The air springs attached to the air bag type suspension system does an awesome job. When the car has need of being raised and leveled, the air bags that are built within the air springs inflate and start to stretch out the springs. Once the needed height is reached, the springs stay in that position until the air bags are deflated again. The springs are often made of metal and wrapped in a thick rubber coating. However because of the constant stretching and retracting that the air springs perform, they often start to show signs of wear.
Most jeeps and SUVs come with this type of air bag suspension system. These systems are built with the aim of ensuring a very smooth and more level ride than normal shocks and struts can give. Without all of the components of an airbag suspension system in proper repairs, there will not be a smooth ride.
SAGGING APPEARANCE TO THE CAR
When the air springs begins to fails, they will not be able to provide the support needed to level the car level. This will usually leads to the car looking lower to the ground. A car that is lower to the ground will more likely to bottom out when going over some bumps or spots on the road. This sagging can result to damage to the lower part of the car and can only be handled by replacing the air springs.
CONSTANT RUNNING OF THE AIR COMPRESSOR
The air compressor on an air bag suspension system helps inflate the air bags that raises the springs. If the springs are damaged, the compressor continue running constantly in an attempt to level the car and stretch the spring. This may lead to it breaking down as well and further increase in the cost of repairs.
Inability to level the car
Often times, the springs will not completely shut down when in need of repair. If you are not able to get to the height required to avoid scrubbing when passing lower lying areas, then the springs will need replacement. Taking note of the warning signs that the air springs have failed can help save a lot of repair cost and frustration.
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