Air suspension kits can enhance your vehicle’s overall ride quality, but when they start to fail, they becoming the biggest reason for decreased performance and sagging. So why do air suspension kits fail?
Damaged Airbags and Air Struts
The airbags and air struts in your air suspension kit are responsible for keeping your rides cushioned and adjusting the ride height. But like all air suspension parts, they break down and deteriorate as they get older, leading to air suspension failure.
Rust can also damage the air struts. Moisture in the air system reacts with the metal of the struts and forms rust and corrosion. This can result in severe suspension problems when left unaddressed.
The air compressor in your air suspension kit inflates each airbag to the proper pressure based on your performance preferences. If it starts to malfunction, it no longer can keep the airbags inflated, which causes the car to sag, bottom out, and produce a bumpier ride.
On top of that, an overworked air compressor results in a failing air suspension kit. If the airbags are punctured or damaged, they can’t stay inflated. Because of this, the air compressor continues to pump air into the bags, which can overwork the system and make it fail.
Problems with Air Line Connections
Air lines connect the airbags and air struts to the rest of the system. If they’re not properly connected or if the lines are damaged, air from the compressor can’t fill the airbags.
Generally, problems with air line connections in a suspension system occur when the lines rub against something sharp, like a moving air suspension part. On top of that, improper installation can also lead to air line problems. So make sure that all lines are properly connected when installing your air suspension kit.
Air Dryer Issues
The air dryer controls the amount of moisture in the air that flows through the suspension system. However, if it begins to fail, the excessive moisture will accumulate, forming rust and corrosion on various parts.
Plus, electrical parts in the suspension, like the compressor, are more susceptible to problems when the air dryer fails because excessive moisture can cause these systems to short out.
Air suspension kits can boost a vehicle’s performance, but they will fail over time. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening. Just consult the guide above to find out exactly why your air suspension is failing so you can determine the best way to fix it.
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