Maintenance and Repairs

Want to Fix Your Acura MDX Suspension Problems? Here’s the Right Way.

You can fix your Acura MDX suspension for cheaper than you think.

Are you getting the dreaded suspension light in your Acura MDX and looking for the right fix? Seeing warning signs of a busted suspension?

Suspension problems are one of the most common complaints with Acura MDX owners. The active suspension on your Acura MDX is especially susceptible to wearing out and having all sorts of suspension issues. Even worse, fixing them can be a total nightmare. The parts and labor are expensive and the repairs can seem endless once they begin.

 

Acura MDX Electronic suspension woes

 

Your Acura MDX features an electronic suspension that was very innovative for its time. This active suspension uses magnetically controlled ferrofluids to create responsive resistance. These non-Newtonian fluids respond to electronic signals to dampen the ride of your MDX. While this is certainly innovative and effective for some time, it comes with a whole host of problems.

The main issue is not with the effectiveness of this electronic suspension, but with its long-term durability. All active suspensions are complex, requiring a control module to process and send signals to different components. These components form a complicated chain of interconnected parts that rely on each other to function properly.

Therefore, when there is an issue with one component, the entire system suffers.

What that means is that often replacing just one component isn’t enough to solve your Acura MDX suspension issues. Given the number of moving parts and electronics in the system, one part needing to be repaired or replaced means you’ve got many more on the way.

 

Fixing your Acura MDX suspension can be incredibly expensive.

 

The complex nature of your MDX electronic suspension means that the individual components can often be very expensive.

Just your front struts can set you back around $900 per strut! Your rear shocks run around $500 per OEM strut. That means you’re looking at around $2,800 just to replace the struts. That says nothing of a busted compressor, control module or any of the other components in the system.

In addition, the complexity and sensitivity of these parts means a lot of time under the hood to install them. Those expensive labor fees will start to stack up very quickly.

All in all, you’re looking at a mighty repair bill just to get your Acura MDX suspension back in working order. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

 

You can fix your Acura MDX suspension for good if you use a Strutmasters conversion kit.

 

There’s a better, more wallet-friendly solution for your Acura MDX.

 

There is another option for repairing your broken Acura MDX suspension. Rather than continuing to invest thousands into your aging vehicle with no guarantee that the repairs will end, consider just ditching that electronic suspension altogether.

That’s right, you don’t have to put up with the endless repairs any longer. Ever since Strutmasters released its Acura MDX 4 Wheel Active Electronic Suspension Conversion Kit, it has been one of our most popular items.

A big reason for that is price. Simply put, you’ll save thousands of dollars by converting to this reliable coilover suspension kit.

For starters, the entire kit has been reduced by nearly 20%. In response to the massive popularity of this conversion kit, we’ve decided to make it even more affordable.

Now Acura MDX owners can replace all four wheels of their vehicle and eliminate the suspension warning light for less than $1,000. That’s just a little more than what it would cost to replace just one front electronic strut.

Best of all, these kits are designed to be incredibly easy to install. Most DIYers find they can replace their Acura MDX suspension with a sturdy jack and tools they already have at home. The estimated time to replace is just one hour per wheel.

Even if you don’t want to do the installation yourself, the simplicity of these kits means your mechanic can install it quickly and easily at their shop. That means less money spent on labor, too.

 

Ready to convert?

 

Unless you want to spend thousands and keep going back to the dealer or mechanic, the Strutmasters Acura MDX 4 Wheel Active Electronic Suspension Conversion Kit is the perfect solution.

Buy your kit online or give us a call at (866) 669-9456. One of our Suspension Experts will be more than happy to make sure you get just what you need for your Acura MDX.

Why Getting An Alignment After Suspension Repairs Is A Must

You should always get an alignment after suspension repairs.

If you’ve just gotten major suspension work done on your vehicle, you might be eager to get out and drive. Chances are, your car’s performance has suffered from those issues and so has your enjoyment of driving it. But before you do, make absolutely certain you get an alignment done after your suspension repairs. There are a few reasons why you shouldn’t skip this important step.

Not all suspension parts are exactly the same.

When you get major suspension repairs done, you’ll usually be replacing one or several parts. Even if you’re using all OEM parts, these components may not always match up exactly with your original parts. In addition, the wear and tear on your other components will mean that they’ve changed a little over time. New parts just won’t give you a 100% perfect match. Sometimes that can translate to a misaligned suspension.

Things can get bumped or moved during repairs.

Repairing anything on a car can be a difficult job. That’s why mechanics spend so much time learning how to do the work. During suspension repairs, it’s easy for things to get misaligned. Tightening one nut can pull other components slightly in another direction. Installing a new strut can move a control arm out of place. It’s not hard at all to accidentally bump something during an install or repair, either. No matter how skilled your mechanic is, alignment issues are common after you’ve gotten suspension repairs done.

You’ll want to get a feel for your suspension.

If you’re getting major suspension repairs done, it’s probably been some time since you’ve felt how your car drives with a properly working suspension. You’ll want to learn how that feels. This can help you troubleshoot future problems. And if you’re sticking with an active suspension instead of converting to coils, you will have problems. An alignment done resets your vehicle’s suspension. Once you get one done, you can get a good idea of what your vehicle’s suspension is supposed to feel like. That way, you’ll be able to recognize when something feels off.

An alignment will help you get a good feel for your car after suspension repairs.

