Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Symptoms of Bad or Failing Air Shocks

Air Shocks

Bad or Failing Air Shocks Inspection

by a top-rated mechanic at your home or office

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.

HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CAR TROUBLE?
Get an $80 diagnostic
by a top-rated mechanic at your home or office.

Get a quote · Book an Appointment · Our expert mechanics come to you.

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.

HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CAR TROUBLE?
Get your car fixed at your home or office.

Get a quote · Book an Appointment · Our expert mechanics come to you.

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.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Still not sure about your car's issue?
Diagnose your car
What kind of issue are you experiencing?
Brakes are squeaking
Car is not starting
Car is overheating
Car is shaking (vibrating)
Fluids are leaking
Heating and A/C
Smoke or steam is coming out of the car
Warning light is on
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...


Related questions

Q: Random intense shaking of the car for 10 seconds.

Claimed by Blake Griffin

Q: I notice my car has a place for air shocks but has coil springs. Do I need both or does one replace the other?

Hello. Your vehicle was equipped with OEM air springs. If you see coil springs now in place of the air springs, that means someone has converted the suspension to an aftermarket coil spring system which is not an unusual conversion....

Q: Clunking noise front left tire on my way home tonight from work. Pulled over couldn't see anything hanging off.

Check the shock absorbers on the front and see if they are leaking. If they are leaking, then I recommend replacing the shock absorbers. When a shock absorber fails, the wheel will not stay in contact with the road as...