Maintenance and Repairs

The Best Control Arm Replacement For Your Vehicle (2021)

You may have never even heard of them, but the control arms in your vehicle are an essential part of its suspension system. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to steer or even stop your vehicle. That’s why replacing them when they wear out is critical.

In this article, we take a look at what these small components do, why they wear out, and the best control arm replacement you can buy.

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What do the control arms do?

The control arms in your vehicle are an integral part of any car suspension system. They are the direct point of connection between your car’s frame and its front wheel assemblies. These components allow you to steer your vehicle, but they also allow the wheels to travel up and down with bumps and dips in the road, cushioning your ride and making it smooth.

 

But your vehicle’s control arms are also part of a much larger system. And that suspension system relies on a lot of parts working together. If even one component isn’t working probably, the whole system suffers as a result. 

 

Driving with broken control arms isn’t just annoying and uncomfortable—it’s dangerous. Your vehicle’s suspension system is also part of its safety system. Cars with a bad suspension are harder to steer, take longer to stop, and as a result, are much more likely to be involved in an accident.

How can I tell if my control arm needs replacing?

 

Your vehicle has a suspension warning light that will tell you when there’s a problem with your suspension. But this light only tells you that your system has a problem, and as we saw earlier, there are a lot of components in your suspension system. The light won’t tell you which component or components are suffering.

 

A mechanic can tell you when there’s a problem with your control arms. The control arm bushings are easy to spot under the hood and when they’re worn out, you can tell. But even getting your mechanic to pop the hood will set you back. That’s why it’s important to look for indications that a control arm is broken. Early detection can help save you big money on repairs and keep you safe.

 

Here are some early warning signs of a broken control arm to look for:

 

  • Steering wheel vibration. Under normal conditions, your steering wheel should feel solid and steady. If you can feel vibrations in the wheel when you’re driving, you could have a broken control arm.
  • Clunking sounds. When your control arm bushings wear down, the connection between them and your vehicle frame gets loose. That can cause them to “drag” when you accelerate and cause a “clunk” sound in your suspension.
  • Steering drift. Your car should respond immediately to your steering. If it doesn’t and instead drifts to one side, this could indicate an issue with one or more control arms.

Why do control arms wear out so often?

 

Unfortunately, control arms are just one of those components in your vehicle that will wear out. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” Here are a few reasons why:

 

  • Moving parts. This component moves to do its job. Like all moving parts, the friction created by this movement eventually causes it to wear down.
  • Materials. Car manufacturers often save money by using cheaper materials in small components like control arms. While these often work great for a while, components built with cheaper materials simply don’t last.
  • Driving style. When drivers accelerate and stop hard (or just often), it takes a toll on the suspension. For drivers who live in urban or suburban areas and do most of their driving in town, even driving carefully can wear out your control arm bushings.
  • Suspension faults. When you drive around on a bad suspension, it puts extra stress on the suspension components. If you have suspension problems, it can lead to the early failure of the control arms.

 

Why are control arm replacements so expensive?

 

Most people’s first instinct when something breaks is to take their car to the dealership. If you did this, you may have already realized that a control arm replacement is a very expensive repair. But since this is such a critical component, you may feel pressure to give in and pay the cost to follow your dealership’s advice.

 

Here’s why that might not be the best idea.

 

For starters, your dealership mechanic is going to use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components. These are the same components that came on your vehicle when it was new. They’re also almost always the most expensive control arm replacements you can buy.

 

In addition to being expensive, isn’t the OEM component the same one that just wore out on your vehicle? Do you really want to put that same component back in your vehicle, knowing it’s just going to fail again?

 

The dealership repair center is a good way to fix your vehicle if you don’t mind spending the maximum amount of money on repairs. But for most people, this makes it a major financial consideration.

 

Is there a better control arm replacement?

 

Fortunately, the dealership and its OEM parts are not your only option. After decades as an industry leader in suspension replacements, Strutmasters has launched its own line of control arm replacements.

 

These control arms are made to the same standards as our industry-leading suspension conversion kits. Here’s what that means:

 

  • High-quality materials. We use only high-grade steel to ensure robust performance and extreme longevity.
  • American manufacturing. These control arm replacements are made right here in the USA under top-notch quality assurance standards.
  • Precision engineering. Our engineers work tirelessly to match these control arms exactly the specifications of each vehicle. That means you’ll get the perfect fit every time.

 

 

You might be wondering how Strutmasters can produce a superior product for cheaper. It’s simple. While car manufacturers have thousands of components to worry about, our focus has always been on suspensions. 

 

We’ve seen thousands of busted control arms and other suspension problems over the years. By now, we know exactly where and how things go wrong. That knowledge allows us to make our products more robust and reliable without having to worry about making hundreds of other components too. It’s our focus and expertise on suspensions that makes it all possible.

 

Why a Strutmasters control arm replacement?

 

Strutmasters is far from the only manufacturer of control arm replacements, but there are few names more trusted in the suspension industry. Since 1999, Strutmasters has been an industry leader in suspension replacement kits and components. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has given Strutmasters an accredited A+ rating, its highest possible certification, due to an outstanding combination of high-quality products and customer service.

 

With the new control arm replacements from Strutmasters, you can get your vehicle back on the road right away at a price you can afford. Remember: the longer you wait for a control arm replacement, the more at risk you are and the more you’ll have to pay for repairs down the line.

