Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. -Wikipedia

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Why is my car tramlining(pulling/veering when I hit road imperfections)?

So twice this has happened, and the first time it was much more violent. So far I have replace the upper control arm "inner" bushings on the right side but today it happened again, but not as bad, and ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

I just had my car serviced and they discovered that the front, near side coil spring is "incomplete" and needs replacing. I'm getting conflicting advice about whether I need to replace both front ...
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How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)

I have a stock 2010 Acura TSX. I don't know what the official term is (maybe body sway) but I would like to reduce the amount of swaying it does as I'm going through turns, especially at higher ...
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How to diagnose “Creaking” / “Scraping” sound when entering parking lots?

My drive to work involved entering a lot that has a fairly steep grade compared to the pavement. As such, in low riding vehicles, you need to enter it fairly slowly. The thing is, recently, I can ...
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Why does my 2005 Volvo S60 make a clicking sound when accelerating from a stop?

To start off, I had my oil changed at the dealship last month. The dealer told me that the car needs new joints and control arm bushings. Recently, I've noticed that sometimes there is a click that ...
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Do springs wear out?

I will be replacing the struts and shocks on my car soon. I did them last about 80000 km ago, but at that time I did not replace the springs. Do springs wear out over time? Should I replace them ...
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Motorcycle Front Forks: Fork tube stuck in bottom pipe - clunking sound when trying to remove

I'm rebuilding the forks on my CB400 project bike [ turning into a street tracker ;) ] The process from the manual is pretty straight forward: 1) Remove the front fork bolts and drain oil 2) With ...
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2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and since I bought the thing, the front suspension makes this horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump. I don't know how to describe the noise other than it only ...
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How to remove front forks on motorcycle

I've got my motorcycle up in the air about to pull the frame up off the engine but I need to remove one last thing. I got everything taken apart except this center bolt holding the front forks on. ...
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Ford Taurus 01 shock holder problem

My car was making scratchy metal noise when turning left coming from the back. I checked the bottom of the car and found the issue. I don't fully know how to address it what the part's name is and if ...
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Rear LCA bushings worn out - better to just replace the whole LCA?

The rear lower control arm bushings on my 92 Civic are badly worn and need to be replaced. I've looked into what's involved in replacing them and it looks like a lot more work than I'd like to do, and ...
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Rattle in my left tire area everytime I brake slowly from more then 80kmh (50mph)?

I have a Chevy Cobalt 2007, and it has been doing this for a while. If I press the brake a little harder, the rattling stops. It doesnt rattle until I press the brake. Leading me to believe there is a ...
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Questions About the “Death Wobble”

I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler (4 cyl) that has been infected by the infamous "Death Wobble". If this term is too slang then here is an article that can explain it better than I could hope to. I would ...
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What could cause crackling sounds from a suspension on vehicle start moving?

After a long trip (~500 miles) car started making weird crackling sounds, when it starts moving from full stop. Here's a video, and sounds could be observed from time 00:01, but there are multiple of ...
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Level control on 2008 Chevy uplander stuck on

Our 2008 Chevy Uplander has an auto levelling system, where if a certain amount of weight is placed in the rear, it will pump air in, or take it out of the rear suspension to keep the vehicle level. ...
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I get a vibration in steering wheel at highway speed and a knock or clanking noise at slow speeds

I have just had new tires put on and have checked the balance twice and also replaced the lower ball joint and had the new tires aligned. Vibration has become very noticeable. There's no play in the ...
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Would changing to an air suspension give a smoother ride?

The road here can be a little bit rough sometimes, so I was wondering how I could improve the ride. How about upgrading to an air suspension system? Would that improve the ride? How much would such a ...
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Repeated rear bearing hub assembly failure

('04 Cavalier; 120K miles) I'd been having a whining noise on (highway) left turns. I found significant play in the right rear hub assembly, which I replaced. In less than 200 miles, the same ...
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Why would I feel disbalanced or thrown around when riding a motorcycle

I have a Yamaha XJ600N, and at various points of time when riding around in the city at 50 to 60 kph I have had this strange feedback from the wheels or suspension that makes me feel either slightly ...
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Clunking Noise from Rear, Right Tire when hitting bumps

I have a 2003 Ford Taurus SE with ~95000 miles. It has been a very cold and harsh winter in New England. Recently, I have been hearing a clunking noise in the rear, right tire region when hitting ...
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Nissan Hardbody Heavy Duty Rear Leaf Springs

My Heavy Duty truck currently has Regular Duty rear leaf springs. The original springs broke when my dad owned the truck and had it a little over loaded. New Heavy Duty springs were too expensive, and ...
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What Damage may Accompany a Broken Axle

I was looking at buying a 98 Honda Shuttle with a broken right side axle, and was wondering what other damage I should keep my eyes open for which might normally be seen together with a broken axle.
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Fixing vibrations caused by replacing springs?

I am slowly restoring a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 97K miles to use as a winter/light towing vehicle. I had some sag in my coil springs and leaf springs and the shocks were shot. So I had my ...
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Does briefly flying in air hurt my car?

I drive a big SUV (infiniti qx80). I was going down a steep hill at slightly above the speed limit (around 45mph), and the road had a bump like this: My car flew briefly in air and then landed. I ...
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How do I silence squeaky springs on a 2006 VW Golf?

I have a 2006 VW Golf and my front two springs are squeaky like bedsprings. I have tried spraying them down with WD40 but it doesn't help. Some seasons they are quiet other times (I believe more in ...
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Does hitting the exhaust on bumps (Bottoming Out) damage my car?

