September Tech Tip

Point out leaking and worn air suspension parts to your customers. Make sure your technicians are aware of the pitfalls of air suspension. Explain the cost savings and benefits of our conversion kits.

The Difference Between Twin-Tube and Monotube Shocks

Difference Between Monotube and Twin Tube Shocks

Monotube Shocks vs Twin Tube Shocks – Which Is Better?

Monotube Shocks or twin-tube shocks?” This is a question that many motorists and car owners find themselves asking when shopping for the right suspension parts for their vehicle. This is most noticeable nowadays as more people desire to feel more comfortable and safe whether driving in the streets, on the track, or off-road. Though looking like basic car accessories, shocks play a vital role in the car’s suspension system.

They dampen the road vibrations and shocks leading to a smoother and safer ride. In addition, they also improve road handling as well as braking. Bearing these issues in mind, which is better between twin-tube and Monotube shocks? To find the right answer, it is necessary to consider the following factors:
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How to Detect a Leak in Air Ride Suspension Systems

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Detect Air Suspension Leaks

Air Ride Suspensions are arguably the best riding automotive suspension yet built. In its simplest form you are riding on air.

The only downside to the system is the loss of air within the system. Some methods you can use to determine whether the air suspension system does have a leak.

The first telltale sign is the rear end of the car is sagging. Worse still is the whole car looks as though it’s sitting on the ground.

Obvious signs your air ride suspension system has a leak

  • Air compressor that operates the system is weak or on the verge of failing.
  • Small leak in the rubber bladder.
  • Connection hose fittings are bad.
  • Leak in hoses.
  • Hearing a hiss noise when you lean on the car.

Systems will fail from fatigue carrying the weight of the car over an extended period of time. Road debris, road salts and other harsh materials will wreak havoc on any system. Some attention to keeping these areas clean can help prolong life.

A great many of these systems are simply old. At some point in time they will begin to fail. The good news is you have options that are affordable and reliable.

How do you know if your system is Air Ride Suspension working or has no issues:

  • The car is simply in the position it should be. No visible sags.
  • Spray the rubber boots with a soapy water mix; if it bubbles anywhere you have a leak.
  • Also spray fittings, if you see bubbles this too is an indication of leaking.
  • The car takes longer to level out than normal.
  • Driving and the car seems rougher than normal or handling is not the same.
  • Make sure the fittings are not loose.

These are some simple things to look for before you venture off to the shop. Taking care to make sure the systems are free of debris or harmful road chemicals can help prevent damage. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way.

Reduce Strain When Towing With Super Springs™

Towing can add stress to your vehicle

Using your vehicle to tow a trailer of any size can put a strain on your vehicle if not properly equipped to tow. Drivers can’t simply assume that a car or truck with a V8 engine can pull anything simply because the vehicle has a big motor.

Towing can add a huge amount of stress to your brakes, suspension and the overall stability of the tow vehicle. For example brakes designed to simply stop the vehicle may not stand the added stress of a trailer and simply burn through. Having no brakes, not a good thing! The forward motion of a thousand or more pounds can literally add over hundreds of feet of needed stopping distance. If brakes are not rated to stop the extra weight you will be in extreme danger.

Adding weight to the rear end of any vehicle and you sag the rear end, this to can cause extremely unstable driving conditions. As the rear of the trailer stands taller from sagging at the hitch the trailer itself becomes an airfoil wind will toss it about and the yaw can cause your vehicle to move out of control.

Towing can put a strain on tires, corning ability, stopping, brakes, and pretty much everything that keeps your vehicle safe while moving.

Solutions for tow vehicles are available to help stabilize the trailer and tow vehicle. For instance Roadmaster Active Suspensions™ can add a spring reinforcement that provides directional support. What you want to happen is for the load to be even, meaning the trailer and the tow vehicle is even with each other with no sag at the hitch. When this occurs the trailer is moving safely with the tow vehicle. Less stress and both vehicle and trailer are tracking safely and smoothly.

Super Springs™ may be the solution you’re looking for

Another fantastic solution is Super Springs™ that work only when the rear springs are over normal capacity for weight. The super spring simply moves into place when a load is placed on the rear end to assist your factory springs with some additional counter balance if you will, that assists in stabilizing an overstressed spring with additional support. This system works independently with no need for any manual change.

With the proper hitch and thought for heavy loads, you can tow within your vehicles capabilities with some simple add-on’s to the tow vehicle. Make sure before you venture out onto the roadways that you have safely prepared to pull a trailer. Vehicles act much differently when you have a trailer behind you. So be prepared, take a few practice runs down streets with little or no traffic. Know how far you need to actually stop with the trailer, how much distance to allow between you and the car in front of you. Get a feel for what your car or truck will do before you take on the freeway or busy streets and you will do fine.

Understanding Lincoln Continental Air Ride Suspension Issues

Most of us while driving have seen older model Lincoln’s driving down the road with the backend of the car sagging down. This is the tell-tale sign that the air ride suspension has failed. The air bags that lift and maintain the quality of ride have failed. Not only have they failed but it’s made the car unstable and unsafe to drive.

The Lincoln® Continental is notorious for this issue. The problem is not a poorly built car; the problem is the components for the air ride suspension have no real protection from the elements. Road debris, road salts, mud and other corrosive material can build up extensively over time; fatigue from these elements over time will cause leaks. Failure is immanent and costly. With these types of suspensions it’s simply not are they going to fail, but when!

Conversion Kits Save the Day

Available are air suspension conversion kits to save the day. What happens with the older model cars is the cost to fix the air suspension with OEM parts can cost more than the car is actually worth, struts and compressor can run over three thousand dollars not including labor. For die-hard fans of the car this is not a great option. The air struts alone for example can cost over one thousand dollars per wheel.

The conversion kits includes, coil springs with everyday struts or shocks. Yes, you give up the air ride suspension, but you gain a safer car that does not look like it should be staring in a Cheech and Chong movie “Low Rider”. Luxury cars with air ride suspensions were designed to give the passengers the smoothest ride possible. To keep these beautiful cars on the road affordably, owners do have options that are affordable vs. OEM solutions.

Strutmasters Offers an Affordable and Quality Solution

Typically conversion kits will run in the neighborhood of eight hundred dollars. This is a huge sigh of relief over the alternative.

Luxury cars are timeless in elegance and beauty. It’s wonderful to know that these ageless beauties can have extended lives with affordable alternatives such as non OEM suspension conversions.

February Tech Tip

When a vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, inspect control arm bushings, tie rod ends and sway bar links for wear. These parts generally wear at a faster rate in areas where the roads are treated in the winter. This helps to prevent excessive tire wear.

December’s Tech Tip

Make sure you jack the whole front or rear of the vehicle up when doing a conversion. Don’t lift one wheel at a time. Having an opposite wheel on the ground will work against you in most cases