Since 1981, the Dodge Ram has been one of the top-selling and top-rated pickup trucks in America. The Chrysler-made trucks have been named Motor Trend magazine's “Truck of the Year” six times. Known for their brawny build and raw power, Ram trucks have become a favorite amongst people looking for a large, capable pickup.
With the implementation of an active air suspension in 2013, drivers were treated to adjustable ride heights and a smoother ride than before. However, all this came with a price tag.
Known Dodge Ram Suspension Issues
The main problem is that those expensive air suspensions have a limited lifetime. Ram owners all around the country have begun experiencing problems with their air suspensions. Some of those problems include the truck not being able to maintain its ride height. Others report that their Dodge Ram sags in the rear or at one of the corners. Many others have reported a compressor that is suspiciously noisy or runs for far too long.
Whatever the issue, many owners are shocked to see the estimate for repairing their air suspension. Those costs can climb into the thousands depending on what needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, with air suspensions, most of the components will eventually need to be replaced.
Why Dodge Ram air suspensions fail
The truth is that it is not a problem that is unique to the Dodge Ram. In fact, Ram’s air suspension is very sophisticated and well-engineered. Unfortunately, the problem is just the nature of air suspensions. They are complex systems that have lots of interdependent parts. In addition, they rely on moving parts and electronic components--the two types of components most likely to fail--in order to get the job done.
Here’s how your Dodge Ram air suspension works.
Your truck has ride height sensors mounted at each corner. Those sensors read how high up off the ground that corner of the vehicle is and then report that information to the control module. This is essentially a small computer.
The control module then decides if that corner needs to be raised or lowered. Once it does this, it sends a signal to the air compressor to pump air into or out of the airbag. These airbags, made of flexible rubber, are what support the weight of your vehicle.
This cycle happens constantly while the car is on, meaning it happens thousands of times every time you drive the car!
While it provides an unparalleled ride, all that complexity means it is all but guaranteed to fail.
What are my options?
Most people will first take their truck to the Dodge dealership to get it looked at. Typically, the dealership will offer to replace the air suspension components with OEM parts. This will result in a very expensive estimate. In order to save a little money, others might look for aftermarket air suspension components. But even these are expensive and complicated to install. After parts and labor, the repair bill will still seem pretty high.
Fortunately, there is another way.
Convert your Ram to coil suspension
This may seem a little counter-intuitive. After all, you did pay for and probably enjoy that air suspension. But is it really worth the expense of keeping it if you don’t have to?
Strutmasters has engineered the perfect air-to-coil conversion kit for your Dodge Ram. Rather than air and electronics, this traditional suspension supports your truck with good old-fashioned mechanical resistance. While you won’t see much of a difference in your ride, you will see a huge difference in price. Rather than the thousands, it would cost you to fully replace your air suspension, this kit will replace all four wheels for under $900.
Our engineers have researched the specific needs of your Dodge Ram to make sure this kit comes as close to the original air ride as possible. The premium springs included in this kit have been tuned and rated to give you the perfect balance between stability and comfort. The simplicity of this suspension makes it a breeze to install at home. You probably already have all the tools you need to do it yourself, even if you’re not the most capable handyman in the world. It takes most people about one hour per wheel to install these kits at home.
Best of all, this kit, like all Strutmasters air-to-coil kits, comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. That means as long as your vehicle is on the road, we guarantee you a working suspension in almost every case.
The longer you wait, the more the rest of your car will suffer. A bad suspension affects the entire vehicle.
Order online or call one of our Suspension Experts at (866) 676-4457 today to get help with your order! Enjoy driving your Dodge Ram once again!