I see hundreds of exhaust scrapes on speed humps and things, or general gashes in the direction in which cars travel over them. Does hitting the exhaust on bumps damage the car? It's probably ...
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Rear suspension much more sensitive to bumps than front

Whenever I drive over speed bumps (or pot holes or whathaveyou) I notice that when the rear wheels go over, the whole car jumps up and down and clatters, a lot more so than the front wheels. I am ...
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Front End Alignments

I recently had my vehicle in for a front end alignment. They told me all of my shocks were bad, causing all of the problems, and that they would not be able to align the front end with those bad ...
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Which will have longer lifespan: stock or urethane bushings?

Background: this is in reference to the previously mentioned 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon. This isn't a track car: it's only for fun street commutes and general Daddy duty. The car has upwards of ...
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How can I increase the ride height of my vehicle?

2001 Buick Regal It already has a naturally low ride height, And I feel like I've lost some over the years. The suspension is stock with the exception of new shocks I installed about 6 months ...
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My motorbike handle gets a hit when I hit a bump or pothole

My 2 month old bike is a 200CC Bajaj Pulsar (made in india) with only 2000kms on the odometer. I have ridden it carefully. I touched 100km/h accidentally on a drag race with my friend, just one time, ...
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Consequences of failing to replace bad struts and sway bar bushings

My car is kind of a beater and I don't want to pour money into it. Apart from a bumpy ride, is anything really bad going to happen if I don't replace these parts? For example, will this put a ...
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My ER6 was lowered to accomodate a shorter driver than me. How can I adjust the height?

I want to adjust the height of my Kawazaki ER6n from 2006. Specifically, I want to reset the height to factory settings. Is this something that's possible to do without hiring a certified mechanic or ...
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In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?

I have recently started competing in autocross. Because of some after-market wheels/tires, which I bought before I started autocross, I can't compete in the Stock class. The class I'm in, Street ...
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Leaving heavy load on the back of a pickup truck

I was wondering if it is bad for a pickup truck to keep a heavy load in the back (e.g. 1800 lbs) for prolonged periods of time (e.g. 2-3 days), assuming the truck is not in motion. The disadvantage ...
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Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?

Last year my old tires became ruined (cupped and feathered) because of ancient, horrible shocks and struts. Since then, I've had all new shocks put in, my rear axle was replaced (because toe couldn't ...
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Which of these two front struts is the correct one for a 2002 Subaru Outback?

The wife's car (2002 Subaru Outback) is ready for new struts and I'm trying to determine the correct part set. TireRack, surprisingly, lists two different sets of front struts. One set is for ...
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How to make ride less bouncy?

In my 2003 Opel Agila, the ride is really bouncy. Whenever I go over bumps in the road, it feels like I am almost out of control. It is generally a bouncy car, but it this one seems to be worse than ...
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What can cause the squeak sound in the front right when driving faster then 70 km/h

I just have bought a Toyota Yaris of 2007 and observe two things. There is a squeaking sound from right front when driving over 60-70 km/h. Another is when turning wheels right or left completely I ...
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Lower suspension self locking nut stuck

I'm trying to change the shocks on my 1993 Acura Integra, but I just can't seem to loosen the self-locking nut from the bolt that connects the lower part of the shock to the knuckle. I tried Liquid ...
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Is it safe to lower the S550 (2015+) Mustang by 1" in the northeast US?

I have seen 5.1" and 5.9" listed as the ground clearance on the S550 (2015+). I don't know which is true, but I would like to lower the one I have ordered by 1" to improve handing. Is this safe to do ...
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Suspension broken - attempting triage

My wife's Honda Jazz hadn't been driven for a few days, and on driving out of our street yesterday there was a large clang and the front right corner dropped an inch. Turning the wheel lock to lock I ...
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How to change Ball-Joint with No Motor

I have a 1970 Camaro and put the wrong Ball-Joint in the upper control arm. Does anyone have an idea on how to change it without a motor? I can't drill a hole in the garage floor to anchor the frame. ...
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what is the difference between a 40mm and 60 mm springs

I have a '97 civic sedan. I want to lower the front of my car and lift the rear, or keep it standard. now the body of the car is suspended a little higher than 100mm over the tyre of the car, but it ...
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What do I need to put rear shocks on my 1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ 750?

I bought the bike and didn't notice the previous owner had taken the rear shocks off (worst oversight I ever made, kicking myself now). I want to put some shocks on it, but I'm not really sure what I ...
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08 f150 with vibration in the front driver side tire when turning left only.

2 months ago I installed a 2 inch suspension lift and replaced upper control arms, tie rods and shocks. The tires were pretty bad and got worse quickly. Vibration and noise started shortly ...
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2005 chrysler neon clunking noise from front end

My neon has 125000km. Recently started clunking especially over speed bumps - replaced the the lower bushes and shock absorbers but still continues. Related is a Brrrrrr sound on hard acceleration ...
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What factors should I consider when selecting a suspension kit?

I'm in need of new struts, and see that there are many suspension kits available, ranging from around US$100-$200 to close to $2000 for performance/sport suspension packages. What are the advantages ...
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Terminator 2 1990 Harley Davidson Fatboy FLSTF technical information

I am doing a project for class about the Harley Davidson Fatboy, and I need to find the values for the spring constant of the bike used in Terminator 2, and whether or not it used a custom suspension. ...
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How involved (crazy) is it to lift my Pontiac a couple of inches?

I'm a pretty experienced DIY-er, but I'm not familiar with the process for lifting a car. How involved is the process for just 2-3 inches, and can it be done for a vehicle that doesn't necessarily ...