Suspension system troubleshooting

Suspension system troubleshooting

What Are Common Suspension Problems?

Under those conditions, just about any part of a suspension system can be damaged or worn out from years of abuse. How can you tell if there are problems affecting your car’s suspension? There’s a number of symptoms and noises that should be your wakeup call to see a car doctor. Here are some common issues you’re likely to encounter if your suspension is in need of repair:

Suspension system troubleshooting

7 Warning Signs that Your Car Has a Suspension System Problem

It may seem daunting to try to diagnose steering or suspension problems, but if you attack it systematically, you have a fighting chance. Just find the symptom that sounds like you and see what the probable causes are.

Suspension system troubleshooting

5 Warning Signs of Suspension System Problems in Your Car

The suspension system of your car is complex and made up of many different parts. They include shock absorbers, springs, struts and ball joints, just to name a few. These components, along with your wheels and tires, control how your car handles the road. The suspension system also helps manage wear and tear on your car especially over bumps and in uneven road conditions.

You can often tell if there’s an issue with your suspension just by the way it feels as you drive, but it can be difficult to assess any issues without jacking up the vehicle and visually inspecting the components of the suspension yourself. There are a number of different types of suspensions you may find in your vehicle, but some things to look for are fairly universal.

Suspension system troubleshooting

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Suspension system troubleshooting

While we can talk about the many components that propel a vehicle drive down the road, one of the most important systems in a car for the comfort of the occupants is the suspension system. It helps to diminish the shock of potholes, obstacles and countless other potential road hazards while providing a smoother ride.

AIrmatic Suspension System Troubleshooting and Repair – On Demand Video

In this 44 minute on demand video Kent will try to dispell some of the fear and misconceptions surrounding airmatic suspension. He will be using live repairs on a W220 S500 for purposes of illustration. Air suspension on other models is very similar but some locations of the system support parts like compressor pumps and relays will be different. 

Suspension system troubleshooting

Symptoms and likely causes of common suspension problems

The automobile’s suspension system basically defines the following functions: suspends the vehicle on its chassis; stabilises the vehicle; absorbs shocks from the road; offers comfort; and it’s an essential part of the vehicle’s safety architecture.