There is a lot to love about the Volkswagen Touareg. Since its debut, the crossover SUV has been celebrated for its off-road capabilities with sports car-like handling. It's got style, power, and finesse. But, as you might have noticed, it has a few issues.
One of the most common issues with the VW Touareg is persistent suspension problems. Maybe you got a suspension warning light. Perhaps you've just noticed that the suspension isn't what it used to be. Or maybe you've already spent thousands of dollars trying to repair your faulty suspension and you're looking for an answer. Let's take a look at what causes these suspension issues and how you can fix them once and for all.
How To Tell If Your VW Touareg Is Having Suspension Problems
There are a few ways to tell if your VW Touareg is having suspension failure. The first and most obvious sign would be the "check suspension" light. However, just because you don't see this warning light doesn't mean there aren't problems. There are other warning signs that you shouldn't ignore. One obvious sign is if your Touareg starts to do the dreaded "nose dive." This is when, as you come to a stop, the front of the car dips down while the rear end lifts up. This gives your vehicle the appearance of "crouching." If this is happening to you, you can bet you've got suspension problems. You might also notice noises that just don't sound right. Some VM Touareg drivers have described popping or rattling noises from the suspension. This could indicate an issue with your suspension. So would an air compressor that's running too long or too loud. There's also an easy way for you to check your suspension yourself.
The "bounce test" is a pretty reliable way to see how your suspension is holding up. Simply walk to each corner of your VM Touareg and push down hard until you can't push it down any further. Watch the corner as it comes back up. Does it spring back into place? If so, that corner is fine. If it takes a while to come back up or bounces up and down as it does, you probably have an issue at that wheel.
Why Your VW Touareg Keeps Having Suspension Issues
Let's be clear: the suspension problems aren't unique to your VW Touareg. These issues are common in all cars with air suspensions. As great as these suspensions are, they are highly complex systems that rely on everything working together. Let's walk through how your air suspension actually works.
Ride height sensors at each wheel constantly measure dips and bumps in the road. They also send that information to a special computer called a control module. This computer sends information to the air compressor which generates pressurized air and pumps it into airbags at each wheel. These air struts raise (or lower) the suspension as needed. If that sounds like a lot, it's because it is.
While these systems work well when they work, it's easy to see how things can start to fail. Since all of these components are interconnected, one part wearing down puts stress on the whole system. For example, a small crack or hole in an air strut can cause the compressor to work overtime and wear down early. To top it off, many of these components are moving parts or made from flexible, often flimsy components. Failure of the system is basically inevitable.
Why Fixing Your Touareg Suspension Is So Expensive
If you've taken your Volkswagen Touareg to the dealership to have them look at your suspension problems, you know how expensive it can be to fix things. The high-tech components that make up your air suspension system are expensive. A single air strut can cost you upwards of $300. And once one goes out, the rest are soon to follow. It is only a matter of time before you'll have to replace the other three. That's not to mention other expensive components like the suspension control module and compressor.
Even if you go with aftermarket parts and not VW's OEM parts, you'll still have a big shop labor bill. These components are expensive and require a lot of work to replace. That means lots of billable hours. Unfortunately, if you want to replace your air suspension components and keep your Touareg on the road, it's going to cost you a lot.
Is There A Better Way To Fix Your Touareg Suspension?
There is, in fact, an alternative to sky-high replacement costs. Strutmasters has developed a kit that allows you to get rid of your failing air suspension altogether and replace it with a robust, dependable coil suspension. Rather than air struts that will eventually wear down, your Touareg will be sitting on hardened steel struts and cold-wound springs made and assembled right here in the USA. You won't have to worry anymore about flimsy components, moving parts, or computers wearing down and giving out.
Best of all, you get to keep that signature balance between a comfortable ride and sporty handling that your Touareg is known for. These kits are so simple, many of our customers choose to DIY the installation at home. All you need is a proper jack, a few common tools, and about an hour for each wheel. Not too handy with your car?
The easy and quick installation means you'll still save money even if you take it to the shop to have your new suspension installed. We are so confident in the quality of this kit that we're willing to guarantee these struts for the rest of your vehicle's working life. The Strutmasters Limited Lifetime Guarantee means that as long as your Volkswagen Touareg is running, your air suspension problems are over--guaranteed.
How Do I Get My Suspension Replacement Kit?
If you think you're ready to convert, all you need to do is purchase your kit online and wait for it to arrive.