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How to Replace a Suspension Air Bag
Air ride suspension systems use air bags to support the weight of trucks, SUVs, and large sedans. Suspension air bags may wear out by 100,000 miles.
How to Troubleshoot a Car Pulling to One Side
If your car pulls to the left or leans to one side, check that your tires are all the same size, suspension parts are even, and if springs are bent.
How to Troubleshoot a Car that Nose Dives When Braking
Cars nose dive when the suspension is faulty. Inspect the car brake system, test the shocks and struts, and do a bounce test to diagnose the cause.
How to Diagnose Problems With Your Suspension System
Many car owners become aware that it is time to investigate their vehicle's suspension components when their car starts to behave abnormally. This can include such times...
The Guide to Legal Car Modifications for All States
Vehicle modifications can take many forms, from simple modifications such as light window tinting to under-vehicle LED lighting to the more complex frame and suspension...
5 Signs Your Car Needs An Alignment
Vehicle pull, loose steering, abnormal tire wear, and an off-center or not returning to center steering wheel are all signs you need an alignment.
How to Check Suspension Ball Joints
Ball joints are a suspension component that is found on virtually all vehicles. Ball joints are flexible joints that allow components of the suspension to move up and down, as...
How to Replace Your Car's Drag Link
Drag links are an important part of your cars steering and suspension systems. Common signs of failure include loose steering and uneven tire wear.
How to Replace Struts
Whether you have an extremely rough ride in your car, or the ride feels like you are floating on a cloud, you may need new struts. The suspension struts...
How to Install Aftermarket Springs
Switching out your stock springs for aftermarket springs can have a huge impact on your car. Whether you’re going for a sporty feeling, or even just a different look by...
How to Check a Front End Assembly
If you have worn out components on your front end assembly, it can cause a number of issues with your car. Depending on the vehicle, your front end...
How to Install Air Ride Suspension
Air ride suspension systems help balance and weight and can give a softer ride. Air systems contain a height sensor, an air bag and air strut.
How to Lower a Vehicle’s Suspension
One of the most popular car modifications done today is lowering a vehicle’s suspension. A vehicle’s suspension is usually lowered to increase the visual appeal of a vehicle...
How to Buy Sport Shocks
Shock absorbers help lessen the bumps you encounter while driving down the road. They do this by absorbing some of the energy created by driving across a rough patch of...
How to Change a Sway Bar Link
Sway bar links connect the sway bar to the suspension and chassis. Though sway bar links vary in design, the steps for replacing them are similar.
How to Replace an Air Suspension Dryer Assembly
The air suspension dryer assembly keeps air in the suspension system dry to prevent rust. Sagging or bounciness while driving are signs of failure.
How to Replace a Ride Height Control Module
A bumpy ride, uneven ride height, or the illumination of the Air Ride Suspension Light may mean that the ride control module is faulty.
How to Replace an Air Spring
Air suspension systems have air springs that fail when the air compressor is always running and there excessive bouncing or even bottoming out.
How to Replace Suspension Springs
Replacing suspension springs can be challenging, as involves making sure all power from the car is disconnected and that the proper tools are used.
How to Lube Your Car's Steering and Suspension Parts
Your steering and suspension components are important for a stable car. By lubricating your tire rod ends and ball joints you will have a smooth ride.

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I hear a squeaking sound when I ride over bumps. Do I need to spray with wd40
Rubber bushings in the vehicle suspension will be damaged, and fail early, if exposed to petroleum solvents such as WD-40, engine oil and grease and so forth. All of these rubber bushings are designed to operate dry. If a bushing...
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i have rear shocks that need replaced, I have the shocks. Do you come to house to replace or do I bring it to a shop?
YourMechanic is 100% mobile. The certified mechanic will come right to your location. You are welcome to buy your own parts and book a certified mechanic from YourMechanic to install those parts or perform associated repairs. When reviewing your quote...
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Why is my passenger tire sunk in alittle? could it be the lower control arm?
Worn or broken control arm bushings, a faulty ball joint, damage to the steering knuckle and strut, misalignment, a weak or broken coil spring, and so forth are all possible causes of what you are seeing. The noise could be...
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How many bushings are required for each control arm?