 

Order your control arm replacements online or by phone. If you have any questions or need help finding the perfect fit, our Suspension Experts are standing by to help with whatever you may need.

The Best Way to Fix Lexus GX460 Suspension Problems (2021)

Is your 2012 Lexus GX460 starting to have air suspension problems? Take a number.

The Lexus GX460 was everything anyone could want from a luxury SUV–a sturdy, dynamic vehicle that holds the whole family (and then some), a gorgeous interior finished in soft leather and fine wood, and an air suspension that rode like a dream. Until that dream turned into a nightmare.

For all its praises, Lexus’ GX460 luxurious-yet-rugged SUV is notorious for one glaring problem–a faulty air suspension that, like all air suspensions, eventually breaks down. It's not just a Lexus problem—the reliability of air suspension systems has been questioned time and time again. But with a new development from Strutmasters, you might have a much better option.

These are early warning signs of Lexus GX460 suspension problems.

As with any issue in your car, early detection is the key to spending less on fixing it. No doubt, a qualified mechanic will be able to say whether you're having problems with your air suspension or not. In addition, your Lexus has a suspension warning light that lights up when there's a big enough problem. But there are also other indicators that you are having suspension issues.

Here are some of the warning signs of suspension problems on your Lexus GX460:

  • Leaning. If the car leans to one side, this could indicate that one of the air struts isn't functioning as it should.
  • Swaying. Sometimes you may feel like the body of your Lexus sways to one side when taking a turn. This could mean your have a broken air suspension.
  • Hissing. Some Lexus owners have described hearing a hissing sound coming from the rear wheelbase when they have suspension problems.
  • Bouncing. A working air suspension gives you a smooth ride that glides over bumps in the road. You should hardly feel the road. If you do, there's likely to be a problem.
  • Diving. Cars with air suspension issues have trouble stopping properly. If you notice that the front end of your Lexus GX460 "dives" down when coming to a stop, it could be a problem.
  • Crouching. Rear suspension failure is a common issue in the Lexus GX460. When this happens, you may notice that the back of your car sags down while the front stays at the proper height. This is known as "crouching" or "squatting" and it shows that you have a rear suspension problem.

If waiting for something like this to happen sounds stressful, there is a way that you can be proactive. To check for Lexus GX460 suspension problems, just perform the tried-and-true "bounce test." Here's how:

  1. Walk to one corner of your Lexus.
  2. Push down on the bumper hard at that corner.
  3. Wait to watch it come back up.
  4. Observe. 
  5. Repeat for each corner.

If the corner pops back into place right away, the suspension at that wheel is probably fine. If it rises slowly or bounces up and down, you could have a problem.

Fix your Lexus GX460 suspension problems by converting and saving.

Fixing your Lexus GX460 air suspension problems at the dealership is expensive.

 

Whether it’s a noticeably bumpy ride, a visible lean to one side, or strange noises coming from the shocks, many owners will want to make a visit to the dealership to diagnose and fix their problem. After all, suspension issues aren't only a headache—they can also be very dangerous. A bad suspension can increase braking distance by as much as 20%. That can be the difference between stopping safely and a serious accident.

If you've gone to the dealer for a quote on the air suspension repair for your GX460, you're probably also breathing into a paper bag to offset the shock of the repair quote. Anyone who has owned a Lexus knows that even small repairs don't come cheap. When it comes to cost, air suspension repairs at a Lexus dealership are in a different universe.

Let's say the mechanics at the dealership have told you you need four new air springs. They do wear out at the same rate. You'll eventually have to replace all four, so doing them all at once is recommended. The problem? Just one AVS air spring will set you back more than $730 before tax. So for just air springs alone, you're looking at more than $3,000—just for parts. That doesn't include items like the housing, which can easily add up quickly.

Aftermarket air suspension components can save you money on parts, but not labor.

 

You may find yourself asking "What about these aftermarket Lexus GX460 parts that are half the price?" They are an option. But air suspension systems are incredibly complicated.

Here's how your Lexus GX460 AVS air suspension works:

  1. A ride height sensor constantly measures how high the vehicle is riding at each wheel.
  2. It then sends that information to an onboard computer called a suspension control module.
  3. The control module sends that information to the air compressor.
  4. The compressor generates the amount of pressurized air it needs to properly inflate the air struts.
  5. This air gets pumped through the air lines and into the air springs to inflate them to the proper ride height.
  6. The cycle repeats over and over as you drive down the road.

If that sounds like a lot of moving parts, that's because it is. That means fixing it is complicated too. And that means a lot of shop labor hours in order to get your air suspension up and running again.

While aftermarket Lexus GX460 parts may be less expensive upfront, it is a complicated and involved job. Even at your own trusted mechanic, the labor alone will cost you a small fortune.

The worst part of it all? The only constant with an air suspension is that once the issues start, they don't stop. Even if you do absolutely everything to stay ahead of potential issues, when it comes to repairs on an air suspension, you'll be chasing your tail. Maybe that sounds familiar already.

You can convert your air suspension and fix your Lexus GX460 suspension problems for good—and for much cheaper.

Luckily, there is an alternative.

Strutmasters has recently launched one of its industry-leading suspension replacement kits for the Lexus GX460. By designing a kit that eliminates your air suspension and replaces it with a trustworthy coilover suspension, the Strutmasters team has found a way to get you back on the road without breaking the bank. The kit lets you replace your entire suspension for around the cost of replacing an air spring.