It’s probably time for one anyway.

Let’s face it. Getting an alignment done on your vehicle isn’t always high on everyone’s list of things to do. Most people consider it more of an annoyance than anything else. But driving around in a poorly-aligned vehicle can lead to serious problems.

  • You’ll blow through tires. One of the most common symptoms of a misaligned vehicle is uneven tire wear. Since your vehicle is not sitting evenly on your wheels, this causes tires to wear out in ways that the manufacturer didn’t intend. This seriously increases the risk of blowouts and shortens the life of your tires.
  • You’ll wear your suspension out early. Your suspension is meant to hold your vehicle up in a certain way. If your car is misaligned, it puts stress on your suspension in ways that it wasn’t designed to bear. That can lead to your suspension wearing out well before its expected lifetime is up.
  • It can hurt your brakes, too. You might not usually think of it in this way, but your car’s suspension is an important part of its braking system. It absorbs a lot of the force of stopping. If it’s not aligned properly, that force isn’t being distributed evenly throughout the suspension system. That can wreak havoc on your brakes, as they’re forced to pick up the extra load.
  • You’ll waste fuel. Misalignments cause a phenomenon known as tire drag. This is when one or several wheels isn’t spinning exactly as it should, causing the tires to create friction with the road. That can seriously reduce your car’s gas mileage and cost you significant amounts of money.
  • It can put you in danger. The suspension in your car is one of its most important safety features. It’s an essential part of your steering and braking systems. When you’re driving at highway speeds, a misaligned suspension can make steering much more difficult. It also makes braking more difficult, meaning your car will take longer to come to a complete stop. A bad suspension makes driving more difficult and makes accidents much harder to avoid.

Your car might still ride a little uneven after suspension repairs and an alignment, but you can fix that.

So you’ve gotten your suspension repairs done and you’ve been a good car owner and gotten an alignment done before you did any major driving. But you’re still feeling the car pulling, or maybe you’re noticing some uneven tire tread. What gives?

As the factory parts in your vehicle wear down, differences in that wear and tear can cause camber issues. Camber is the inward and outward tilt of the wheels in your vehicle. Even a proper alignment service can’t always fix these problems 100%. But thanks to a new camber kit from Strutmasters, you now have an easy way to make adjustments.

These hex chromate-free 700-hour salt spray-tested cam bolts are exactly the kind of durable solution you need for your vehicle. You’ll enjoy the same adjustment range as your factory cam. They provide you with a range of ±2° for camber and caster, making it easy to make adjustments as needed.

Our engineers have designed each kit specifically for the vehicle it matches to ensure maximum compatibility. They’re the perfect complement to any Strutmasters suspension conversion kit. Like our conversion kits, it’s a simple, low-cost, high-quality solution that helps you get back on the road and back to enjoying your vehicle.

It’s important to note that you’ll need a kit for each wheel that needs adjustment. Make sure to get everything you need so you don’t need to order again.

Fix Porsche Panamera Ride Height and Suspension Issues

Porsche Panamera is a great vehicle, but suspension problems are common.

Has your Porsche Panamera experienced a sudden loss of ride height? Is the vehicle sitting way too low or riding rough? Do you hear the onboard air compressor running non-stop?

Even before you see the “Suspension Extremely Low” or “Chassis Failure” warning lights, these signs can indicate a failure in your Porsche Panamera active suspension system. Suspension problems only get worse with more use and more time on the road. The longer you ignore these problems, the more expensive it will be to fix them.

Fixing Porsche Panamera Suspension Issues

Your first instinct might be to head straight to your Porsche dealer. Maybe you’ve already done that. And if you did, you may have gone into shock when you saw the estimate for repairs. Something as simple as a punctured air strut on your Panamera could set you back nearly $1,000 after parts and labor.  

But even that won’t fix your air suspension woes. To truly fix your Panamera air suspension, you’ll need to replace all four struts and some of the other equipment–such as your air compressor or suspension control module. The reason is that parts like your air springs are destined to fail at some point, and they tend to wear out at the same rate. These are high-tech specialty components. They’re very expensive and also require a lot of time under the hood to repair or replace. That translates to a huge bill from the dealership or mechanic. Fixing your entire suspension could easily break the $10,000 mark. No matter how much you love your Porsche Panamera, that’s tough to swallow.

A Better Solution For Your Panamera Suspension Problems

Strutmasters.com is pleased to announce an affordable alternative to those unaffordable repairs. We have developed a top-of-the-line suspension conversion kit that solves the problem for good and saves our customers thousands.

Our all-new product is designed for 2010 to 2016 Porsche Panamera models and converts the expensive and complicated factory air struts, air springs and electronic shocks to our exclusive passive steel coil springs, struts and shocks that deliver a great ride at a fraction of the price of original equipment components.

With over 20 years of dealing with these complicated active suspension systems, Strutmasters is the leader in premium suspension conversion kits. Our suspension conversion kits are designed right off of the chassis of the vehicle, so we can ensure a perfect fit every time! You or your mechanic simply bolt off the old components and bolt ours right in place. We can have you back on the road for a fraction of the cost with no more air suspension headaches!

Best of all, with our Limited Lifetime Guarantee, your struts, springs and shocks are all guaranteed for the remainder of your vehicle’s lifetime. That means that after you install this kit, you won’t have to worry about costly air suspension repairs ever again. You and your Panamera will spend less time in the shop and more time on the road.

