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Loud boom from wheel area

This morning at a red light, i heard a loud boom. I looked in my passenger side mirror and saw a cloud if smoke (?) And figured the tire blew.
I got out and looked and the tire was fine. I drove and noticed nothing different.
Any idea what exploded?

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Run over something? Maybe a backfire?


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When i looked in the side mirror i saw the puff closer to the top part of the wheel. My mirror doesnt aim low. I checked the street as i made the u turn and it was clean and smooth (surprisingly).
I think my exhaust is in the drivers side...but still it was higher.
Can a shock absorber just explode? I wasnt really moving.

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Before i left work i laid down under my car to see what i can find. There it was,,,a big tear in a rubber thing around the shock. This looks expensive. I looked under rockauto by shocks and didnt see anyyhing that looked like this

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Air shock?


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Yes,,,I've been searching to find them and havent..seems like a type of air shock that people try replacing with regular shocks.
I'll leave it for now i guess

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That's part of the auto-leveling system. I know folks have had issues with leaks from the system, but this is the first I've heard of it exploding. Might want to check to make sure your compressor isn't running non-stop trying to fill the system up......no reason to add more cost to the problem (assuming you keep it, and don't replace with conventional shocks or an aftermarket leveling system).

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I read on another forum that they can explode but usually under a lot of weight


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I was the only thing in the car and im not that heavy lol.
Im not sure what the compressor is doing. Ill have to find it and see if its running.
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This morning at a red light, i heard a loud boom. I looked in my passenger side mirror and saw a cloud if smoke (?) And figured the tire blew.
I got out and looked and the tire was fine. I drove and noticed nothing different.
Any idea what exploded?
I had that happen years ago. Both air shocks exploded in a Publix parking lot while I was parked talking on the phone. I thought I was being shot at. Everyone in the parking lot hit the deck. Ended up being a faulty servo (the little black box with the adjustable linkage for ride height). It 'thought' it was in a load position and just kept pumping until it exploded both shocks at the same time. Very impressive Boom.

I replaced the servo and both factory shocks and have put at least 150K miles on the replacements with zero issues. I tow and load the hell out of mine and it works perfect. I'm just over 260K miles without any major issues.

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