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Check out how easy it is to solve your Audi A8 suspension problems

You probably already know about Strutmasters’ game-changing suspension conversion kits. They’ve been saving Audi A8 owners thousands of dollars for years now. Nevertheless, maybe you’re still a little unsure.

That’s okay. Replacing your suspension sounds like a huge task. Given that it is a vital part of your car’s safety equipment,it can sound a little intimidating.

However, you have nothing to fear. Part of the engineering of our conversion kits is that we want them to be easy to install! And we are pretty sure we’ve accomplished that.

Easy installation


The most difficult part is going to be removing your old air suspension. They are a complicated web of components that are well integrated into the car itself. Once you start taking apart the old components, you’ll see why they fail so consistently.

For example, moving parts like the ride height sensors are guaranteed to wear down. Flexible materials like the rubber used in the air bags dries and cracks. With all those electronic components, something was destined to fail at some point.

As for the installation of the new kit, our packaged instructions will guide you right through. You’ll need a sturdy jack, some hand tools and about one hour per wheel.

Helpful installation video



Even if you’re still feeling a little unsure, we’ve gone the extra mile to make sure you have no trouble installing your new suspension kit.

Check out this Audi A8 installation video here:






Still not sure?


Even if you’re still not sure you can do it yourself, the easy installation means you won’t spend much on labor if you need to hire someone. If a basic DIYer can get the installation done in just an hour per wheel, picture how fast your car professional can do it!

Once you’ve installed your new kit, you can say goodbye forever to your Audi A8 air suspension woes. You’ll be gliding around on trusty, robust coil springs.

We’re so confident in the quality of these kits that we offer a Limited Lifetime Guarantee. This promise guarantees your conversion kit for the lifetime of your Audi A8. That means as long as your car is on the road, you’ll never have to worry about your suspension again.

As a result, you’ll have peace of mind that’s hard to find.


Once you’re ready to make the switch, place your order. Better yet, call our Suspension Experts at (866) 610-9848 and let them answer any questions you may have.

Get back to enjoying driving your Audi A8 today!

 

Mercedes-Benz CL 500 Suspension Failing: Repair, Replace or Convert?

Mercedes’ CL 500 was a watershed vehicle for the German automaker. Not only was the car enormously popular in Europe and North America, it helped introduce several of its now-standard technological innovations.

The second generation of Mercedes’ CL coupés, introduced in 1999, featured the company’s most advanced active suspension systems to date.

The Active Body Control system uses four hydraulic suspension rams that use three pressure regulators. These regulators are connected to a combination power steering and suspension pump.

The pump pushes fluid at a pressure of 2,960 psi (20,400 kPa) through the system. This fluid is regulated by several intermediate computers and a master CPU.

The result is a car that stayed absolutely flat through corners and glided over dips and bumps in the road. That is, until the problems began.

 

CL 500 Suspension Failure

Like any active suspension, the CL 500’s Active Body Control (ABC) is comprised of a network of moving parts, sensors and computers. And like any active suspension, this cluster of components is destined for eventual failure.

Even before Mercedes’ onboard monitoring system indicated a suspension failure, the signs are painfully obvious to CL 500 owners:

A sagging rear end, nose diving when braking, that bouncy “settling” feeling when coming to a slow stop. Just like its air-powered counterparts, Mercedes’ ABC technology from this time eventually let owners (and the cars themselves!) down.

This left CL 500 owners with a choice on how to proceed. The question is whether to repair the current system, replace components with OEM parts, or convert the car to a simpler, more robust suspension kit.

Let’s explore those options.

 

Repair

As mentioned earlier, the Mercedes CL 500’s ABC suspension is made up of lots of little parts, sensors and computers.

The first issue with repairs is that often it is very difficult to identify which component needs fixing. The error code from your car is a handy first step, but even those might show just one of many issues with the suspension.

Furthermore, the interdependent nature of the ABC system means that when one component fails to do its job, it disrupts the entire system.

The breakdown of something like a sensor could mean that undue stress was put on the pump, setting it up for early failure.