Are you ready to save big and kiss those air suspension issues goodbye forever? Call us today at 866-684-6473 to Fix It Once, Fix It Right with a Strutmasters.com suspension conversion kit.


How To Fix Your VW Touareg Suspension Problems Once And For All

You can end your VW Touareg suspension problems today by converting to coils.

There is a lot to love about the Volkswagen Touareg. Since its debut, the crossover SUV has been celebrated for its off-road capabilities with sports car-like handling. It’s got style, power, and finesse. But, as you might have noticed, it has a few issues. One of the most common issues with the VW Touareg is persistent suspension problems.

Maybe you got a suspension warning light. Perhaps you’ve just noticed that the suspension isn’t what it used to be. Or maybe you’ve already spent thousands of dollars trying to repair your faulty suspension and you’re looking for an answer. Let’s take a look at what causes these suspension issues and how you can fix them once and for all.

How To Tell If Your VW Touareg Is Having Suspension Problems

There are a few ways to tell if your VW Touareg is having suspension failure. The first and most obvious sign would be the “check suspension” light. However, just because you don’t see this warning light doesn’t mean there aren’t problems. There are other warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore.

One obvious sign is if your Touareg starts to do the dreaded “nose dive.” This is when, as you come to a stop, the front of the car dips down while the rear end lifts up. This gives your vehicle the appearance of “crouching.” If this is happening to you, you can bet you’ve got suspension problems.

You might also notice noises that just don’t sound right. Some VM Touareg drivers have described popping or rattling noises from the suspension. This could indicate an issue with your suspension. So would an air compressor that’s running too long or too loud.

There’s also an easy way for you to check your suspension yourself. The “bounce test” is a pretty reliable way to see how your suspension is holding up. Simply walk to each corner of your VM Touareg and push down hard until you can’t push it down any further. Watch the corner as it comes back up. Does it spring back into place? If so, that corner is fine. If it takes a while to come back up or bounces up and down as it does, you probably have an issue at that wheel.

Why Your VW Touareg Keeps Having Suspension Issues

Let’s be clear: the suspension problems aren’t unique to your VW Touareg. These issues are common in all cars with air suspensions. As great as these suspensions are, they are highly complex systems that rely on everything working together. Let’s walk through how your air suspension actually works.

 

VW Touareg air suspension problems

 

Ride height sensors at each wheel constantly measure dips and bumps in the road. They also send that information to a special computer called a control module. This computer sends information to the air compressor which generates pressurized air and pumps it into airbags at each wheel. These air struts raise (or lower) the suspension as needed.

If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. While these systems work well when they work, it’s easy to see how things can start to fail. Since all of these components are interconnected, one part wearing down puts stress on the whole system. For example, a small crack or hole in an air strut can cause the compressor to work overtime and wear down early. To top it off, many of these components are moving parts or made from flexible, often flimsy components. Failure of the system is basically inevitable.

Why Fixing Your Touareg Suspension Is So Expensive

If you’ve taken your Volkswagen Touareg to the dealership to have them look at your suspension problems, you know how expensive it can be to fix things. The high-tech components that make up your air suspension system are expensive. A single air strut can cost you upwards of $300. And once one goes out, the rest are soon to follow. It is only a matter of time before you’ll have to replace the other three. That’s not to mention other expensive components like the suspension control module and compressor.

Even if you go with aftermarket parts and not VW’s OEM parts, you’ll still have a big shop labor bill. These components are expensive and require a lot of work to replace. That means lots of billable hours.

Unfortunately, if you want to replace your air suspension components and keep your Touareg on the road, it’s going to cost you a lot.

Is There A Better Way To Fix Your Touareg Suspension?

There is, in fact, an alternative to sky-high replacement costs. Strutmasters has developed a kit that allows you to get rid of your failing air suspension altogether and replace it with a robust, dependable coil suspension.

Rather than air struts that will eventually wear down, your Touareg will be sitting on hardened steel struts and cold-wound springs made and assembled right here in the USA. You won’t have to worry anymore about flimsy components, moving parts, or computers wearing down and giving out. Best of all, you get to keep that signature balance between a comfortable ride and sporty handling that your Touareg is known for.

 

 

These kits are so simple, many of our customers choose to DIY the installation at home. All you need is a proper jack, a few common tools, and about an hour for each wheel. Not too handy with your car? The easy and quick installation means you’ll still save money even if you take it to the shop to have your new suspension installed.

We are so confident in the quality of this kit that we’re willing to guarantee these struts for the rest of your vehicle’s working life. The Strutmasters Limited Lifetime Guarantee means that as long as your Volkswagen Touareg is running, your air suspension problems are over–guaranteed.

How Do I Get My Suspension Replacement Kit?

If you think you’re ready to convert, all you need to do is purchase your kit online and wait for it to arrive. Still have questions? We’ve got a team of Suspension Experts standing by to help you make sure you’re getting exactly what you need. Don’t hesitate to call at 866-317-1579. We’ll be happy to hear from you.

 

Audi Q7 Suspension Fault? Here’s The Right Way To Fix It

The Strutmaster replacement kit will help you never have an Audi Q7 suspension fault again.

The Audi Q7 has so much going for it. With its rare combination of off-road capability, sporty handling and the smooth ride you want in a daily driver, it’s not hard to see why this crossover SUV has been so popular around the world. With high-quality engineering, ample power, and style to match, the Audi Q7 does a lot right. But that doesn’t mean the folks at Audi got everything right! One of the most common issues — one you may be familiar with — is a faulty air suspension system in the Audi Q7. And if you’ve had the vehicle long enough, you may have noticed these problems just get worse over time.