Instead of complicated, computer-controlled components, you'll be riding on robust steel springs and struts—a much sturdier and more reliable option. These cold-wound steel springs are made right here in the USA to ensure optimum quality and reliability.

Our engineers have designed the suspension replacement kit to be as close as possible to your original Lexus GX460 ride. Strutmasters' patented Glide-Ride technology ensures a smooth ride with responsive handling. In fact, some of our customers even prefer the slightly-sportier handling of the replacement kits.

To help save time and money, these kits have been designed to be easy to install. Many people with a sturdy jack, a do-it-yourself spirit, and a free afternoon will be able to install them at the rate of about one hour per wheel. But even if you don't feel confident doing the work yourself, you can always go to the shop instead. The simplicity of the kit means fewer hours of labor for your mechanic. And that means less money for you.

Strutmasters offers a one-year warranty on each of its air suspension conversion kits and a Limited Lifetime Guarantee on the springs.

Bring your Lexus back to life.

Are you ready to enjoy the same great ride you once had in your Lexus GX460 without breaking the bank? You can order your kit online right here. Still have questions? The Strutmasters Suspension Experts are standing by to help you find exactly what you need and answer any questions you may have.

Ready to find out more?

Drop us a line today for a free quote!

How to Fix BMW 530xi Suspension Problems Without Breaking the Bank

Within the 5-series, BMW has created a versatile wagon. Featuring classic styling, a plush, roomy interior, and performance to match, it epitomized everything people love about the German automaker. But the car was not without its issues. One common issue BMW 530xi owners have consistently pointed out is recurring problems with the air suspension.
 
Fixing that air suspension can cost serious money. But it might not have to. Read more to learn how to avoid breaking the bank when fixing your BMW’s suspension.
 

Look for warning signs to spot small suspension issues before they become big ones.

 
The bigger your suspension problems get, the more expensive they are to fix. That’s why spotting these issues early is important.
 
Your BMW does have a suspension warning light that comes on when the problem gets serious. It looks like an outline of a car with one arrow pointing up and one pointing down. But by the time you see this light, the problem may have already gotten out of hand.
 
But there are some early warning signs of a fault in your air suspension system. One example is if your BMW 530xi leans or sags to one side, or sags down in the rear. This happens when the air spring can’t keep that corner at the proper ride height.
 
A noisy suspension is another sign of a problem. You usually won’t hear your suspension as it levels your vehicle. If you hear the compressor running too loud or too long, or you hear a grinding or creaking noise, you probably have a problem.
 
You can actively look for suspension problems by performing the bounce test. Do this by pressing down hard on each corner of your BMW. They should immediately rise and settle into place. If they bounce around a lot or take a long time to rise, you have an issue at that corner.
 

Learn the limits of your air suspension.

 
These air suspension problems in your 530xi aren’t unique to BMW. The truth is that air suspensions are just destined to fail at some point. There are several reasons why that is.
 
Air suspensions rely on a complex network of moving parts that all depend on each other. Over time, any moving part is going to wear down, especially under heavy usage. Your ride height sensors, for example, are constantly moving. These parts will begin to erode as part of your vehicle’s normal wear and tear.
 
And once there is an issue anywhere in the system, it can cause problems throughout the entire suspension assembly. Faulty ride height sensors or a broken air spring can cause the compressor to work overtime, leading to early failure.
 
In addition, your BMW uses flexible materials like rubber and plastic in some of the components. Parts like the air supply lines and the air springs themselves can easily tear, puncture, or dry rot to the point of cracking.
 

Get a quote from the BMW dealership for your 530xi suspension problems before agreeing to service.

 
Repairing just about anything on a BMW can get expensive. So when you take your 530xi to the BMW dealership to look at the suspension problems, you can expect a hefty repair bill.
 
No matter who the car manufacturer is, OEM air suspension components are expensive. But as you know, this is a BMW—even one OEM air spring can set you back several hundred dollars.
 
And when one air spring goes, the rest are going to fail soon. These components tend to wear out at around the same rate. That means to truly fix your air suspension, you’ll need to replace all four.
 

Consider the cost of labor for repairing your air suspension.

 
There are several reputable manufacturers of aftermarket air suspension components. You may even be able to save a few hundred dollars or more on parts by going with one of them. But parts are only half the story.
 
Air suspension systems are highly complex. That means working on them takes a lot of time and skill. And that means steep labor costs. Even if you do save a few hundred dollars on parts, you’ll still have more than a few hours of shop fees to pay.
 
In addition, these are the same kinds of components that wore out on you in the first place. Replacing air suspension components won’t ever end the problems with your BMW 530xi for good.
 

Use the better, less expensive solution for your BMW 530xi suspension problems.

 
BMW 530xi owners are not without options for solving their air suspension problems, though. Another way to deal with these issues is to simply remove the air suspension altogether and replace it with something much more durable and reliable. That’s why Strutmasters has designed a conversion kit for the BMW 530xi.
 
This kit allows you to get rid of the source of your problems and convert your BMW to a traditional coilover suspension. Instead of computer-controlled air and rubber, this kit sits your 530xi on hardened steel struts and cold-wound steel springs.
 
Our engineers have worked to tune and rate these springs precisely to the needs of your BMW. Combined with Strumasters’ Glide Ride Technology, you’ll enjoy the same smooth ride you used to enjoy on your 530xi.
 
