Questions tagged [suspension]

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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Front coil spring broken and the part has been discontinued

My son has a 1999 Infiniti Q45 that broke one of it's front coil springs. It's near the bottom, so it still mostly works, but we want to fix it right. However, we have looked at multiple online ...
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Ford Fiesta zetec 2014

When I'm on a step hill pointing up. I pull the handbrake up. Take my foot of the brake pedal. The front of the car drops about an inch. Is this normal??
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MacPherson strut not alligned to spring

After new spring installation, I noticed the spring is not parallel to strut. Instead it is in an angle. What's wrong?
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Unexpected suspension noises during articulation

Why Is My 2013 Tucson Making A Creaking Noise From The Left Rear Wheel Especially When The Car Goes Into Deep Gutters, On Even Surfaces And Bumps? My car makes a creaking sound whenever I go over ...
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Clicking sound when I apply pressure on brake

When I am applying pressure to my brakes I hear a sound that can be described as a clicking one. It is very faint, have to listen keenly. There is no squeaking, grinding or any high pitched noises ...
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Audi Q5 2012 2.0l shaking and noise

I have a 2012 Audi Q5. Recently soon as I reach 120kmh the car starts shaking like you can feel the steering wheel and the whole car shaking like its about to fall apart. I took it to a mechanic he ...
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Do hard tires reduce life of suspension in the long run?

I recently bought a new family sedan which comes with the hard stock tires. Now I am worried whether they could reduce the life of suspension parts in near future. Should I change the stock tires to ...
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Using nylon lock-nuts in place of traditional slotted nuts & a cotter pin

I am replacing the front control arms on my vehicle (ball joints and the bushings are more than well-worn after 20+ years of service). But I am finding myself in somewhat of a predicament: all of the ...
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car vibrating only at 80-90 mph

I have a Dodge Charger 5.7 2016 (automatic transmission) It shakes (the car) at 80-90 mph its not like body problem no the car actually shakes a little if i remember correctly the steering wheel does ...
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What does "unladen" mean, specifically

The service manual says: "Perform the final tightening of the rear suspension member and axle installation position (rubber bushing) under unladen condition with tires on level ground". ...
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Protecting suspension bushings from oil-related damage

Bit of an oddball question. My car refuses to track straight on any road that isn't perfectly flat & level, among other problems; I've narrowed the problem down to the existing control arm ...
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clunking/popping/crackling noise at low speed

Does anybody know what could cause this clunking/popping/crackling noise only at low speeds when hitting a rougher surface- bumps, dips, stone roads (under 10-15 MPH) ? The position of the steering ...
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Metallic bang sound when moving off

Honda Civic coupe vti 1999. When moving off today just as I was manoeuvring out I heard a metallic bang sound which sounds like ‘dang’ noise if that makes any sense. I made nothing off it drove out ...
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How to make 2020 Honda Accord ride more supple

There is a fine line between sporty and harsh. I would like to make 2020 base Honda Accord sedan more supple, less harsh. From investigating online, it appears the reason may be the tires. The stock ...
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New car - Front Left suspension "clicking"

I recently bought a new car and noticed when I go over speed bumps (either directly or at an angle), the front left suspension "clicks", and I feel that click through my steering wheel. Im ...
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Intermittent vibration at various speeds

As the title suggests, my new-to-me 2018 Audi A4 vibrates/shudders at speeds ranging from 30-80 MPH. When test driving the vehicle off the lot, I suspected imbalanced tires however, the shop owner ...
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Is gravel under lower control arm joint a problem?

2002 Odyssey, two images here of lower control arm joints where it meets the body. One of the driver side which is cleaned out, and one of the passenger side showing a pebble in the same area. The ...
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Should I be concerned about van with rear coil spring replacement after 85k miles?

I am looking at a second hand Vito van, and note that it previously failed its MOT for: Nearside Rear Coil spring fractured or broken (5.3.1 (b) (i)) There was also a warning for: Nearside Front Tyre ...
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Nissan Juke 2011

My daughter hit the curb when she tried to go forward not realizing it was too close to the curb now the car wobbles/vibrates at 20 to 30 mph (kmh?), I changed the tires and did the alignment, but it ...
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Does changing suspension bushing require camber adjustment?

I have Mitsubishi Mirage 1999 or sometimes called Lancer in some countries. I have recently changed the the rear and front suspension and took the car for camber adjustment and alignment. I noticed ...
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Will lighter wheels soften the ride of an Acura RDX?

I've spent some time in a 2016 Acura RDX and I find its ride to be very harsh – every little imperfection in the road is transmitted and felt by the occupants. The RDX is marketed as a "sporty&...
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Will more expensive dampers improve the ride of a family sedan (over OEM)?

If I'm to the point of needing to replace worn shocks/struts, is there any benefit to shopping around for dampers that will improve the ride, or will they all feel about the same? (For the sake of ...
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Shock absorber has dropped down

I'm not sure about the proper nomenclature but it looks like my rear shock absorber (or a part of it?) has dropped and is stuck at that down position. Car details: 2000 BMW 320d (first version of the ...
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Clicking sound after changing struts. 2008 Ford Escape hybrid

I have a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. I recently changed out my old struts for brand new ones. After the new ones were installed, I hear a clicking sound when I accelerate and when I brake. There will be ...
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How to make a car less bouncy?

My 2016 Camry feels very "bouncy" even on seemingly smooth roads. It is bouncy at every speed, from 30km/h to 110km/h. I can feel every groove on the road. Which components should I modify/...
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Can rear shocks affect comfort at the front?