Let’s take a deeper look at how you can tell if your Audi Q7 has a suspension fault, what might be causing those problems, and how you can fix them the right way.

How To Tell If Your Audi Q7 Is Having Suspension Problems

There are several ways to figure out if your Audi Q7 has a fault in the suspension. Your vehicle comes equipped with a suspension warning light. If the problem is serious enough, you will see this light illuminated in the instrument cluster. You may also experience a sudden loss of ride height from three to five inches.  But even if the suspension warning light isn’t on, there still may be a problem. There are other red flags or warning signs that you shouldn’t overlook.

One dead giveaway is a suspension system that’s overly noisy or making strange sounds. Some Q7 drivers have described a “pop” or “clunk” coming the suspension. You might also hear the compressor getting louder;  working harder than normal or running for longer than normal on a single cycle. Any of these symptoms would indicate a problem. If you hear them, you should address them.

Another telltale sign of an Audi Q7 suspension wearing out is if your vehicle does a “nose dive” when coming to a stop. This is when, as you apply the brakes, the back of the car lifts up while the front of the car dips down towards the ground. From outside the vehicle it can look like the car is crouching.

Intermittent loss of ride height is one of the most obvious signs.  The vehicle may lower for a bit, then raise back up again.

Even if you haven’t noticed any of these yet, it’s never a bad idea to be proactive. Fortunately, the “bounce test” is an easy, quick method to test the condition of your suspension. Just walk around your vehicle and press down firmly at each corner. The corners should pop right back into place and settle quickly. If the bumper takes a long time to return to its normal position or if it bounces up and down before settling, you likely have an issue with that corner of the vehicle.

Why Your Audi Q7 Keeps Having Suspension Issues

It’s not just your Audi Q7 that keeps having suspension error messages. This is a common issue with air suspensions in general. While they do provide a wonderful ride, they just don’t last forever. Here are just a few reasons for that.

  • Complex systems. Factory air systems are a high-tech, expensive suspension solution. They work by employing ride height sensors at each wheel to constantly assess the dips and bumps in the road surface. Then, the sensors send their readings to a specialized computer called a suspension control module. This module sends that information to the compressor where it makes pressurized air and sends it to inflate the air struts as needed to respond to changes in the road surface. What this means in a practical sense is that you’ve got a lot of complicated components in your Q7’s air suspension. As with anything else, more parts means more chances for things to go wrong.
  • Moving parts and flexible components.  Due to electronic parts like solenoids and height sensors;  and flexible materials like the rubber air springs, a suspension warning light in your Audi Q7 is all but inevitable. Moving parts, like the internal workings of an air compressor, simply wear out.  The rubber bladders of an air strut dry rot, crack and leak as they age.  Plus the electronics begin to fail.
  • Interdependent parts. A factory air suspension system relies on all of its components functioning well together. If one part fails, it puts stress on the whole system. Something as simple as tiny cracks seeping air from the rubber air springs can cause the compressor to work harder than it should and burn out quickly. A small problem can become a big, compound problem very quickly.

Why Replacing Your Audi Q7 Suspension Costs So Much Money

Did you try taking your Audi Q7 to the dealership so they could look at the suspension fault? And when you did, did the repair estimate send you into a state of shock? These air suspension systems are expensive. There are a few reasons for that.

 

 

  • Expensive components. As mentioned before, the parts for these systems are very high tech. As usual, that translates to high cost. Just a single Original Equipment air strut can range from $800 to $1200.  Much like a set of tires, these parts all wear out at the same rate.  Once the first one fails, three more are right behind it. That means that if you want to keep your air suspension “original,” four new air struts and a new air compressor could run upwards of $4000 or more.  And that’s before even taking a look at the electronics and other components.
  • High labor costs. As we mentioned, these systems are complicated. That means repairing them is complicated. Working on an air suspension system can run up a hefty labor bill in a hurry. So even if you go with the slightly cheaper option of third-party aftermarket air suspension components, you’ll still have to pay a small fortune in labor fees.
  • Perpetual failure. One part of your air suspension failing can cause a chain reaction that effects the entire system. That means that once you solve one problem, the seeming endless cycle of repairs is just beginning.  Each part or component failure leads to trips to the dealership and the repair costs to match. You bought your Audi Q7 to have fun, not to constantly deal with one suspension fault after another.

Is There A Better Way To Fix Your Audi Q7 Suspension?

Feeling like you’ll never see an end to your Q7 suspension issues? There is a way to end that air suspension nightmare forever. With more than 20 years of experience in dealing with these types of systems, Strutmasters has developed a replacement kit that allows you to get rid of the air suspension headaches forever!  Our exclusive suspension conversion kit allows you to bolt off those troublesome air struts and replace them with something much more dependable — fully assembled coil over struts made right here in the USA.

While air suspensions are destined to fail, this suspension conversion kit does the job without needing complicated electronics and moving parts. Rather than pressurized air and rubber, it uses our exclusive premium quality steel coil springs and high quality struts, fully assembled and ready to bolt right on your Audi Q7. There are no solenoids to replace, no air hoses that can get punctured by gravel and other road hazards, and no mechanical air compressor. And no more expensive and complicated electronics!  Just good old-fashioned steel coil springs and struts, tuned exactly for your Q7.