Repairing the ABC suspension on your vehicle is at best a temporary solution, with more repairs a certain part of the future. While it might seem cheaper now to just replace a sensor or fluid line, chances are things will start to add up quickly.

 

Replace

So maybe you’ve fallen in love with the ABC system. It was a pretty advanced system for its day and age. It’s easy to see how someone might not want to change from that.

The Mercedes-Benz dealership is happy to accommodate you if this is your preference. By going to them you can get your CL 500 riding like the first day you bought it.

The only problem? Expense.

Here’s a breakdown of the components you’d need to replace and the cost of replacing them.

+ Front Hydraulic Strut Assemblies ($2,000/strut)
+ Rear Hydraulic Strut Assemblies ($1,700/strut)
+ Hydraulic Pump ($1,300)
+ Hydraulic Reservoir ($400)

 

Note that this list doesn’t even include any of the computer or sensor components.

The average time of suspension failure is at around 80-100,000 miles for this vehicle. Therefore, you’d likely spend more (around $9,000 to be specific) on replacing the suspension than the car itself is worth.

For many people, that’s simply not practical or even realistic.

 

Convert

There is, however, a third option. For less than the cost of one hydraulic strut, you can replace all four wheels with time-tested, simple mechanical coilover struts.

That’s your entire suspension replaced for less than $1,000.

Genuine Strutmasters conversion kits are engineered to be the perfect replacement for costly and burdensome active suspensions.

Once installed, these hardy struts come with a lifetime limited warranty. This means they’ll outlast your car or you’ll have your money back.

This also means once you install them, you can kiss those frequent trips to the mechanic or dealership goodbye. The brilliance in these kits is their simplicity.

That simplicity is easy to see for yourself. They are so easy to install, you should be able to do it yourself with just a few common tools and an afternoon.

Rather get it installed by your mechanic? The simple installation means you still save bundles on costly time “under the hood.”

If you’re ready to get that Mercedes-Benz CL 500 back on the road and ready to go without spending a fortune, give us a call at (866) 984-1443. One of our Suspension Experts will be there to help you get exactly what you need.

3 Lincoln Town Car Suspension Problems Fixed by Converting to Coils

Who doesn’t love their Lincoln Town Car?

The luxury sedan was produced by Ford Motor Co. from 1980-2011. During that time it gained many fans as one of the country’s preeminent Executive-class luxury sedans.

The Town Car was the longest car produced in North America from 1997-2011. While this allowed for an almost absurd amount of interior space, it presented some unique challenges to the engineers at Ford.

The challenge? Create a smooth ride deserving of such a spacious and luxurious interior. The answer was an air suspension.

The air suspension did provide what Ford was looking for–a silky smooth ride for passengers and drivers alike that felt like one was gliding on, well, air.

The problem is that these Lincoln air suspensions worked until they didn’t.

We know this all too well here at Strutmasters. In fact, a Lincoln Continental air suspension failure is what started this company. You can read about it in the history of the company here.

There are many reasons to switch over to a coil suspension once your Lincoln Town Car air suspension fails. Here are three common issues installing a genuine Strutmasters conversion kit fixes completely.

 

Leaky Town Car Air Bags


One of the most common repairs and usually the first is to the air bags themselves.

The air bags in the Town Car get filled with pressurized air. This air, rather than a mechanical spring, is used to keep the car suspended off of the wheels and axles.

Since they are made of a flexible rubber, it is inevitable that these air bags wear out. They can crack, rot or even get punctured.

Furthermore, once one has busted, the others are soon to follow. While replacing one air bag might not seem like a huge investment, replacing all four can be cost-prohibitive.

This issue is solved when you switch to mechanical coils. The conversion kit comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

This means that as long as your car is on the road, you can count on having working struts without spending any more money.

 

 

Software Updates and Computer Issues


The air suspension in your Town Car uses a series of sensors and computers to regulate the air pressure in the air springs.


These computers, like all computers, can run into many unforeseen issues. Sometimes, the air suspension will require a software patch or update just to work properly.

For some reason, these computer issues always seem to require a confusingly expensive software solution.