This kit lets you convert the entire rear suspension on your BMW 530xi for less than it would cost you to replace just one air spring. And you won’t just save on parts. It was designed to be as easy to install as possible, requiring just a few simple tools, a jack, and about an hour per wheel. In fact, many customers choose to do the conversion themselves. But even if you aren’t up for that, the installation will be a breeze for any mechanic—meaning minimal shop fees.
 

Convert and save.

 
You don’t have spend a fortune to enjoy driving your BMW 530xi again. If you’re ready to end your BMW 530xi air suspension problems for good, you can order your Strutmasters conversion kit right here online.
 
Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to give our Suspension Experts a call at 866-358-0127. They’ll be happy to assist you in any way possible.

Jaguar XJ Having Suspension Problems? Here’s How to Fix Them

Jaguar XJ suspension problems.
The Jaguar XJ is the very essence of the British automaker’s philosophy—unmistakable styling, a luxurious interior, and incredible performance. It’s a car literally fit for a queen, as it is one of the British Royal family’s preferred vehicles. But one aspect of the Jaguar XJ that isn’t so celebrated is common, persistent problems with its air suspension system.
 
If you’ve been having issues with your XJ suspension, you’re not alone. Many Jaguar owners have reported problems with their air suspension. Fortunately, you have several ways to fix these issues; with some being better than others. Let’s take a look at how and why the Jaguar XJ air suspension can fail and the best way to fix that suspension failure.
 

There are a few common warning signs of suspension problems in the Jaguar XJ.

 
Your Jaguar XJ has a built-in sensor that detects problems with the air suspension. When the problem gets bad enough, you will see an “Air Suspension Fault” warning appear on the dash. But even before that message pops up, there are several warning signs you can look for to detect issues early.
 
One issue many XJ owners experience is their car leaning to one side or the other. Sometimes this is leaning to the right or to the left, but it can also sag down in the rear. Some people refer to this as “crouching” due to its appearance.
 
Another sign of early suspension failure is too much noise coming from the suspension. Usually, this means noise coming from the air compressor. If you can hear the compressor very loudly or if it cycles for much longer than usual, it is likely a suspension problem.
 
But you also have an active way to look for suspension issues. Walk to each corner of your Jaguar and push down. If the bumper rises up and settles immediately, your suspension at that corner is probably fine. On the other hand, if it takes a while to pop back up or bounces around before settling, you likely have a problem at that wheel. This is known as the “bounce test.”

Taking your Jaguar XJ in to fix the air suspension fault at the dealership can cost thousands.

 
Many people take their Jaguar XJ to the dealership at the first sign of suspension problems. Anyone who’s owned a Jaguar knows that repairs don’t come cheap. But air suspension repairs at the Jaguar dealership are a whole new level of expensive.
 
Just one OEM air spring will set you back more than $1,600. You read that right—$1,600 just for one part. And once one air strut goes out, you can bet the rest are on the way. These components all tend to wear out at the same rate.
 
That’s not even considering the cost of expensive parts like the suspension control module, sensors, and compressor. These parts are all going to wear out at some point and need replacing.
 
You can easily spend far more than your Jaguar is worth to replace the suspension if you take it to the dealership.
 
Fix your Jaguar XJ suspension problems

Third-party air suspension replacement parts have their own issues.

 
There are alternatives if you want to keep your air suspension. Some companies sell aftermarket air suspension components that more or less stack up to Jaguar’s OEM ones. But there’s still a big problem—the cost of labor.
 
Even if you find a great deal on parts, air suspensions are very complicated systems. That translates to a lot of time under the hood. So while you’ll save some on those air suspension components, you’ll still have to fork out a small fortune to get them installed.
 
And even after you’ve gotten your new components installed, you haven’t solved the main problem. Due to their complex nature and reliance on moving parts and flexible materials, your Jaguar XJ air suspension is going to break down at some point. That’s not a Jaguar problem—all air suspensions eventually do.
 

There is a better way to fix your Jaguar XJ suspension problems.

 
If you’re looking to end your Jaguar XJ suspension problems for good without breaking the bank, there is a solution for you. The engineers at Strutmasters have developed a suspension replacement kit just for your vehicle.
 
This kit allows you to ditch your XJ air suspension and convert to standard coilover struts and shocks. Instead of air and rubber, your Jaguar will be sitting on strong, sturdy steel struts and cold-wound coils. The result is far more durable—and much less expensive.
 
For just under $1,100, you can replace your entire suspension. No more air hoses and computers. No more sensors and compressors. Just simple, durable Made-in-the-USA mechanical resistance.
We’ve engineered this kit to come as close as possible to your original ride. Our engineers have worked hard to perfectly tune and rate the springs to deliver optimal resistance. With Strutmasters’ patented Glide-Ride Technology, you’ll enjoy the same smooth ride and sporty handling your XJ is known for.
 
These kits are designed to be easy to install, requiring only a few simple tools and a sturdy jack. Many of our customers just decide to do the installation themselves. But even if you’re not mechanically inclined yourself, you’ll still save bundles on shop fees. Installing this kit only takes a couple of hours in total.
 
Like all of our kits, this one is backed by a one-year warranty and a Limited Lifetime Guarantee on the coil springs. That means you can enjoy driving on your new suspension worry-free.
 