The result is a passive suspension that provides nice handling and a smooth ride that you’ll love.  It allows our customers to enjoy their Q7 vehicles for years to come with no more air suspension repairs.

 

 

Strutmasters designs these kits to be a simple, with as few moving parts as possible.  With our great installation instructions and available tech support, many of our customers prefer to skip the shop and swap out the suspension at home. All it takes is a reliable jack, a few common shop tools and about one hour per wheel. If you prefer to use a professional mechanic, the great instructions and direct fit will still save you money in actual labor costs.

We believe in putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to quality and customer satisfaction. Strutmasters has been around for more than 20 years and we back all of our suspension conversion kits with a great warranty and customer service not matched anywhere!  Most of our customers convert their suspension and never worry about it again.

How Do I Get Started?

Does ending your Audi Q7 air suspension problems forever sound like a good idea to you? Just order our kit online if you’re ready. If you still have some questions, we’ve got a team of Suspension Experts who will be delighted to help you. They can answer whatever questions you have about the kits or installation and help you make sure you have the right kit for your vehicle. Give us a call at 866-317-1579. We’d love to hear from you.

 

Volvo XC90 Suspension Service Required? The Best Way To Fix It

Here's how to fix your XC90 suspension service required message for good.

The folks at Volvo did a lot of things right with the XC90. Named one of Autotrader’s “Cars of the Decade,” the crossover SUV has almost the perfect balance of performance and comfort. However, over time many Volvo XC90 owners are noticing a ‘Suspension Service Required’ message. Even if you’ve gotten your air suspension serviced, you might get this message over and over again.

Before you take yet another trip to the dealership, let’s look at why these warning messages keep happening and what your options are for solving the problem.

How To Tell If Your Volvo XC 90 Is Having Suspension Problems

Even if you haven’t seen the ‘Suspension Service Required’ message in your Volvo XC90, you could still have suspension problems. Here are a few ways to check.

  • Look. Does your XC90 sit lower to the ground than it should? Compare your Volvo with pictures of new ones you see online. If you’re sitting low and there isn’t any additional weight or cargo in the vehicle, you may have a problem with your suspension.
  • Listen. Does your vehicle make strange sounds like creaking or popping? Many Volvo XC90 owners have reported strange noises going over uneven surfaces — even before seeing the Suspension Service Required message.
  • Feel. Use the bounce test. Walk to each wheel of the vehicle and push down on the bumper. Does it spring back into place? If so, the suspension at that wheel is probably fine. If it takes a while to come back up or bounces several times before settling, that could indicate a problem at that wheel.

Why You Keep Seeing ‘Suspension Service Required’

Truth be told, the problem isn’t just with the Volvo XC90. Recurring warning lights or error messages are common among all vehicles equipped with a factory air suspension system. These high-tech suspensions rely on a series of sensors and electronics to provide an excellent ride quality.  But as the vehicle ages and mileage increases, the system starts to fail. There are a few reasons why that’s the case.

  • Complicated systems. Here’s a brief rundown of how the active suspension in your Volvo XC90 works. It has ride height sensors at each wheel that constantly read the chassis height from the pavement.  These sensors send readings to a computer, called the suspension control module. The control module calculates how much air is needed to inflate or deflate the air springs. Then, it sends that information to the air compressor which generates pressurized air and pumps it to the air struts as needed. In short:  It’s an entire series of functions that must go perfectly for the system to do its job.
  • Flexible components and moving parts. With moving parts like electronic solenoids and rubber air bladders that develop cracks, tears or punctures over time, it’s no wonder that air suspensions fail. That Suspension Service Required light in your Volvo XC90 is more of a “when” than an “if.”
  • Interconnected components. All those high-tech components we just mentioned? In order to do their job properly, they all have to be working. One part failing can lead to extra stress on the other components. For example, if one of your ride height sensors is malfunctioning, it can send the wrong signals to your suspension control module and put a heavy load on your compressor, leading to early failure. One small problem in the system can compound very quickly.

Why Repairing Your Volvo XC 90 Suspension Is So Expensive

If you’ve taken your Volvo XC90 to the dealership to have the Suspension Service Required message looked at, you know it’s not cheap to fix. The high-dollar repair estimate might have even made you decide to just ignore the problem, leading to even more issues. Here’s why fixing the air suspension system on your Volvo XC90 costs so much:

  • Costly parts. The simple fact is components for the air suspension system cost a lot of money. A single air strut for your XC90 can range from $800 to $1200 each.  And just like a set of tires, once the rubber is shot in one of your air springs, the others are sure to follow. To truly fix your air suspension, you’ll need to address all four wheels of the vehicle. Since the entire system is failing, other components like compressors, sensors and the control module will drive up the already high cost of repairing the system.  We are talking thousands of dollars in just parts and components alone.
  • Big labor bills. Not only are these high-tech parts expensive, they’re also very precise and take lots of time to install. With the slightly higher labor cost for an import vehicle, that translates to a huge labor bill. The high-tech nature of the system precludes many Do-It-Yourself types from tackling the job.
  • Continuing failure. The interconnected suspension system means when one part wears down, others are wearing out too. That’s why you keep getting the Suspension Service Required message on your Volvo XC90 and why you have to keep heading back to the shop. Unless you replace all the components in the system all at once, your air suspension will continue to fail.