With simple coils, there’s no computer necessary, just good old-fashioned mechanical resistance.  No communication errors, no system upgrades. Easy.


Endless Repairs


The reality with air suspensions is that once one or more components go, the rest will start to follow.

 

The reason being is that air suspensions are interdependent. They require the cooperation of all parts in order to work properly.

When a component loses functionality, it puts stress on the rest of the system. Unless these repairs are done immediately, the remaining components in your air suspension will suffer.

As a result, one repair turns into two, two turns into three and so on. Soon you’re repairing nearly every component in your Town Car’s air suspension. This could cost thousands of dollars.

When you convert your rear suspension with a Strutmasters conversion kit for just $199 ($399 for all four wheels), you’re going to spend that money once.

After that, under normal conditions you’ll never have to worry about your suspension again.


When you’re ready to stop making trips to the mechanic to repair your Lincoln Town Car air suspension, give us a call at (866) 685-7228 to get started. One of our suspension experts will be happy to make sure you get exactly what you need.

 

Quality You Can Count On | The Strutmasters Difference

Ever since a car breakdown on a family road trip gave birth to Strutmasters 1999, we’ve been a leader in the suspension conversion kit industry.

When we started, we were among the first of our kind. Since then, a number of competitors and imitators have emerged. Rather than fear this competition, over the years this has made Strutmasters continue to step up its game.

In 2018, nearly two decades later, Strutmasters is still one of the most respected names in the industry. It might be time for a little refresher course in what you get when you buy a genuine Strutmasters conversion kit.


High Quality American Manufacturing


One of the core principles of our business model has been to take advantage of this country’s manufacturing excellence.

American manufacturing has some of the highest standards in the world. When it comes to car parts that keep you and your family safe, only the best will do. Strutmasters knows that buying American means quality that we, and therefore our customers, can count on.

Furthermore, buying American means supporting good-paying jobs for folks here at home. It’s a win-win for everyone.


A Limited Lifetime Warranty


All Strutmasters conversion kits come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Once you install your conversion kit, we guarantee it will last for the rest of the time you own the vehicle.

That’s the kind of guarantee you can afford to make when you’re confident with the quality of your products.

 

One of the biggest benefits of switching to coils is ending the repair cycle of air suspensions. You shouldn’t have to deal with any coil shock headaches, either. We’re happy to guarantee that with a Strutmasters kit, you won’t.


 

Patented Glide-Ride Technology


Every day out here in beautiful Roxboro, NC, our engineers are hard at work.

Strutmasters engineers spend their days doing quality-assurance testing on our products. They’re finding the best possible tuning for each kit and looking out for the next vehicle that needs our help.

Some coil conversions can leave car owners with brand new headaches. Cars sitting too high. Handling too stiff.

However, Strutmasters patented Glide-Ride Technology means you can count on your vehicle’s new ride not being too different from its old ride. We employ a lot of research and a lot of man hours to make sure of that.


Customer Support


At the end of the day, Strutmasters is here to serve you, the customer. Our mission is to get your car back on the road in as much comfort for as little money as possible. That’s it.

To do that, we have a host of Suspension Experts in our call center. They’re here to help out whether you need help with your order, identifying which kit you need, or help with an install.

We love the DIY spirit and encourage folks to install their kits at home if they are inclined to do so. It just takes a few simple tools and the better part of an afternoon to do it.

To help, we packaged detailed instructions with every kit. We also have many video tutorials on Youtube for our most popular kits. If you run into trouble, call the technician line at (866) 998-8737. Someone will be there most any hour of the day to help.



There are many companies who seek to do what Strutmasters has been doing for nearly the last twenty years. Many of them do a pretty good job. None of them, however, offer The Strutmasters Difference.

Lincoln Navigator Suspension Failure: The Usual Suspects

Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’re experience suspension failure in your Lincoln Navigator.

First, know that it’s not just you. Air suspension failure is a common issue for Navigator owners. Due to their nature, the failure of one or more components in your air suspension is inevitable.

Let’s take a look at the components which are most likely to fail in the Navigator’s air suspension.

