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So my 2010 is at around 101k miles and I found a great independent Honda mechanic to have my 100k mile service done. Excellent job. While my car was up on the rack, he pointed out to me that my rear shocks showed evidence of leakage and said they probably have to be replaced soon. I saw the evidence myself.

When I got home, I was going through all my service receipts that I have acquired over the years to re-organize them and I found one from 2013 from the dealer that indicated they informed me (and showed me) that my back shocks were leaking. The car was around 60k miles at that time. I had forgotten about this but the receipt shows they replaced the back shocks at that time, and because I had the extended service contract, it was covered.

My question is this: Is it possible to have another set of leaky back shocks in the last 40k miles? Or did they maybe not replace them at all? Also, I have been to the dealer for service many times since 2013 and no one has said anything about the condition of the shocks...
 

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If the oem shocks were leaky then the replacements could be as well. Unless you checked the replacements at the time it was done you will never know.
It is also possible that this new independent mechanic is not as honest as you think. Spraying oil on a shock and showing the customer is one of the oldest scams. I might be inclined to clean the shock and see if it shows any further signs of leakage. Google testing shocks for some guidance.
 

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Thanks egads, good points. I am no expert but the oil on the shocks looked old to me. Perhaps I should take the car back to my dealer and have them check them out. In the meantime I will wipe the oil off like you suggested and see what happens.

One more question: The 2013 repair invoice from the dealer indicates a part number, so I am wondering if there is some way I can confirm that part number on the shocks themselves....
 

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Update 6-2-16

UPDATE: I took my I2 to my dealer have a look at the rear shocks. Indeed, they are leaking so my new mechanic was being honest. They confirmed they were previously replaced in 2013 as well. Luckily am under 120k miles and my Honda Care extended warranty will cover the shocks again. While they were at it they discovered a tie rod end was loose or off. That is also covered under my warranty. And because the shocks won't be in till tomorrow, they paid for a rental car again. :)
 

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Shocks all done! I asked them to put it back up on the rack so I could see them and compare to previous ones indie mechanic showed me. Brand spanking new. I also had them show me the tie rod boots L and R they replaced. Add in my free rental car and I it was about $800+ worth of work that my Honda Care warranty paid for. My I2 feels like a new car. :p

My only gripe is somehow between 2013 and 2016 the service guys at the dealer where I got all my service done never noticed the replacement rear shocks were leaking. It took an indie mechanic to point it out...
 

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rear shocks

Today I changed leaked shock to KAYABA 348016 (originally compatible to Jazz III). As my mechanic said: Only few millimeters difference, but it fits perfectly to Insight 2010
 
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