A Better Way To Fix Your Volvo XC 90 Suspension Problems

There is an alternative to the never-ending warning lights and suspension failures with your Volvo XC90. Here at Strutmasters, we’ve developed a conversion kit that allows you to end your factory air suspension woes once and for all. Rather than a complicated web of computers, sensors, and air suspension components, the Strutmasters conversion kit uses our exclusive American-made coil over struts for the front and new shocks and coil springs for the rear two wheels.  Our engineers have tailored and tuned this kit specifically for what XC90 drivers love about their vehicle–a nice smooth ride with sporty handling. 

The beauty in these 2016 – 2020 Volvo XC90 air suspension conversion kits is their simplicity. There are no computers to install, no sensors to calibrate, and no air compressor. Instead, you’ll get full assembled coil over struts for the front and new shocks and coil springs for the rear, plus detailed installation instructions you won’t find anywhere else. With our great instructions and available tech support, many of our customers choose to install the kit themselves. With a sturdy jack and some basic tools, you can safely convert your entire vehicle in about an hour per wheel.

But even if you don’t install this kit yourself, the bolt off, bolt on design and superior instructions mean you’ll be in and out of the shop in no time — saving on labor fees too.

 

 

With more than 20 years dealing with these types of factory suspensions, Strutmasters fully stands behind the quality of our suspension conversion kits. That’s why we offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all of our conversion systems as long as your own your XC90.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re ready to end your Volvo XC90 air suspension problems forever, just purchase the kit and we’ll get it on the way to you! Still have some questions? Our Suspension Experts are ready and waiting to take your questions on our hotline. Just give us a call at 866-317-1579 and we’ll make sure you get exactly what you need. Then you can get back to enjoying your Volvo.

Porsche Cayenne Suspension Problems? Here’s How To Fix Them

The answer to your Porsche Cayenne suspension problems is probably cheaper than you think.

The Porsche Cayenne is one of the most popular crossover SUVs on the road for a reason. The German-engineered vehicle combines the rugged off-road capability of an SUV with the sporty performance of a Porsche. While these vehicles are another example of the company’s mechanical and design excellence, they are not without their problems. Unfortunately, air suspension problems are an all-too-common issue for Porsche Cayenne owners.

Let’s take a look at how to spot suspension issues and what you can do about them.

How To Check For Suspension Problems On Your Porsche Cayenne

Your Porsche Cayenne comes with an onboard alert system to let you know if your suspension has major issues. If you see “WARNING AIR SUSPENSION” in the cluster, your suspension is in need of repair. But even if you don’t see this light, you could still be having suspension issues. Here are a few other ways to check.

  • Look for warning signs. Is your Cayenne sitting lower than it should? Are you experiencing intermittent loss of ride height? Compare how the vehicle looks now with a photo of a new one. If it appears to be sitting significantly lower (with no weight in the cargo area or passengers), it is likely you have a suspension problem.
  • Listen for strange sounds. Your Cayenne’s suspension should be more or less silent. If you hear the compressor running loudly or excessively; or hear any popping or creaking noises from the suspension, it’s an indication you’ve got a problem.
  • Feel for soft suspension. The bounce test is a quick, easy way to test your car’s suspension. You can identify problems with your Porsche Cayenne suspension by walking around your car and pushing down on the bumper at each wheel. Pay attention to how the bumper responds when you let go. It should spring right back into place. If it bounces around before settling or takes a long time to pop back up, this indicates worn components and a probable issue at that wheel.

Why Your Cayenne’s Suspension Problems Won’t Go Away

Having suspension problems once is bad enough. But for most Cayenne owners those problems don’t go away;  they keep getting worse. Here are a few reasons why problems continue to arise:

 

 

  • It’s a very complex system. Your Porsche Cayenne has an active suspension that uses pressurized air to support the weight of your vehicle. Ride height sensors at each wheel are constantly measuring the height of your chassis from the road. They send these readings to a central computer called a suspension control module. This module then instructs the compressor on how much air to generate and where to send it. Then, the compressor pushes this air to inflate the air struts to smooth out the ride. If it sounds complicated — it is!
  • Moving parts and breakable materials. The active suspension system in your car depends on a series of moving parts and components made with materials that are prone to wearing out. For example, the rubber bladder portion of your air springs begins to rot, crack, or tear over time — especially in cold environments.
  • Parts that rely on each other. In an air suspension system like the one in your Cayenne, each part depends on the entire system working flawlessly. One part malfunctioning could cause the other components to deteriorate early. For example, if your control module has a small malfunction, it could cause the compressor to work overtime and fail early.

Why It Costs So Much To Fix Your Air Suspension

If you’ve tried repairing your Cayenne’s air suspension, you know how expensive it can be. Just a single OEM replacement air strut can be in the $1200 to $1500 range. And here’s the thing about air struts: once one of them goes out, the rest are right behind them.  Think of it as buying one tire at a time for your vehicle instead of replacing the entire set.  To truly repair your Porsche’s air suspension, you’ll have to replace all four struts and likely the air compressor, too.

There is always the option to go with aftermarket parts. These components might be of inferior quality to the OEM ones, but they are just as complicated. That means any mechanic is going to have to spend a good chunk of time under the hood replacing them. So while you might be saving some in parts, you’ll still end up with a big labor bill.