 

The Navigator’s Air Bags


If you take your Navigator into the mechanic for an air suspension failure, nine times out of 10, the air bags will be the first thing they check.

The air bags in your air suspension are what keeps the car suspended off of the wheels. They are made of a flexible rubber.

Over time, these components simply just wear down from doing their job. They puncture and crack like anything else made from rubber or plastic.

It’s important to note that when one air bag goes out, the others are soon to follow. Since they all bear similar loads, they tend to wear out at more or less the same rate.

A leaky air bag doesn’t just affect your ride comfort. Because the bags don’t inflate as easily, the compressor needs to work much harder. This leads to the compressor wearing out early, which explains this next entry.

Test it at home

 

Fill a bowl with soapy water. Use a small paint brush to apply the soapy water to each of the air bags. Wherever you see bubbles appear on the surface, you have an air leak.

Take note of where they are. Then, use some nail polish or a metallic marking pen to mark their location.



Compressor



The compressor is the powerhouse of your air suspension system. It generates the pressurized air that’s used to inflate the system and pushes it to the air bags.

Without a working compressor, you don’t have an air suspension.

The compressor in your Navigator runs on on/off cycles. It has a limited lifespan. Therefore, when other components are failing and the compressor tries to pick up the slack, it significantly shortens its own working life.

For this reason, the compressor often goes out in air suspension systems. This is especially true when other problems go ignored.

Unfortunately, in addition to being a common issue, the compressor is also one of the most expensive components to replace.

 

Test it at home


The easiest way to test the air compressor is to use your ears. You should barely hear the compressor running, if at all.

Listen to your compressor cycles. If it runs too loud or too long (more than about 10 seconds), it likely needs service or replacement.

 

 

Ride Height Sensors

 

Your Navigator employs a ride height sensor at each wheel. These sensors determine how much each air bag needs to be inflated for the car to maintain its ride height.

They are precise little components that suffer from two major setbacks: they are electronic AND moving parts. Both electronic and moving components have high failure rates.

Like the air bags, these will likely fail at about the same rate as each other. If one is busted, the others are sure to follow soon.



Test it at home



The only way to really test these sensors at home is to visually inspect them. This may be difficult without a true lift to use at home.

If you receive an error code, a local auto parts store may be able to read it for you and give you a diagnosis.




A Better Choice for Your Navigator?



If this has you feeling overwhelmed, there are other options. Once air suspensions go, they can become an endless stream of repairs (and money out!)

While you can continue to fix pieces of your air suspension one by one, this will be an expensive and ultimately frustrating way to keep your Navigator on the road.

An alternative is to just ditch that air suspension altogether and convert to an old-school coilover system. This genuine Strutmasters conversion kit allows owners to convert their Navigator suspension to sturdy, dependable coils for less than $600.

For comparison, if you completely replaced your Navigator’s suspension at the dealership with another air suspension, you’d end up paying over $4,500 just for parts!

Better yet, this suspension kit is so simple, it can be installed at home with simple tools and about an hour per wheel. Instructions are included and we’ve also posted a handy installation video to help out!




If it seems like replacing your Navigator suspension with a Strutmasters kit is the right move (it usually is!), order online today or give us a call at (866) 664-0252. One of our suspension experts will be happy to make sure you get exactly what you need.

Troubled Lexus GX 470 Air Suspension: Repair, Replace or Convert?

Lexus’ GX 470, which stands for Grand Crossover, occupies a space unto itself in the SUV market. Somewhere between the increasingly popular crossover wagon/SUV and the luxury full-size SUV, the GX 470 ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of drivers.

While the combination of performance and luxury has won over many hearts and minds in the auto world, drivers of older models and GX 470s with high mileage are starting to notice many problems with the vehicle’s air suspension.

Some drivers have noticed their GX 470 having trouble maintaining its ride height. In others, the car has sagged in the rear or leaned to one side. Others may have noticed a suspension warning light.

In every case, a busted air suspension can’t be ignored. Not only does a leaking or broken air suspension make the ride uncomfortable, it puts the driver and every passenger at risk.