Ready to convert and save?

 
Don’t wait around to solve suspension problems on your Jaguar XJ. Suspension issues only get more expensive to fix and more dangerous as time goes on.
 
You can order your kit online and have it shipped to you or your preferred shop in just a few days. But if you still have questions, we’re here to help. Our Suspension Experts are standing by and ready to help you in any way they can. Just call to reach us.

Here’s The Right Way to Fix Your Cadillac SRX Suspension Problems

Fix Cadillac SRX Suspension Problems
The Cadillac SRX is the legendary American automaker’s best-selling vehicle ever in the United States. And for good reason. The compact luxury crossover, or CUV, has a little something for everyone. There’s plenty of roomy seating and storage space. The interior is draped in Cadillac’s classic understated luxury. And it has more than enough engine to move it all.
 
But there’s one thing Cadillac owners don’t love about their SRX—the tendency for the air suspension to fail. It turns out air suspension problems are very common in the Cadillac SRX. Fixing these suspension problems can be a nightmare and a huge expense—but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
 

There are early warning signs of suspension failure in your Cadillac SRX you should look for.

 
When the problem gets serious enough, your SRX will display a “service suspension system” warning on the dash. But many serious suspension issues start off as much smaller problems. Detecting those issues early can help save you money and keep your car safe on the road.
 
There are a few early warning signs you can look for. Many Cadillac SRX owners report hearing excessive noise from their air suspension. If you hear a squeaking or grinding noise from the suspension, this could indicate a problem.
 
You may also notice that the suspension just isn’t performing like it used to. Maybe your Cadillac has trouble maintaining ride height. Another sign of suspension failure is increased stopping distance when the brakes are in good shape. Your suspension usually absorbs much of the force needed to stop your car. When it wears down, it can’t do this as well anymore. This is not only inconvenient, it’s also very dangerous.
 
But one good way to actively test your Cadillac SRX for suspension problems is to use the “bounce test.” To do this, press down hard on each corner of your vehicle. Watch as the bumper rises back into place. It should come up quickly and settle immediately. If it bounces around before settling or takes a long time to rise up, you probably have an issue at that corner.

Air suspension failure isn’t a Cadillac problem, it’s an air suspension problem.

 
The SRX suspension problems were so common in some models of this Cadillac that the NHTSA actually investigated. But these kinds of issues are not unique to Cadillac. They are a problem with air suspensions as a whole.
 
An air suspension is a complex system of interconnected parts. A ride height sensor takes constant readings and sends them to the suspension control module. This module converts that into instructions for the air compressor. The compressor generates pressurized air and pushes it through air supply lines into the air strut, also called an air spring. This air inflates the air spring, leveling the vehicle to the proper ride height.
 
If any one of these components fails, the whole system suffers. And these parts are all but guaranteed to fail. Moving parts like those in the height sensors just wear down over time. And flexible materials like rubber in the air springs are prone to getting scratched, punctured, or dry-rotting and cracking. That’s just the nature of these systems.
 
Common Cadillac SRX Suspension Problems

Fixing your air suspension can be extremely costly.

 
Air suspension components are not only prone to failure, they’re also expensive to replace. If you’ve taken your Cadillac SRX to the dealership to have the suspension problems looked at, you’ve already found this out. A replacement OEM air strut for your vehicle can cost more than $1,600.
 
But you won’t have to replace just one. If one of your air struts is worn out, the rest will fail soon. It is just a matter of time. That means you could pay more than $6,000 just for replacement air springs. That doesn’t include other parts that commonly wear out like the air compressor and ride height sensors.
 
There are high-quality third-party replacement parts available on the market. These may cost half as much as the OEM parts, or even less. But remember, these are very complex systems. Working on them takes time. And time under the hood is expensive. Even saving on parts, repairing your air suspension can still cost you thousands.
 

But you do have other options.

 
Fortunately, Cadillac SRX owners do have another option for fixing their suspension problems. Strutmasters has engineered an air suspension replacement kit that allows you to get rid of that air suspension altogether and replace it with durable steel shocks and coil springs.
 
The engineers at Strutmasters have designed this kit to bring your SRX back as close as possible to its original ride. Each Made-in-the-USA cold-wound steel spring has been perfectly tuned and rated to provide the perfect balance of give and resistance for your Cadillac.
 
For just $469, less than a third of the cost of just one OEM air spring, you can replace all four corners of your suspension. Made from high-quality steel and other materials, these kits save money through simplicity. Rather than a network of electrical signals, pressurized air, and flexible rubber, it uses good old-fashioned mechanical resistance and hardened steel to support your Cadillac.
 
When it comes to installation, you can save even more. These kits are designed to be simple enough to install at home with just a few tools and a safe, robust jack. But even if a DIY installation isn’t in your wheelhouse, you’ll still save on labor fees. The simple design means fewer hours in the shop.
 
Strutmasters includes a one-year warranty on each Cadillac SRX replacement kit and backs the springs themselves with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
 

Ready to convert and save?

 
Converting your SRX from an air suspension to a coilover suspension is much cheaper than repairing it at the dealership. It’s also simpler and can last much longer. If you’re ready to end your Cadillac SRX suspension problems for good without breaking the bank, you won’t find a better option.
 
You can order your replacement kit online. But if you’re still not sure, you can always give us a call at 866-664-0252. Our team of Suspension Experts is ready to take your call and answer any questions you might have. They can also take your order over the phone and help you confirm that you’re getting exactly what you need.
 
