So you’ve got some suspension issues with your Lexus GX 470. Maybe you are experiencing the dreaded “nose dive.” Perhaps your Lexus leans to one side or sags in the rear. Maybe your suspension warning light has even come on.
Whatever the case, a broken suspension in your Lexus GX 470 isn’t something to ignore. It can be a real risk to you and your passengers’ safety and can cause undue wear and tear on your vehicle.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Lexus GX 470 suspension issues with answers from our Suspension Experts:
Q: How Can I Tell If My GX 470 Suspension is Busted?
A: There are several ways to identify a problem with your Lexus GX 470 suspension.
The on-board diagnostics are pretty advanced in that vehicle so you will likely see a suspension warning light if there is an issue. However, there are still some ways to detect an issue early on even before the Lexus computer catches it.
Take a walk around your vehicle. Does it look like all four corners are sitting more or less even? Does it lean to one side or sag in the rear? If so, it’s likely you have a problem with your Lexus GX 470 air suspension.
Another way to tell is by how long it takes the car to stop. If your Lexus is taking longer than it used to to stop and you’ve ruled out the brakes, you likely have a soft or broken suspension.
You can also perform the bounce test. Push down on the corners of your GX 470 and see how the car responds. If it bounces back up and the settles quickly, that particular corner is fine. If it bounces up and down a few times, it probably needs replacement.
Q: How much will it cost to repair my air suspension?
A: There is no real good answer to this other than “it depends.”
Your Lexus GX 470’s air suspension is made up of many components. These components are computer monitored and controlled and are interdependent. Even getting to the root of the problem might be difficult.
Diagnosing the problem with an air suspension in and of itself can be costly. You will need to take your car to the dealer or mechanic to have it checked.
Once you identify the problem, be prepared to see your bill climb into the thousands of dollars quickly. Air suspension components are very expensive and can be complicated to install.
Q: Are there any alternatives to repairing or replacing the air suspension at the dealer?
A: Yes there are.
One method is to replace your busted components with aftermarket air suspension components. Many companies make third party replacement air suspension parts which are often high quality.
The problem is that they, too, are expensive and often difficult to install.
The most cost-efficient option, by far, is to get rid of the troublesome GX 470 air suspension completely. You can replace it with a robust coilover suspension kit that will ensure your air suspension troubles are over forever.
This kit from Strutmasters will replace your entire rear air suspension for under $400! Compare that to $2,500 for a comparable air suspension replacement. Just imagine what you can do with that extra $2,100!
Need help with your order or just want to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need? Give our Suspension Experts a call at (866) 985-0387