Symptoms of Bad or Failing Air Shocks

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Cost of Replacing Bad or Failing Air Shocks

If your car is riding less comfortably, nose dives when braking, or leans when turning, you may need to replace your air shocks. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Air Shock Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Chevrolet Uplander $475 $404.60 $70.00 7% $512.10
2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 $400 $232.46 $168.00 18% $490.46
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit $326 $185.60 $140.00 18% $400.60
2004 Cadillac SRX $1044 $945.56 $98.00 4% $1096.06
2006 Cadillac CTS $506 $407.96 $98.00 9% $558.46
2013 Audi S7 $458 $262.02 $196.00 18% $563.02
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How to Diagnose Bad or Failing Air Shocks?

Air Shocks

Air shocks are a type of suspension component and system that is found on many newer vehicles. They are similar in function to conventional oil-filled suspension shocks, however, instead of using hydraulic fluid and pressure to absorb the road shocks, they use air and air pressure to suspend the vehicle and absorb road impacts. Because they are subject to the harsh impacts of the road and weight of the vehicle, the seals in air shocks can eventually go bad and begin to leak, reducing their performance.

Bad air shocks can not only reduce performance and handling, they can also compromise the safety of a vehicle. Usually, defective air shocks will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that there is a problem that should be serviced.

1. Noticeable change in the ride quality

One of the first signs that your air shocks may need attention is a noticeable change in the vehicle’s ride quality. When the shocks fail, the weight of the vehicle is no longer being supported as firmly. As a result, the vehicle may experience a decrease in ride comfort and an increase in harshness. Without the cushion provided by the air shocks, the impacts from road imperfections like bumps and potholes will be directly transferred to the frame of the vehicle where they can be felt by the driver.

2. The nose dive effect

Another symptom of bad or failing air shocks is what is referred to as, “the nose dive effect.” The nose dive effect occurs when the shocks have failed and can no longer support the weight of the vehicle during sudden takeoff or braking. Sudden takeoff or braking causes the weight of the vehicle to transfer completely to one end, which will cause that end of the vehicle to lean and nose dive. In more severe cases, the nose or rear bumper of the vehicle may even come in contact with the ground from the amount of lean from bad air shocks.

3. Leaning when turning

Leaning during turns is another symptom that indicates the air shocks may need replacing. If you notice that your vehicle is leaning excessively, or is significantly less stable when going around corners, then that may be a sign that the air shocks need attention. A vehicle that leans due to bad air shocks will be significantly more difficult to steer than one with a firm suspension. As a result, the car will be less safe to operate.

As air shocks are what support the weight of the vehicle, they are very important to the overall handling and safety characteristics of the vehicle. If you suspect that your air shocks may need replacing, or your air shock system may require attention, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to replace the air shocks, or make any other repairs that are needed to return proper handling, performance, and comfort to the vehicle.

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Tyrone

8 years of experience
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Tyrone
8 years of experience
He showed up on time, completed all the work under two hours and you couldn't even tell I had a repair in my driveway. Would definitely use again.
2012 CADILLAC SRX - AIR SHOCKS REPLACEMENT (REAR) - CLINTON, MARYLAND

Henry

31 years of experience
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Henry
31 years of experience
Henry always gets right to work. he does a great job!
1977 FORD E-250 ECONOLINE CLUB WAGON - AIR SHOCKS REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - CLAYTON, NEW JERSEY

Rodney

33 years of experience
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Rodney
33 years of experience
Rodney was great--definitely knows what he is doing. Highly recommended.
2003 CADILLAC ESCALADE - AIR SHOCKS REPLACEMENT (FRONT, REAR) - CARMICHAEL, CALIFORNIA

Duane

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Duane
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Duane is a fantastic mechanic. He does a through job making sure everything is right the first time. This is the second time He comes to fix my Escalade. He performed the job very quickly, and explained to me what he did and the results are fantastic. The care drives like when I originally bought it. I definitely recommend him. You will not be disappointed!
2013 CADILLAC ESCALADE - AIR SHOCKS REPLACEMENT (REAR) - CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA

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