There are several routes to take when considering how to fix the busted Lexus GX 470 air suspension. Let’s take a look at each of them.

Option 1: Repair Your GX 470 Air Suspension Piece-by-Piece


The problem with your GX 470’s air suspension could be as simple as a torn air line or leaky air bag. Repairing these items won’t cost too much or take up too much time at the mechanic.

However, if one of the components on your Lexus’ air suspension has gone, the rest are sure to follow.

Air suspensions are highly complex, computer-controlled systems. They require every component functioning properly in order to work at full efficiency.

When one component goes down, the rest pick up the slack to try and keep things smooth for the driver.

While admirable, this extra stress causes the other components to wear out more quickly.

So while it might seem like an attractive option to simply replace the one component that’s broken at the time, it’s a surefire way to end up back at the mechanic soon.

Option 2: Replace Your Air Suspension With Another Air Suspension


These days, you have plenty of options for replacing your air suspension with another, similar air suspension.

Whether you go to the dealership or look for aftermarket parts from a third-party vendor, it is certainly possible to replace all of the components in your air suspension.

The advantage of this option is that you get to keep your air ride. However, there are two main disadvantages.

The first is cost. By the time your car is ready for a new suspension, it will have decreased in value significantly. A new air suspension will run you close to $4,000, likely more when extra labor is figured in.

The second disadvantage is that you’re replacing a system that is busted with one that you know will break down in the same amount of time or even less, depending on the quality of the product.

While it may be nice to keep that air ride feel, you’re setting yourself up for future repairs once again.

 

Option 3: Convert (and Save!)


If you’re tired of always dealing with air suspension issues and want to save some money, a conversion kit might be the answer. These kits allow Lexus GX 470 owners to ditch that air suspension in favor of sturdy, reliable coilover struts.

You can convert all four wheels of your Lexus to coilovers for less than $700!

The beauty in these systems is in the simplicity. Air suspensions employ more than a dozen components including many moving parts and computers. These suspensions use simple mechanical resistance to get the job done.

Strutmasters has gone to great lengths to ensure that the ride quality is similar to that of your original air suspension. The springs are carefully rated and the shocks are obsessively tuned to be the perfect fit for the GX 470.


Best of all, the conversion kit comes with a Lifetime Limted Guarantee. That means that you can rest assured knowing that your suspension is going to last.


If you think converting your Lexus is the way to go, give one of our suspension experts a call at (866) 360-7558 or go ahead and buy the kit from our website! Customer service is here to help.

The Engineering Behind the Signature Strutmasters Ride Quality

Since 1999, Strutmasters has been helping customers replace their troublesome air suspensions with sturdy, made-in-the-USA coilover suspensions.

The main challenge for the company is in providing the same ride quality as the air suspensions that are being replaced. Air suspensions make for a very smooth ride and most people don’t want to give that up.

That’s where Strutmasters’ Glide-Ride Technology comes into play. Here’s a little insight into how the company can make a coilover suspension still ride so smooth.


High Quality Manufacturing



The first and most important step to achieving that signature Strutmasters ride quality is producing kits with high-quality components.

The springs in these kits are made of high grade steel and manufactured right here in the USA. Strutmasters works closely with manufacturers to ensure every spring in every kit meets stringent quality standards.

As a testament to the manufacturing quality, each kit comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. This ensures that if there is a quality issue, it will be fixed at little to no cost to the customer.


Accurate Tuning



Though the end result of a Strutmasters coilover strut looks simple from the outside, there’s actually a lot that goes into engineering it.

There are many variables between cars that determine how its shocks should be tuned. Tuning is basically calibrating a suspension to handle the job for an individual car. A poorly tuned suspension will provide a terrible ride.

Each Strutmasters kit takes any and all variables into account when it is being developed. Cars of a different weight or wheelbase, for example, have drastically different needs from one another.

Proper Spring Rating



In a passive suspension system, the springs do most of the work. They ensure that the wheels are making contact with the road. The springs also absorb the majority of the force of road travel.

 

Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that the springs used in our kits are properly rated.

