If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you took “bottoming out” your shocks to the max, the Hydraulic Power Press YouTube channel just crushed a car damper with a 500 ton hydraulic press. These guys have the best job.


If your car’s jounce bumpers are worn out, there’s a good chance you’ve taken a speed bump a bit too quickly and “bottomed out” your shocks. But even if you launched Dukes Of Hazzard-style off a big cliff, you’d be hard pressed to do this much damage.

Get it? Hard pressed? Anyway.

Just look at all that oil flowing out of the shock. Yikes.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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