Does AutoZone recycle struts?

In this article, we discuss whether AutoZone Recycles struts, and how to recycle struts with convenience.

Does AutoZone recycle struts?

Yes, AutoZone does recycle struts and other types of shock absorbers. You can simply hand it over at the nearest AutoZone shop, or you can bring in your vehicle to get your shock absorbers replaced, and they will recycle the old ones for you.

What is AutoZone?

AutoZone, Inc. is the biggest aftermarket automobile parts and accessory retailer in the United States. 

AutoZone, which was founded in 1979, now has over 6,400 locations in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and the United States Virgin Islands. The company’s headquarters are in Memphis, Tennessee.

AutoZone has been headquartered at the J.R. Hyde, III Store Support Centre (SSC), an eight-story, 270,000-square-foot (25,000 m2) facility in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, since October 1995. 

There were around 1,200 employees there in 2013. Rob Norcross, a principal of LRK Inc., was the project manager for the building’s construction. 

Because of a $950,000 innovative foundation isolation system, the structure can withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

How to dispose of struts and shock absorbers?

Taking them to a licensed disposal provider is the simplest option. If you want to dispose of them yourself in the workshop, follow the instructions below, always keeping in mind accident prevention and environmental regulations:

  • Clamp the damper in a vice with the piston rod pointed down at all times.
  • Protect your eyes with goggle
  • Drill a 3 mm hole in the gas reservoir and allow the gas to escape for gas-filled dampers.
  • Drill a 5 mm hole in the oil chamber.
  • Pump out the oil and collect it in a suitable container.
  • Allow all of the oil to drop out.
  • Place the used oil in a designated used-oil collection tank.
  • Scrap metal should be used to dispose of the empty damper.

It is simple to dispose of dampers in an environmentally responsible manner if you follow these eight steps and act carefully.

Dampers should never be opened or heated. The reservoir tube may burst, causing oil to spill. Dampers that are filled with gas are under pressure (up to 30 bar).

Shocks should never be thrown away carelessly or in normal garbage containers. Dampers contain mineral oil, which can cause serious environmental damage if it leaks into the soil, groundwater, rivers, and lakes.

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