Too soft and your car will bounce and scrape. Too stiff and you’ll be suffering through a really uncomfortable ride.

Strutmasters works out the exact rating needed for each of its kits, ensuring a happy medium fit for every car.


Ease of Installation as Part of Ride Quality



A suspension does you no good if it’s not installed properly.

That’s why the installation process is a major part of the Strutmasters engineering workflow. It’s in everyone’s best interest that installing the new suspension be as clear and simple as possible.

Engineers work to ensure that every component fits perfectly and is a breeze to install. This not only ensures the comfort and longevity of the new suspension, it also saves costly labor time.



When you’re ready to see check out the signature Strutmasters ride quality for yourself, visit our website to find your kit or call one of our suspension experts at (866) 985-0387.

Is Your Ford Expedition Air Suspension Failing? 6 Warning Signs

The Ford Expedition was one of the auto giant’s best selling vehicles in the early 00s. It combined enormous cabin space, a touch of luxury with all the practical sensibility Ford is known for.

The early 00s models featured an air suspension that provided a soft and smooth ride. Over time, however, those air suspensions proved to be problematic.

Expedition owners with more than 70,000 miles have started to get suspension warning lights. Sometimes they’ve noticed that their air suspension is completely busted and are now looking at a repair bill up in the thousands.

Like any car problem, early detection is the key to avoiding breaking the bank to keep your Expedition on the road. Here are some warning signs to look for.

 

1. Your Expedition is Sagging in the Rear

Does your Ford Expedition look like it’s crouching down?

When a vehicle sags in the rear and maintains its ride height in the front, the problem is almost certainly the air suspension.

Like most cars with an air suspension, the rear is the most common point of failure in the Expedition. This is usually caused by degraded air bags.

 

 

2. Give it the “Bounce Test”

An easy way to get a general idea of your suspension health is to give it the bounce test.

To do this, just walk to each corner of your car and push down hard in the bumper. If the car bounces back up and stops moving, that particular corner is fine. If it continues to bounce up and down, you have a problem.

 

 

3. Your Expedition is Leaning to One Side

While the rear is the most common point of failure in an air suspension, it isn’t always where it fails first.

Sometimes an air bag can be ruptured or torn from road trauma, like hitting a pothole. This can also happen as a result of some particularly rough road debris.

Park your Expedition on a level surface and walk around it to see if it sits evenly. You can use a piece of paper or anything with a right angle to guide you.

 

4. A Noisy Compressor

You should barely, if at all, notice your Expedition’s suspension compressor running. The compressor will run in cycles of just a few seconds. When it is functioning properly it is very quiet.

If you are hearing your compressor running loudly, or notice that it’s running for longer than before, that’s a sign that it’s working harder than it should.

This can happen for any number of reasons. Sometimes there is a leak in the air bag or air lines, which means the compressor needs to pump more air to inflate the air bags properly. This can also happen if there is a communication error in the computer system somewhere.

If you notice your compressor running too loud or too long, it’s time to have the system looked at.

 

 

5. Nose Dive

When the front suspension in your Expedition is weak or soft, the car will lurch forward as it comes to a stop.

The faster the car is moving coming into that stop, the more the “nose” of the car will dive down and the rear will pop up.

If you’re experiencing a nose dive in your Ford Expedition you are putting a lot of strain on what’s left of your air suspension. Avoiding the problem will only make it worse.

 

 

6. Good Brakes, Poor Stopping Performance

When a car is stopping poorly, the first thing we think to check is the brakes. But what if you’ve just replaced your brake pads and your Expedition is still taking longer than it should to stop?

The answer could lie with your suspension. A worn out suspension can take 12% more distance to stop than one with a healthy suspension. That can literally be the difference between life and death.

Once you’ve ruled out your brakes as the culprit, check on your air suspension.

 

How to Fix It

 

You can keep the original air suspension that came on the car. However, this means you’ll be looking at either replacing the system entirely or repairing piece by piece likely for the rest of the car’s lifetime.

Replacing the air suspension entirely will cost up to $4,500 if done at the dealership. That is quite a lot of money, especially for a high mileage car.

