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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to determine the compressed height of a spring?

I am looking at replacing the springs on my vehicle and am trying to get stiffer springs while avoiding a major change in ride height. With my vehicle, one of the old common ways to do this was to ...
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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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How to Improve Suspension on my bike Honda Shine

My Bike has rear Suspension 3 Step Spring Loaded Hydraulic Shock Absorber & Bike total Weight (kgs) is 122 and its around 3yrs over 90000km run. i didn't feel comfort with suspension as now a days ...
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identify suspension leak on motorcycle

Especially after a good cleansing when there is no visual signs of a spil, I found it hard to detect problems with oil leaks/levels. Usually I can feel low levels in a rear mono suspension when ...
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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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Installing ubolts - How to push the slip joint forward

I'm in the process of removing the lift blocks from my 2000 silverado z71. Now that I'm ready to install new ubolts I've realized that the driveshaft and axle have slipped backwards away from the ...
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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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What Springs do i need to drop 3"

My current springs have a rate of 360lbf/in and unfitted 420cm in length. Fitted to the car they are 350cm in length. What lbf/in do i need so that the car sits 3" lower ? I'm considering a spring ...
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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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Crackling/popping when wheels move at slow speed (e.g., rolling forward in drive)

My suspicion is that there is something loose (pebble, rock, or some other small, foreign object) behind the hub cap, but I hear a crackling or popping sound (almost like Pop Rocks or Rice Krispies) ...
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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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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 ...
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Front Suspension Rattle (Linked Sound Clip)

I've got a 1994 Nissan pickup. I had new shocks installed about 3 years ago I replaced the ball joints about 2 years ago I replaced the tie rods and front brake calipers about 1 year ago I had the ...
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check vehicular damage on tire bursts

I just experienced having a tire explosion yesterday. I was running at around 60mph and suddenly my rear right tire blew. I was go up a bridge and as it blew, there was brown smoke and I might have ...
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How do I stop my shock spring from rubbing?

I replaced the passenger side front shock on my 2009 Mazda 5 almost a year ago. It has been making noises, and upon inspection I see the coil is rubbing on the nearby metal. I don't know how to ...
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Does “bumping” up and down a kerb damage my car?

My driveway does not have a dropped kerb, so every day I have to bump up and down the kerb. Does this do any damage to my suspension or tyres doing this every day? If I do it quickly (say at 5mph), ...
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When to get an alignment

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when your vehicle needs an alignment other than when there are obvious warning signs. For example, steering wheel off center when driving straight, car veering to one ...
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New struts on a 2000 model year car with 225k miles, replace coils?

Should the suspension coil springs be replaced on a Toyota Celica that is 15 years old and has 225k along with the struts or do the coils never really go bad? How about the top bearing plate?
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Car shudders above 45 mph after a spin out into a ditch

I spun out in freezing rain and ended up in a ditch. I was doing 60 down to 45 when it went all the way around and on to the shoulder, which was soft dirt and buried the front tires. My vehicle is a ...
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2011 Ford Fusion bounces on bumps..no leak dealer wont replace struts even though still in warranty

Brought my car 2011 Ford Fusion 4 cyl SEL to the dealer before the 36,000 mile warranty expires because in my opinion the car bounces, it does not absorb the bumps although no problem on the highway. ...
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severe tire shake at highway speeds under acceleration

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 201000 miles. At speeds above 60mph there is a heavy vibration from the front wheels. It is gets worse when accelerating and will smooth out immediately upon lifting ...
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turn-sensitive road noise

'04 Cavalier, 115K. Tires are decent, and don't seem to be wearing unevenly. Low-pitch droning noise at highway speed. Originally, this was only when steering left; but now, also when going ...
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How do I prevent bushing wear and what parts besides the suspension uses bushings?

I just did my upper control arm bushings on my Honda because it's lowered and I have an aftermarket control arm with camber adjustments. The wheel would pinch inward and send me toward the roadside. ...
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Is it safe to drive a Fiat Punto with a failing passenger side wishbone?

I've been told by a garage that I need a NSF wishbone due to a knocking noise. The Punto is 13 years old. is it safe to drive until I can get this done?
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How can I check if my motorcycle's suspension is working correctly?

How can I check if all of my motorcycle's suspension parts are working correctly, and carrying an even load?
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Shake while braking at certain speeds, intensified with steering input

150k miles 2.0l gas mkIV Jetta, 5-speed manual. Braking at speeds of around 40mph down to 20mph there is shake in steering and overall jerky stopping. If slight steering is added(say gentle ...
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92 ford escort - Is there a way to remove a ball joint without a pickle fork AND without removing the brakes?

I'm trying to replace the ball joints on my escort but i don't have a pickle fork. Most of the things i've seen so far without the fork require removing the calipers and rotor. Is there another ...
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2000 Neon Suspension - Monroe Parts Life Expenctancy

I have to replace the suspension in my 2000 Chrysler Neon, and I'm trying to obtain the parts myself to save a few bucks. I was quoted $250 a corner ($1000 parts) for parts only using a combo ...
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Is Honda Shine Rear-Suspension claimable on Warranty\Extended Warranty [closed]

I own a Honda Shine (125cc) bike which started giving a less cushioning problem on its rear suspension since it was near to its second service (1200 km, 5 months from purchase). Though I told the same ...
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Clicking noise when starting from low speed, going over bumps

I have an '04 Echo that had the sway bar link replaced. However, a new annoying sound has developed. It usually happens when I'm starting from a dead stop, or going over bumps at low speeds. The sound ...
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'04 Echo shock mounts, Type A vs Type B

So I'm noticing quite a bit of rust on my strut and near the mounts, and I was thinking about doing this myself. So when I dig into the service manual, and possibly ordering parts, I found a not so ...
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Ran over a curb at speed; wheel is bent and rubs against wheelwell on turns

The other day I was doing 30 mph on a downhill road in my Renault Clio 1.2, and went to turn right, but my brakes did not work, and so I just turned into the corner and went straight into and up a ...
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What are the differences between multi-link suspensions and double-wishbone suspensions?

There are a multiple of different kinds of suspension, multi-link suspensions and double-wishbone are popular in some performance groups. What are the main difference between these two? What ...