Air suspension parts don’t need a lot of maintenance to maintain their condition and performance. However, there are a few things you can do to make your air suspension system last a lifetime. To help you better take care of your vehicle, here are the top five tips for maintaining your car’s air suspension system.
Check System for Leaks
A helpful way to keep your air suspension running for as long as possible is to check the air lines and air bags for any leaks. Damaged lines and bags makes it harder for the springs to stay inflated. This causes the compressor to work harder and wear out faster. Spotting air suspension leaks early can prevent additional damage to your vehicle. So if you notice an issue with the air lines or air bags, have a professional take a look at your vehicle and perform the repairs needed.
Check Air Line Connections
Every so often, take a peek at your air suspension system, specifically its air lines. You want to make sure that each air line is properly connected to the air springs and air compressor to ensure proper operation and a smooth performance. You also want to make sure that all hoses and lines are secured to your vehicle. If they’re not, use zip ties or take it to a service center to get everything reattached.
Check the Air Springs
You also want to check every air spring’s air pressure. Air springs are recommended to maintain a pressure of 5 psi at all times. However, this number will vary from vehicle to vehicle and will depend on the specific air suspension kit installed in your car. With that said, consult a suspension expert or read your owner’s manual to determine the proper air pressure for your particular set of air springs. Once you determine the right pressure for your air suspension, inflate or deflate each spring as needed to prevent damage and decreased performance.
Perform Visual Inspections and Clean Regularly
Performing visual inspections is key to ensuring a well-operating air suspension system. Before hauling heavy cargo or going on a big road trip, inspect each part of the system for any damage, loose connections, or other issues. If you notice anything wrong, get your vehicle repaired before towing anything or going anywhere. Failing to do this will result in extensive damage to your car. You also want to check the system for any debris buildup around the air springs, valves, or brackets and hose them off regularly to prevent system performance issues.
Schedule Routine Service Appointments
The most important air suspension maintenance tip is to always stay on top of routine service appointments. They’ll help you to make sure that any potential issues are spotted and repaired in a timely manner. On top of that, professionals will check the alignment of your wheels as well as the condition of your tires and adjust as needed to improve the performance of your air suspension system.
Questions? Contact the Suspension Experts
If you still have questions about your vehicle’s air suspension or need help finding the right replacement parts for your make and model, contact Strutmasters online now or give us a call at 866-358-0127.