It’s also that it’s not just one repair. Once the repairs start on an air suspension, they don’t end. That means more trips to the shop, more parts to replace, and more time not driving your Porsche. Continuing to fix that faulty air suspension over and over will cost you time too.

A Better Alternative For Fixing Your Porsche Cayenne Suspension Problems

It might sound like you’ll never see the end of your Porsche Cayenne air suspension problems. At least not unless you’re willing to break the bank. But you do have another option. The engineers at Strutmasters have designed a suspension conversion kit just for your Porsche Cayenne. It allows you to replace the complicated factory suspension entirely and use dependable steel coil springs and passive struts — at a fraction of the cost of an air suspension system.

Imagine never having to worry about the air suspension system ever failing again. Your Cayenne’s factory suspension uses computers, flexible materials, and air to hold your car up. The Strutmasters replacement kit uses American-made steel and mechanical resistance.

These kits do away with the complexity of an air suspension system and replace it with something simple. Just struts, springs, and all the mounting hardware you need to install them. They’re so simple, in fact, many of our customers complete the installation at home. But even if you hire a mechanic, the relatively short and easy installation process means you’ll save money on labor too.

 

With Strutmasters, quality is part of our brand. That’s why we offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty on this product — meaning we stand behind our exclusive steel coil springs as long as your own your Cayenne. Switching to our coil over strut suspension system means no more air suspension headaches and expenses ever again!

How To Get Started

Does ending your Porsche Cayenne suspension problems sound like a good idea? If you’re ready, just purchase the kit from our site and ship it to your home or your mechanic. If you still have questions, we’re here to help. Just call our Suspension Experts at 866-317-1579 and we’ll be happy to make sure you get exactly what you need to get back to enjoying your Porsche Cayenne.

 

RAM 1500 Suspension Problems? Here’s How You Can Fix Them

You can fix your Dodge Ram suspension problems for cheaper than you think.

Has your RAM been having some suspension issues recently? Is your ride feeling a little bouncier than it once did? Hearing a noisy air compressor or one that’s running way too long? Your car’s suspension isn’t just about comfort. It’s a safety issue, too. A broken air suspension puts you and every other driver on the road at risk. You should fix your RAM suspension problems rather than ignore them.  Oh, and if you are like most and still searching for “Dodge RAM” it will interest you to know that Dodge RAM hasn’t been used since 2010!  Now the vehicle is simply referred to as a RAM.  Anyway, back to the article.

Before running off to the dealership, let’s take a look at how you can check your truck for a bad suspension. Then, we’ll take a look at what options you have for fixing it.

 

How To Check Your Truck For Suspension Problems

 

There are a few telltale signs of a bad air suspension. If your RAM is leaning to one side or sagging in the rear, you can skip this step. You are having Dodge RAM 1500 factory air suspension problems that you should fix. The same goes if you’ve noticed your truck doing the dreaded “nosedive.” That’s when you come to a stop and the rear of your RAM lifts up while the front end goes down. This is a surefire sign of suspension damage.

However, sometimes it’s not as obvious. You might just notice that something feels off. Maybe you’re feeling potholes and divots in the road more than you used to. Or you know your brakes are fine but your car’s taking longer to stop than before. That’s when you should perform the “bounce test” to check your suspension.

Walk to each corner of your vehicle and push down as hard as you can. Watch as it comes back up. If it springs back up into place quickly, that corner is fine. On the other hand, if it bounces up and down or takes a long time to come up, you’ve got a bad suspension. If that’s the case, it’s time to start thinking about repairs.

 

Why You’re Having Suspension Issues With Your RAM

 

Fix your Dodge Ram suspension problems forever by ditching your air suspension.
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There are two likely reasons why your RAM 1500 might be having suspension problems. Neither of them has anything to do with how you drive.

The first reason why is probably also probably one of the reasons why you bought the truck in the first place. The RAM is an absolute beast. Weighing in at well over 4500 pounds, your RAM puts a lot of stress on its suspension. As you put more miles on the car, many parts–including your suspension–will simply start to degrade.

The second reason, however, is where your RAM air suspension problems really get serious. Your truck came equipped with an air suspension. In its early days, this suspension did a wonderful job of holding up all that weight. You probably enjoyed the smooth ride that air suspension provided.

But here’s the problem with air suspensions: they just break down eventually. That smooth ride is made possible by a huge network of interconnected moving parts and electronics. Each individual component is a chance for something to go wrong. And because these parts all work together, one part going bad can have a chain reaction across the entire system.

What all this means is that when it comes to air suspensions, a breakdown is inevitable.

 

Your Choices To Fix Your Dodge RAM Suspension Problems

 

That’s the bad news. The good news is that you have a number of ways to fix your Dodge RAM suspension problems. If you take your car to the dealership, they will likely quote you a repair based on replacing worn-out components with new ones from the manufacturer. This is your most expensive option. These components are very expensive when they come from the manufacturer.

Another option is to replace your worn-out air suspension parts with third-party manufacturer parts. This will certainly save you some money over the dealership. However, it’s still pretty expensive. Something like the air compressor can set you back hundreds of dollars alone.

Plus, the biggest problem still remains: air suspension parts are going to wear out. Whether it’s flexible rubber airbags that can crack and rot, or ride height sensors that simply just wear down over time, these parts just don’t last.

If you replace your old air suspension parts with new air suspension parts, you can also bet that your repairs aren’t over. In fact, they’re probably just beginning. Once one part wears out you can be sure that others are on the way. It can be hard to fork out big money at the auto repair shop knowing you’ll probably be back soon.