Don’t wait any longer to fix your Cadillac SRX suspension problems. Order a genuine Strutmasters suspension kit to convert and save today.

Bentley Continental Suspension Failure? Here’s How To Fix It

Bentley Continental suspension problems
We don’t have to tell you how special your Bentley Continental GT is. Anyone who’s seen one in person already knows. The Continental exemplifies all that is Bentley–incredible performance and unrivaled luxury. But unfortunately, most Bentley Continental owners find out about one of the vehicle’s only shortcomings the hard way–an air suspension system that just doesn’t last.
 
If you’re looking for the best fix for your Bentley Continental suspension problems, keep reading. You won’t find a better solution anywhere else.
 

Look for early warning signs of Bentley suspension problems.

 
Your Bentley is a high-tech machine. As a result, it has its own onboard suspension monitoring system. So when your suspension issues get serious enough, you’ll see the suspension warning light illuminate on the dash. But at that point, your suspension problems have gotten pretty advanced already.
 
As with any issue in your car, early detection is the key to spending less on fixing it. There are several warning sings that you can look for if you suspect your Continental is having suspension problems.
 
Is your air compressor running much longer than it used to? Making more noise than it did before? Either one of these indicates that your compressor is working too hard to pump air to the air springs–and a problem in your suspension.
 
Another warning sign is the dreaded nose dive. This is when, as you come to a stop, the front end of your Bentley dips down while the rear end lifts up. If your Continental is sagging down or leaning to one side, that’s also an indication of a problem.
 
But one of the easiest ways to test your suspension is to perform the bounce test. To do that, just walk to each corner of your Continental and push down hard. In a car with a healthy suspension, that corner will pop right back into place. If it takes a while to rise again, or bounces up and down before settling, you’ve got a problem at that corner.

Fixing your Bentley suspension issues at the dealership can cost you a fortune.

 
Suspension issues aren’t just annoying. They can be dangerous. Knowing that you may have already taken your Continental to the Bentley dealership to look at the suspension issues. And if you did, the repair quote you got back might have sent you into a mild state of shock. Air suspensions can be incredibly expensive to repair.
 
Just one replacement air strut can cost you more than $1,000. And here’s the thing about air struts–they wear out at about the same rate. That means that once one goes out, the rest are soon to follow. That’s not a Bentley problem, it’s an air suspension problem. They are simply destined to fail at some point.
 
Other high-tech parts like your onboard suspension control module or ride height sensors can cost a small fortune as well. Not to mention the air compressor.
 
Once you consider that all of these parts are going to wear out and fail at some point, the total cost of repairs starts to get out of hand.
 
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Even using aftermarket parts can get expensive.

 
“But what about aftermarket Bentley Continental suspension parts?” you might ask. They do exist. And they will save you a little on the parts. But as anyone who’s owned a Bentley can tell you, the parts are only part of the expense of maintenance.
 
Air suspensions are incredibly complicated systems. A ride height sensor constantly measures how high the vehicle is riding at each wheel and sends that information to the suspension control module. This onboard computer then sends that information to the air compressor. The compressor generates pressurized air and pumps it through the air lines and into the air springs to inflate them. This is what keeps your car suspended off of the ground.
 
If that sounds complicated, it’s because it is. And that complicated nature translates into lots of time under the hood to fix it. So while you might save some money on your replacement air suspension components, you’ll still have to pay a ton to have them installed.
 

You do have a better, cheaper way to fix your Bentley Continental suspension failure.

 
Fortunately, you do have options. After years of development and popular demand, Strutmasters, the leader in air-to-non-air conversions, has just released a conversion kit to completely fix the suspension on your Bentley Continental.
 
With this kit, you can get rid of that troublesome air suspension altogether and replace it with sturdy coilover shocks and struts. Rather than air and rubber, your Bentley will sit on durable steel struts and cold-wound steel springs.
 
Our engineers have spent countless hours perfecting the tuning on these kits to provide a comfortable ride that might remind you of your Continental back when it was new. Thanks to Strutmasters’ Glide Ride technology, you’ll enjoy the same smooth, cloud-like ride you’ve come to expect in a Bentley once again.
 
With this kit, you can replace your entire Bentley Continental suspension for not much more than the cost of just one air spring replacement. Even better, this kit is designed to be very simple–so simple, in fact, that many of our customers choose to do the installation at home. All you need is the better part of an afternoon, some common tools, a sturdy jack, and a little DIY know-how. But even if you’re not confident in your shop skills, the simplicity of this kit means an easy install for your mechanic. That translates to a much lower labor bill.
 
The savings don’t stop with the installation, either. We’ve backed this kit with a one-year limited warranty and the coil springs with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. That means savings well into the future.
 

Ready to convert and get back on the road?

 
If you’re like most Bentley Continental owners, you’re probably ready to fix that suspension failure once and for all and get back to enjoying the ride. This Strutmasters air suspension conversion kit can help you do that for a fraction of what you might have thought you’d have to pay.
 
When you’re ready, you can place your order online and expect your kit soon. Not 100% sure just yet? Give our Suspension Experts a call at 866-722-1707. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and make extra sure you’re getting exactly what you need for your Bentley. Don’t ride around on a bad suspension another minute!

