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Range Rover Suspension Failure? Read This Before Going to the Dealer

by Troy Hammond on February 11, 2019 Categories: Maintenance & Repairs

Have you noticed a problem with your Range Rover suspension? Sometimes the problems can be noticeable well before you get a suspension warning light. If you ignore them, they could lead to complete suspension failure for your Range Rover.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to check on your suspension, even if you haven't seen a warning light yet.

How to check for suspension problems on your Range Rover

There are a few visual signs to look for if you're hoping to spot early suspension issues. One common problem that’s easy to spot is that the Range Rover will be “squatting.” That’s when the back end sags while the front end stays inflated. Sometimes it happens that rather than front to back, the car leans to one side.

Sometimes, you can feel when your suspension is busted. When you come to a full stop, does your Range Rover dip down in front while the back springs up? That's a sure sign of a soft suspension and one that you should fix ASAP. These kinds of suspension issues drastically increase your stopping distance, making it much likelier that you could get into an accident.

If you want a quick and easy way to test your suspension at home, use the bounce test. Simply walk to each corner of your Range Rover and push down on the bumper. If it springs back into place, you should be okay at that wheel. However, if it takes a long time to rise back up or bounce up and down before settling, you likely have a problem.

Whatever the issue, if you own a Range Rover, you know that repairs don’t come cheap. This is especially true with air suspensions.

Why do Range Rover air suspensions break down?

The problem isn’t with Range Rover, it’s with air suspensions in general. As advanced as air suspensions are, they are still complex systems made up of many moving and flexible parts. Air suspension systems also rely on computers to control them.

This is how they work:

  • Ride height sensors at each wheel constantly analyze dips and bumps in the road. They send these readings to a special suspension computer, called a control module.
  • The computer calculates how much air is needed in each air spring.
  • The control module sends instructions to the compressor, which uses them to generate the air needed to inflate the air springs.
  • The compressor pushes pressurized air through air lines into the air springs, inflating (or deflating) them to smooth out the ride.
  • The cycle continues over and over throughout each journey in your vehicle.

Simple, right? Not exactly. As you can see, these suspensions are highly complex systems. Simply having that many components mean that there are that many components that can stop working properly. Since they are interdependent, one part going down means the rest are sure to follow.

An air suspension breaking down isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Your Range Rover is no different.

What to do about a Range Rover suspension failure?

Your dealership will probably recommend replacing everything with the same parts that came on your Range Rover. That means new air suspension components.

Whether you have a faulty compressor, leaky air lines, or just a cracked airbag, this repair is not going to be your last. One component being broken means the load that component would usually take gets passed onto one or several others. That means increased wear and tear on those opponents. Those components will likely need replacing soon too.

The problem might even spread to other parts of your Range Rover. A busted suspension puts extra wear and tear on your brakes as the suspension absorbs less and less of the force of coming to a stop. This can lead to early failure of your braking system. A bad suspension is also terrible for your steering system. All in all, your car's suspension is the connection point between the road and the rest of its components. Problems with your air suspension mean problems for your vehicle overall.

In addition, these air suspension parts don’t come cheap. Just one airbag will cost you just under $400 at a minimum. That’s just for one of four, all of which will eventually need replacing. And that's not to mention the labor costs involved in working on these systems. Their complexity translates directly to more time under the hood and higher shop fees.

A better, cheaper fix for your Range Rover suspension

This kit from Strutmasters is a full replacement for your Range Rover air suspension. That means that for just under $800, you can replace all four of your struts. Once you do, you'll eliminate your air suspension worries forever. No more stressing about plastic air lines or noisy compressors. You won't have to replace your control module or even know what a solenoid is anymore. When you convert to our kit, you'll be trading in that problematic web of components for simple mechanical resistance.


Rather than spend the rest of your time with your vehicle doing endless repairs, this kit allows you to ditch that air suspension altogether. These conversions are designed to allow you to install them yourself with basic tools you probably already have in the garage. Most of our customers say they can do the install in about an hour per wheel.

Each kit is Made in the USA of high-quality materials and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. That means that as long as your Range Rover is on the road, Strutmasters guarantees you’ll have working struts.

Fix it once, fix it right, fix it for good. That’s our philosophy.

Once you’re ready to make the switch for your Range Rover, order online or give us a call at (866) 239-4896 and let one of our Suspension Experts help you with your order.

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