 

A Better Way To Repair Your Suspension

 

Your air suspension headaches don’t have to go on forever. In fact, you can end your RAM 1500 suspension problems once and for all for much cheaper than you’d think.

Rather than pay big bucks to fight with your air suspension for the rest of your RAM’s life, why not just get rid of the air suspension entirely? You can ditch that troublesome old air suspension in favor of a robust, long-lasting mechanical suspension. Not only that, you can do it for a fraction of what it would cost you to replace your air suspension components. Here’s how.

Strutmasters has designed a suspension replacement kit just for your RAM 1500. Rather than flimsy rubber airbags, this kit sits your car on sturdy cold-wound steel springs. Each spring and strut has been perfectly tuned and rated for your truck, eliminating the need for computers and sensors. This kit also features a module that can turn off your suspension warning light.

You’ll still get a smooth, enjoyable ride that’s comparable to your old air suspension, but for a fraction of the cost. You can replace all four wheels of your RAM’s suspension for just $1,199. That’s cheaper than it would cost you to replace just one of the air springs at the dealer.

 

Even better? These kits are designed to be a breeze to install. You can do it at home with just a few simple tools and one hour per wheel. Not that handy? You’ll still save big on labor costs at the repair shop.

 

Ready To End Your RAM 1500 Suspension Issues Forever?

 

How does the idea of never having to worry about your suspension ever again sound? When you’re ready to say goodbye to that broken air suspension, we’ll be here. You can purchase your kit online if you know the make and model of your vehicle. Want to make extra sure you’re getting what you need? Just use our online chat feature or call to speak to one of our Suspension Experts. They’ll make sure you’re getting the right kit for you and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

How To (Safely) Drive In The Snow: A Guide

Learn how to drive in the snow so you can get home safe.

Without a doubt, the best way to avoid ending up in a ditch after it snows is to avoid driving at all. But sometimes, that’s just not possible. If you have to drive in the snow, make sure you do it safely.

We’ve compiled this list of tips to help you get home safely this winter.

1. Check Your Tires.

Learning to check your tires is one important part of how to drive safely in snow.
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Before you jump in the driver’s seat, do a quick inspection of your car’s tires. Do they have ample tread? Because you’re going to need it. A quick way to gauge whether your tires are fit for the road is to use the “penny test.” Find a penny and stick it head-side down into the tread. If you can see the top of Honest Abe’s head, your tires will not be safe to drive on in the snow.

2. Easy Does It.

When you drive in the snow, it’s important to turn, brake, and accelerate gently. Since you don’t have the usual traction you’re used to, aggressive moves can easily lead to a slide. Give yourself extra time and extra space to make turns, stop, and speed up.

3. Check Your Brake Technique.

Even if you learn how to drive in the snow, you can still run into trouble on the road.
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Unfortunately, there are still a few myths about how you should brake when you drive in ice and snow. You may have heard that you should tap the brakes repeatedly to keep the brakes from “locking up.” This may have been true 30 years ago. However, modern anti-lock brakes do this for you–and much better than you can do it on your own.

Rather than tapping your brakes, apply consistent heavy pressure as you approach a stop. You may feel a grinding or vibrating sensation as your car tries to stop. That’s a sign your ABS system is working. Make sure you don’t stop steering while braking, either.

4. Constantly Check Road Conditions.

Road hazards are much easier to deal with when you can see them coming. In wintry weather, make sure to look further down the road than you would on a clear day. Check the road surface for patches of ice. This will allow you to give yourself time to avoid hazards or slow down before going through them.

5. Don’t Panic When You Skid.

If you drive in the snow often, a skid is almost inevitable. When that skid eventually does come, it can be a terrifying moment. You’ll lose control of your car temporarily. However, you must do your best not to panic. Most skids are over very quickly. You can manage them–even the longer ones.

Do your best to recognize where the skid is coming from. If it’s a front-wheel skid, you don’t need to do much. Just maintain control of the steering wheel and take your foot off of the gas. The car should regain traction momentarily. If it’s the rear wheels that are skidding, you need to do a little more.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but you want to turn the wheel in the direction that the rear of the car is skidding. So, if the rear wheels of your car are skidding out to the right, firmly turn the steering wheel to the right while you step off of the gas. Do not touch the brakes. Once the rear wheels regain traction, steer as normal.

6. Give Extra Following Distance.

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It takes much longer for your car to stop when you drive on snow and ice. Sometimes, you might not even stop at all. Be prepared for a long, slow stop by giving an extra few car lengths between you and the driver in front of you. You might need them. In addition, it’s more likely there will be road hazards such as fallen branches or patches of ice during wintry weather. This can mean that other drivers need to stop suddenly. Be prepared.

7. Don’t Get Too Confident In Your AWD Vehicle

The difference between all-wheel drive vehicles and front or rear-wheel drive vehicles in the snow is night and day. However, even AWD can’t save you from every snow and ice situation. Don’t let a competent vehicle turn you into an overconfident driver. Even with AWD, you should still drive carefully and gently in the snow.

The Takeaway

Driving in wintry weather can be dangerous. But when you use caution and make sure your car is in good shape for the weather, you can drive safely in the snow. Be careful, use common sense, and don’t panic.

Stay tuned to the Strutmasters Blog for more helpful tips and advice.