Replace Your Jeep Grand Cherokee Air Suspension to Save Thousands

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has some common suspension problems.
Since 1993, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been one of the most recognized SUVs on the market. Combining rugged American utility with a touch of space and luxury, there’s a lot to love about the Grand Cherokee. The vehicle does so much well, but it does have ONE glaring weakness – the factory air suspension system.

 

Jeep owners have recognized a number of problems with the Quadralift factory air suspension system as it ages. Like other air suspensions, the Quadralift has a limited working life. As the miles add up, parts eventually start to wear down, leading to a vehicle that’s uncomfortable and even unsafe to drive.
 

You can look for suspension problems yourself.

 
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has an internal system that looks for suspension problems. When it finds one, you’ll see an “Immediate Service/Repair Required” light on the instrument cluster.
 
But even before the suspension warning light comes on, there are warning signs of a failing suspension. For example, you might notice that the compressor is running loudly or for much longer than average. This indicates a problem somewhere in the system.
 
Another warning sign is the dreaded “nose dive.” This is when, as you come to a stop, the front end of your Jeep Cherokee dips down while the rear end raises up.
 
But one surefire way to check your suspension is to perform the “bounce test.” This is very simple. Just walk to each corner of your Jeep and push down hard on the bumper and let go. The corner should spring back into place immediately. If it is slow to rise or bounces up and down before settling into place, you likely have a suspension problem at that corner.
 
If you notice any of these warning signs, you should consider getting it repaired immediately. Suspension issues in your Jeep Grand Cherokee will only get worse over time.
 

Some suspension problems are common to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

 
Air suspensions like the Jeep Quadralift are complex systems. There are any number of things that can go wrong. But some issues are more common than others. Front suspension issues are more common than rear suspension issues, for example. These are some of the most commonly-reported suspension problems.
 
  • Broken air spring. The air springs in your vehicle have soft rubber components that can puncture, tear, rot, or simply just wear out over time.
  • Punctured air lines. Your Grand Cherokee pushes air to the air springs through the air lines. These lines can get punctured from road debris.
  • Noisy compressor. As parts of the suspension start to wear down, the compressor will work harder to keep the system working. This causes extra wear and tear on the compressor which causes it to overwork and eventually fail.
 

Fixing it at the dealership is expensive—and may not last.

 
Most people’s first reaction to suspension problems in their Grand Cherokee is to take it to the dealership for repair. If you choose to go this route, the dealership will replace any broken parts with OEM parts. If you have any experience with this, you know that this can get expensive quickly.
 
For example, one OEM replacement air spring runs over $800. And when one of your air springs starts to go, the rest are sure to follow. These parts tend to wear out at about the same rate. Replacing all four wheels can cost you thousands in parts alone.
 
You can save some money by going with aftermarket air suspension parts. But even as you save a little on parts, you still have to pay shop fees. With air suspensions being as complex as they are, your mechanic will have to spend a lot of time under the hood to do just about anything.
 
There’s just no way around it. Air suspensions are incredibly expensive to fix.

You now have a much better option for fixing your Jeep Grand Cherokee suspension problems.

 
There is some good news for Grand Cherokee owners. In response to customer demand, Strutmasters has just released a suspension replacement kit for 2016-2020 models in addition to its popular kits for the 2011-2015 models. These kits allow you to ditch that troublesome air suspension entirely and switch it out for something much more reliable and much less expensive. It’s a lifesaver for anyone experiencing suspension issues with their Jeep.
 
Rather than computers, flexible rubber, and air, this kit sits your Grand Cherokee on sturdy, dependable steel struts and perfectly tuned cold-wound springs. With Strutmasters’ Glide-Ride Technology, you’ll enjoy a smooth ride that compares to your air suspension when it was new.
 
One of the biggest advantages of this kit is just how simple and easy it is to install. Many of our customers choose to install these kits at home. All you need is a few common tools, a sturdy jack, and some minimal DIY skills. Most people can complete the install in about an hour per wheel. But even if you don’t want to install it yourself, the simple design means your mechanic will spend less time working on your Jeep. That translates into big labor cost savings.

But perhaps the biggest advantage of all is price. Starting at $1,199, you can replace your entire Jeep Grand Cherokee suspension and end those problems for less than you’d pay for just two replacement air springs. Once you install the kit, we back it with a one-year warranty and the coil springs with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee.

Ready to convert and save?

 
Unless you just love spending money and trips to the dealership, it’s easy to see why this suspension replacement kit is a much better option for your Jeep. It’s the inexpensive long-term fix you’ve been looking for.
 
If you’re ready to convert, we’re ready to help. You can purchase your kit directly from our website. But if you have any questions or you’re not completely sure that this is the right choice for you, our Suspension Experts are here for you. Just call 866-684-0528.
 

This is the Best Way To Fix Nivomat Suspension Problems

Nivomat shocks problems - Volvo

If you have Nivomat shocks in your car, you know that they can do a great job–while they work. The problem is that too often, they don’t last. Like other active suspensions, Nivomats use a network of moving parts to get the job done. Those parts are destined to wear out and fail eventually. 

If you’re experiencing any of the tell-tale signs of a failed Nivomat suspension such as a sagging rear end of your vehicle, excessive noise, or an entirely-too-bouncy ride, it’s time to get that fixed. A bad Nivomat suspension can do all kinds of damage to your entire vehicle if you keep driving on it.

