The Acura MDX is one of the Japanese luxury automaker’s most popular vehicles. In fact, according to parent company Honda, the “Multi-Dimensional Crossover” is the best-selling three-row crossover of all time.
The MDX carved a unique niche in the crowded crossover SUV market. It was the first crossover to feature third-row seating. Although it is Acura’s most expensive SUV, the price tag has not deterred buyers searching for a unique combination of luxury, space and performance.
However, many MDX owners are finding that with time, the car’s active suspension system loses its ability to keep the car at the proper ride height. Owners report experiencing a bumpy ride, a sagging rear end of the vehicle, electronic malfunctions and more.
Let’s take a look at why these active suspensions have such a high rate of failure.
Why the MDX suspension fails
The Acura MDX features innovative suspension technology that was new at the time. The suspension in your MDX (models with the Sport package) uses electromagnetically-controlled ferrofluids to dampen the pressure of the car meeting the road.
In other words, it uses a viscous fluid that can be controlled by a computer to respond to changes in the road and driving. While this technology shows tremendous promise and provides a unique adaptive ride, like any new technology it has its kinks to work out.
Performance-wise, there isn’t much to complain about. The magnetorheological shock absorber was developed by Honda and Beijing West.
Ferrofluids are a non-Newtonian liquid, meaning they defy some of the laws of physics typically regulating liquids. They have a unique ability to change their molecular shape almost instantly. Scientists and engineers are finding all sorts of cool things to do with them, like make them dance:
This same ability allows a computer to take a reading from a height sensor and instantly adjust the shape and viscosity of the fluid. It does this with the help of a control module.
While the science is very sound, this is still new. As we learned with air suspensions, new technology gets refined as it gets established. The biggest issue with these suspensions is durability.
Do I need to replace my MDX suspension?
Due to their complex nature, use of fluids and moving parts, the lifespan of these suspensions is limited. They are almost guaranteed to wear out at some point. This will happen one component at a time.
Even if you don’t scoff at the nearly $1,000 price tag of an electronic strut replacement, you will eventually be replacing all of them. Other components, like the control module and height sensors, can also be costly to buy and install.
From an ownership standpoint, it makes sense to replace everything at once. Knowing that everything is eventually going to wear out, it’s better to get it all done while you’ve got it on the shop floor.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s probably time to consider replacing the suspension.
- Your MDX takes too long to stop (but brakes are fine)
- Overly noisy compressor
- Fails the “bounce test”
- Rear end sags down when car is stopped
- Unable to maintain proper ride height
- Leans or tilts to one side
But is replacing your OEM suspension the only option? Thanks to Strutmasters, the answer is a resounding NO!
A simple alternative
Rather than shell out thousands for a replacement suspension, consider just ending the problem altogether. Instead of a complex and costly electronic system, you can just replace the entire thing with a robust and dependable coil suspension.
At just $999, you can replace all four wheels of your MDX and kill the suspension warning light with this kit from Strutmasters. That’s more or less what it would cost to replace just one of your electronic struts!
Our engineering team has designed this kit to be simple and easy for anyone to install at home. With a proper jack and some tools you probably already have at home you can replace all four wheels in an afternoon. You don’t even need to worry about costly labor fees at the shop.
These struts have been tirelessly engineered to give you and your passengers the perfect ride. Strutmasters’ patented Glide Ride technology will have your MDX feeling brand new again.
Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty, we guarantee this new suspension will last as long as your MDX is on the road. That means once you install it, you’ll never have to spend your hard-earned money on your MDX suspension again.
Once you’re ready to convert, give our Suspension Experts a call at (866) 985-0387. They’ll make sure you get exactly what you need and have you riding high once again!