How to Adjust Gas Shocks

The suspension of your vehicle is partially controlled by shock absorbers. Race car drivers need a tight, controlled ride to keep them hugging the road. Imagine a motorcycle travelling down a bumpy road with less than adequate shock absorbers. Truckers require adjustable shocks to adapt when hauling heavy loads. Adjusting your gas shocks is a simple process.

Park the vehicle on a flat surface and engage the emergency brake. Use jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. For safety reasons, do not rely on the stability of a standard jack alone. Instead, use a heavy-duty jack or support the vehicle with concrete blocks.

Locate the adjustment dial on your shocks on the inside of the cylinder.

Turn the dial by hand to the desired setting. Lower numbers or a counterclockwise direction will loosen the pressure. Higher numbers or a clockwise direction will tighten the pressure. If your shocks have an adjustment screw, use a screwdriver to make the adjustment.


Using the right tools ensures proper safety and prevents damage to your vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Screwdriver
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Cathy Givans has worked as a freelance copywriter since 2009. She has written for various online publications on subjects including parenting, homeschooling and living a vegetarian lifestyle. Givans has an Associate of Occupational Studies in business from The Bryman School.