What Are Nivomat Shocks, Exactly?

The Nivomat shock absorber is a monotube, self-leveling mechanical shock absorber. It was first developed by the German engineering company ZF Sachs. These shocks utilize your vehicle’s mechanical energy to keep it stable and level.

Many manufacturers have chosen to use Nivomat shocks these days. Industry giants like Volvo, Kia, Jaguar, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler include them in some of their models. Some of these companies offer them only in premium-tier models or configurations.

How Do Nivomat Shocks Work?

Air suspensions auto-level your vehicle with complex systems that include a suspension control module, electronic ride height sensors, inflatable air springs, an air compressor and many other components. Nivomat shocks get the job done without any of that. But that doesn’t mean they’re not complex systems in their own right.

Nivomat shocks are typically installed in the rear of the vehicle. They don’t require any electronic intervention. Instead, they use an internal fluid and valve system to get the job done. Here’s how.

When you load up your vehicle with people or cargo, this puts pressure on the shock. That pressure pushes fluid out of an internal reservoir and into the valving system. This increases the spring rate accordingly to keep the car from “squatting.” Squatting is when the back of the vehicle sags down, giving the car the appearance of crouching down.

These shocks have an accumulator that allows it to lift or level out the vehicle. Inside the shocks, a pump mechanism gradually increases pressure on the accumulator. This same mechanism also increases the shocks’ damping force to help keep the ride smooth.

Your car needs to be moving to generate enough energy to get the pump to start working. You typically need to drive about a mile before your car gets to its ideal leveling point. That’s why your car might look or feel like it’s sagging when you start it up.

Sound complicated? That’s because it is. And that’s where the problems begin.

How can I repair my Nivomat shocks if I’m having suspension issues?

Your first instinct was probably to take your vehicle to the dealership. If you already tried to fix or replace your Nivomat suspension that way, you may have been bowled over by the repair estimate. As it turns out, all that technology comes with a pretty high price tag. 

But let’s say you do fork out that money for the OEM replacement. Aren’t you just putting the same system that just failed you back into your vehicle? Remember: the moving parts in these systems are guaranteed to wear out eventually. If you go that route, it may not be long before you’re back in the same situation.

Can I replace my Nivomats with standard shock absorbers?

Yes, you can! If your car came with a Nivomat suspension, installing a different kind of suspension is not only possible, it’s very simple. That is if you choose shocks and struts from the right manufacturer.

If you try to replace your car’s Nivomat shocks with ill-fitting or poorly-made traditional ones, you will likely notice two issues. First, your ride quality will suffer. You may notice more bumps in the road and your car may even feel a little “floaty.” But you might also notice that your vehicle’s rear end may consistently sag around two inches, whether or not it’s loaded up.

However, if you buy your replacement shocks from a high-quality manufacturer, they’ll be properly designed and rated for your vehicle. Once installed, you’ll get back to the kind of ride you were used to before your Nivomat shocks started having issues. 

What Are The Benefits of Switching to Standard Shocks?

Nivomat shocks have a lot to offer drivers. But so do standard shocks. In fact, you might even prefer them. Here are some of the things standard suspensions can offer you. 

  • Durability. The Nivomat system works great while it lasts, but they do have a limited lifetime. Standard shocks, if made properly, can be much more sturdy and reliable. That’s especially true if you go with an experienced high-quality manufacturer.
  • Simplicity. Nivomat shocks aren’t quite as complicated as an active air suspension, but they’re still pretty complex. With its system of valves and fluids, there is still a lot that can go wrong. Standard shocks use simple mechanical resistance to do the same job, but with no risk of leaks or blown valves.
  • Ease of installation. With such a simple setup, the installation of replacement shocks is relatively easy. Nivomats need to be carefully installed and often must be calibrated during installation. But standard shocks just require a few mounting points. That means if you’re handy with a wrench, you can probably DIY the installation. And if you choose to get a mechanic to do it, they won’t need to spend so many expensive hours under the hood.
  • Cost. They might not carry the same price tag as an air suspension system, but Nivomat shocks can still be expensive. As an alternative, you can get standard shocks for around half the price or even less. By switching to standard shocks, you’ll also save money on installation, whether you DIY them or get them installed by a mechanic.

Where can I buy a high-quality kit to replace my Nivomat shocks?

Here at Strutmasters, we’ve been helping people outfit their cars with high-quality, affordable suspension replacement kits for over 20 years. It’s what we do. We’ve spent years developing and testing our kits to make sure they’re as good or better than anything on the market. After all that time and attention, we’re happy to finally make them available.

Our kits include top-shelf shocks and our signature stainless steel springs, designed and tuned to be a perfect match for your vehicle. These kits offer the same Glide Ride technology that has separated us from our competitors for the last two decades. And best yet, we’re offering the same Limited Lifetime Warranty we include with our standard conversion kits. That means that as long as your vehicle is on the road, we guarantee our suspension components will work for you.

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

Fix Lexus GX 470 Air Suspension Problems

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 spring. 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 to function 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. 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. And in the meantime, even just replacing one of those air springs can set you back nearly $1,000.

 

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.

 

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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! That’s more than $3,000 you’ve saved on replacing all four wheels. 

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.


Our engineers have 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 Limited Guarantee. That means that you can rest assured knowing that your suspension is going to last.

 

Ready to end your Lexus GX 470 suspension problems forever?


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.