Hello - control arms usually have 2 bushings, but sometimes only 1 - depends on the suspension design. If you could provide the year, make and model of the vehicle, and whether it is for the front or rear suspension,...
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How do you avoid the upper and lower A arm bushings from melting on a 1970 GS 455?
Hi there - yes, this is a very large engine, in a moderately-sized place, with lots of heat transfer issues! As you suggest, heat shields, or wrapping the exhaust manifold (headers?) with "heat wrap" to keep the heat inside the...
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I've recently had the driver's side spring done along with the pads and discs on the brakes. Since getting my car back it is now making a clicking noise.
Hi there. The noise could could be the suspension being loose or the brakes could be sticking on at first. Check the suspension out and see if there is anything that could be loose. If the suspension is tight, then...
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Noise in front end when turning left
Any movable suspension component could account for the noise including the strut assembly, strut mount including bearing, ball joint(s), tie rod ends, sway bar links and sway bar frame mounts, control arm bushings and possibly loose brake components. If the...
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Front passenger side 1995 Volkswagon Eurovan T4
Hello - your Eurovan utilizes a torsion bar to support the weight of the front end of your vehicle. Torsion bars can weaken with age, use, and driving conditions. This results in "sinking" or lowering of the body. You may...
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I want to change out my air suspension to coil springs.
Hi there. The best thing to do is go with the local parts store for the coil spring set. Any coil spring is a good spring as long as they are designed for the weight of your vehicle. Now since...
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Vehicle shaking
There could be a combination of faults creating the shaking effect you are feeling. Certain tire defects, particularly internal belt damage or separations, as well as irregular tire wear will cause vehicle shaking, or shimmy, and such could be "set...
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Which caliper do I replace when my car pulls to the left? 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
Hello - if your vehicle pulls to the either side while driving, it is not likely a brake problem (although possibly a dragging left side caliper in your case). More than likely, low tire pressure of the left, front tire,...
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How do I know if I need upper or lower control arm bushings for the front? 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis
Hi - worn, damaged or "soft" control arm bushings will usually make themselves known as "loose" steering, requires more frequent or constant "corrections" from the steering wheel, abnormal tire wear, or the inability to get the front suspension aligned properly....
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One of my front tires is angled different now that I hit a rock. Could an alignment fix it? 2007 Mercedes C230
Hello - you are correct, an alignment is not going to properly repair this damage. There may be a bent or otherwise damaged suspension control arm (lower) or tie rod. I recommend a steering and suspension inspection performed by a...
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I have a 2003 CTS and when I take a turn it's making like a popping noise.
The noise could be coming from the struts or the suspension. Check all of the bushings and bolts to the struts and the suspension and see if anything is loose causing the front wheels to move around when turning. Repair...
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getting a constant knocking noise when the ride is bumpy
If the struts are not securely attached to the strut mount that is bolted to the top of the spring tower, and/or bearing plate is loose, that can cause knocking noises. In addition, loose sway bar linkages, ball joints, tie...
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Makes a noise when I turn and hit bumps.
You should have the complete front suspension checked however the sway bar links and bushings are the most common cause of the noise when turning.
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Was doing some power slides in my fwd Nissan Sentra cuz why not and I think that because of how I lean on one side when I do it, I
Hello, and thank you for writing in. When performing tricks like this, you are putting a lot of extra stress on the brakes, suspension, steering components, and the tires. You are in a position where you need to decide if...
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I have a 1993 Honda Accord that needs brakes and front suspension and drive lines put back on. Car is on jacks.
Hi there. If you are needing to replace parts, then I recommend putting on the OEM specified parts that are required for your vehicle. If you are needing someone to assist you in fixing your car, then seek out a...
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knocking from suspension.. already replaced complete strut units (spring/strut
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Replacing the struts was a good starting point. Now you are going to want to inspect the rest of the steering and suspension components (which are very closely related). Turn the steering wheels...
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My truck is pulling left during hard braking and pulling hard right when accelerating or getting jostled. 2012 GMC Sierra
Hi there - I would get a 2nd opinion on the front suspension. Something, hard to say what without direct inspection, is shifting under load: a control arm bushing, suspension link, or tie rod end. I recommend a steering and...

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