009
                        • 1146

                        #12
                        Now this is interesting, It's like trying to work out the ANGLE of the DANGLE to get the HYPOTENUSE of the TRIANGLE to equal the SINE of the COSINE to get the TANGENT.

                        Now to get serious.

                        50 per mile = every 35 yards = 2.5m over 50 years approx.

                        "" 17 1/2 = 5m """""""""""""""""""""""

                        "" 8 3/4 = 10m """""""""""""""""""""""

                        "" 4 3/8 = 20m """""""""""""""""""""""

                        "" 2 3/16 = 40m """""""""""""""""""""""

                        "" 1 3/32 = 80m """""""""""""""""""""""

                        "D" Is out of the question, as the diameter of the wheel is over 2 yards. I don't think it would happen every half of the wheels revolution.
                        "B" I would think is not right either as it would only work out around two revolutions of the wheel, unless it's on dirt rough roads.
                        "A" Is my answer, but if there were more choices I would have gone with 5-10m, also it would have helped knowing the condition of the surface.

                        Chris....From the Land of OZ.
                        Last edited by JohnG; April 16, 2010, 11:18 PM.

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                        • YellowRose
                          Super-Experienced


                          • Jan 21 2008
                          • 17300

                          #13
                          Trivia Question

                          Ya'll seem to be having fun with this. I think I will let this run into Sunday and then Sunday night give you the answer and the source for the answer.. Some of you have guessed right!

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                          • YellowRose
                            Super-Experienced


                            • Jan 21 2008
                            • 17300

                            #14
                            Trivia Question - The Answer!

                            It seems like this has pretty well run it's course and ya'll have found it interesting. So I will give you the answer!

                            The answer is C - 87 Million! Here is the source:



                            Since this seemed to well received, I will see what else I can find and post.

                            Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
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                            • YellowRose
                              Super-Experienced


                              • Jan 21 2008
                              • 17300

                              #15
                              New Trivia Question

                              This one is a True/False test to see what you know about these subjects.... Just list them 1-5 as T or F... Good luck!!

                              How do you rate yourself on the car care awareness scale? Here's an opportunity to find out with our true/false winter maintenance quiz.

                              1. When the engine cranks but won't start when you turn the key, the problem is a corroded battery connection.

                              2. Keeping the gas tank above half full helps prevent accumulation of moisture in the fuel system.


                              3. Before starting out in severely cold weather, let the engine run for at least five minutes.


                              4. If your heater doesn't warm up your car as it should, your engine may need a new thermostat.


                              5. A four-wheel drive vehicle can stop twice as fast on ice or snow as the same vehicle with two-wheel drive.





                              Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
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                              Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or Call (Cell) 210-875-1411

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