There is, however, a less expensive and more worry-free option that you may not have considered: ditch the air ride entirely and convert to passive coil springs and shocks.

This conversion kit sells for just under $600. Made up of just a small number of high-quality, durable components, it will replace all four points of your suspension completely.

It’s simple enough that it can be installed at home by you or anyone else with a little technical know-how and some basic tools. That means that for just a few hours of your time, you could save almost $4,000. Problem fixed for good.

Best of all, this robust suspension system comes with a limited lifetime warranty. That means you will only spend the money once to repair your suspension forever.

Click this link to purchase your conversion kit online or call one of your suspension experts at (866) 358-0127 to help you with your order.

 

Convert and save today!

Why Your Nissan Armada Air Suspension Keeps Failing

Chances are, if you’re a Nissan Armada owner, you’re in love with the space, luxury and comfort the SUV provides. Chances are, however, if that Armada has more than 80,000 miles on it, you’ve already experienced one or more problems with the rear air suspension.

The most common early complaint is a noisy compressor. But maybe it’s not that.

Maybe the ride is sagging lower than it used to. Perhaps it’s taking longer stop even though your brakes are in order. Maybe it leans to one side or sags in the rear. If it’s gotten bad, you’ve already gotten a suspension warning light.

While the failure of an air suspension is an inevitability in just about any vehicle, let’s take a look at why the Armada’s suspension fails.


The Armada is a Big ‘Ol Vehicle



First things first, the Nissan Armada is an absolute unit. Weighing in at just over 5,500 pounds unloaded, the car asks a lot of its suspension before you even start the ignition.

Once you start loading the vehicle up with cargo and passengers, you could be reaching close to 7,000 lbs. That is simply a lot of weight.

Even the most robust air suspensions eventually give out. You can bet that after city driving, hauling things, road trips and more of the normal wear and tear, the original suspension has taken a beating.

 

Complicated System



Air suspensions are known as “active” suspensions because they respond to changes in the road. To do this, the Armada employs a series of ride height sensors. These measure changes in the height of the vehicle.

These changes are then reported back to the control module, a tiny computer that controls the suspension. The control module then determines how much air is needed in the air springs and sends that signal to the compressor.

The compressor then uses another controller to determine how much air is going to which spring. This air travels through a series of flexible tubes to inflate the springs.

If this sounds complicated, it’s because it is.

Furthermore, the system relies on all parts being fully functional. When one component goes down, the rest of the components are asked to pick up the slack. This can lead to early failure.

Air Suspension Components are Not That Durable



Air suspensions require several flexible components in order to work. Plastic hoses carry the pressurized air. The air springs themselves are made of a flexible rubber.

In addition, the Nissan Armada air suspension requires moving parts like those in the air compressor or the ride height sensors. Moving parts just wear down. It’s in their nature.

In comparison to passive struts which use no moving parts, air suspensions are guaranteed to wear out.


Expensive to Maintain and Repair



Overall, the issue isn’t necessarily with the Armada, it’s with air suspensions as a whole. Though they do provide a wonderful ride, they are just going to fail at some point.

Repairing or replacing parts on your air suspension can be extremely costly. Most parts are very specialized and difficult to deal with.

Replacing all the components in your rear air suspension could cost you upwards of $1,300 for parts alone. And that’s if none of the electronics need replacing. Those could set you back at least another few hundred, if not more.

This might leave many owners in a jam, with parts and labor to replace the rear air suspension approaching the value of an older Armada. Your otherwise perfectly good car might be cost prohibitive to fix.



Conversion Kits–The Inexpensive, Guaranteed Alternative


For about the cost of a new compressor or two air springs you can replace your Armada’s air suspension with a brand new coil suspension.

With a Strutmasters conversion kit, you can replace that busted air suspension with robust, dependable coilover struts.

With top-shelf manufacturing quality and no moving parts, Strutmasters can comfortably guarantee that your new suspension will last for the remainder of your Armada’s lifetime.


Best of all, it’s not too difficult to install yourself. You probably have all the tools you need at home already!

 

It’s the simple solution you may not have considered.



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