Can bad rear shocks affect the ride quality at the front of the car? Or are they only noticeable for back passengers? My car was really "bouncy", so I replaced the front shocks. Even though ...
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Why does my van shudder vibrate only after 20mph and only in gear?

1979 austin/leyland sherpa petrol o series engine. At about 20mph my van starts to shudder vibrate quite badly and gets progressively worse if I dare go at a higher speed. The thing is it only ...
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1960s Race Car Rear Suspension Question [closed]

As you can see in the pictures below they dont have a double wishbone setup but instead they have this weird setup. Why did they use something like this instead of double wishbones back then and why ...
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Wheel bearings failure at low miles

I was recently unlucky enough to be in a crash. My car is modern (2016 registered). Driving on a highway at highway speeds, I heard a rumble noise. I knew the road I was on but thought i was going ...
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Symptoms of bad camber?

My car's steering is unpredictable at times. It often happens when going over a bump or turning or on a road with a lot of droops in it. For just a split second the steering will go in a direction I ...
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Creaking Noise When Going Over Bumps

I have a Honda Civic 2010 LX that only has 68K miles. When I go over speed bumps slowly or let the car down from the jack, it makes this creaking noise that seems to come from the front end. Any ideas ...
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Can I use a nut with slightly different dimensions?

It's a locking nut I need for the outermost wishbone suspension joint. The nut I need is M12, pitch 1.5mm, thickness 16mm, spanner 18mm, quality/grade 10. I have one ordered but it may take some time ...
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Can I replace a lost wishbone nut with any similar sized nut?

On my car the rear wishbone(holds the coil spring) attaches to the axel bushes via a long bolt and on the other side an 18mm nut. I've lost the nut can I replace it with any 18mm nut or does it have ...
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Lower ball joint seems stuck on 2003 Town Car

I'm having a go at my car's ball joints. I got the knuckle off without too much trouble, but now that I am trying to press out the lower ball joint, I seem to be getting nowhere. I have a press, with ...
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Why do the brakes "freeze" the suspension?

Last week I was driving a motorcycle. When I stopped at a traffic light I noticed the rear suspension dropped a little when I released the rear brake. Later I noticed my car did the same thing. When ...
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Which one is: "REAR LATERAL ROD BUSHING - FRONT (INNER)"

I think it's the top one of the 48730A arm, but not sure.
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Damage to front end suspension [duplicate]

This is a duplicate of a question I posted a month ago. The answer I got stated that I could get a better answer if I provided pictures of the incident. I have attached a picture in hopes of getting ...
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Why does the rear suspension compress when the e brake is applied, but not when the foot brakes are replied?

The title explains the question fairly well. The rear suspension also dips when power is applied (in the case of launch control). Does this phenomenon occur on independent suspensions, and why exactly ...
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Intermittent Ticking Sound Coming From Wheel [2010 Subaru Outback]

I have a 2010 Subaru Legacy Outback that I recently bought. I recently realized that there is sometimes a ticking sound coming from the front left wheel area when driving. The sound is pretty quiet ...
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Squeaking/ringing noise on Ford Mustang

I have a Squeaking/ringing noise on Ford Mustang 1 year old with only 2000 miles. Ford investigating under warranty but havent found the problem despite a full inspection. Its a brief loud noise from ...
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Rear suspension looks funny after axle replacement

I have just had the rear axle replaced for my Skoda Roomster. This is how it looks now; another photo can be found below. I have an impression that the rear suspension now looks different than it used ...
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Mechanal Damage to Front End Suspension

I took my car to an Auto Repair Shop to have the two front end control arms replaced on a 2005 Toyota Camry XLE. The the repair shop stripped the nut located in the sub-frame on the driver side. As a ...
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2018 Crosstrek making a bottoming out thumb noise in DF assembly when going over very small things

I just got Subaru 2018 Crosstrek Premium a week ago and traveled a couple minor dirt roads. In my drivers side axle wheel area I am getting a loud thump that sounds like bottoming out, it is loud and ...
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Urgency of 2003 Isuzu Rodeo suspension groaning?

It's making a pretty obvious creaky-bed noise. However, I am currently on a road trip, and getting serviced would be somewhat onerous. I am wondering what the failure modes of the suspension system ...
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2013 Dart SXT Clunking/Grinding, Front Right

I own a 2013 Dart SXT, 140k miles. I typically do all my own maintenance, so most of the car is in decent shape. However, for the first time I took my car to a shop to get an alignment + 2 front tires....
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Vibration at speeds between 40-47mph

I went on a road trip of about 870 miles. I hit a speed bump at night because I couldn't see it due to absence of road lights. I applied brakes aggressively as soon as I saw the speed bump and I think ...
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2010 Lincoln MKS 3.7 V6

2010 LINCOLN MKS: Shakes horrible when driving and trying to stop, I’m close to 240,000 miles now but when I’m on smoother roads it’s not as bad. I’m here for an honest opinion because I’ve spent more ...
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1999 4 Cylinder Gas Tank Box With multiple connectors

Hi I am replacing rear suspension components on my 1999 4 Cylinder LE Toyota Camry and realized that Toyota engineered this model's undercarriage in a way to charge consumers more for PARTS & ...
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New replacement rear shocks/strut replacement cartridges are not available, can I have them rebuilt?

1986 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R Turbo
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How to tell if sway bar end links and bushings are worn?

Are these toast and should be replaced? The top bushing looks exploded - but how about the others, how does one check? These have only been on for less than two years; but I was running some very ...
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