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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2003 civic si - ground control installation on bilstein struts

I recently purchased a set of ground control coilover conversion springs to be used with my bilstein struts. The kit came with install instructions for koni yellow struts, which are similar, yet ...
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Ford Focus creaking from rear when driving

Ford Focus 2008 (EU), 99,000 miles. When driving around and putting the car over uneven surfaces, there is a creaking/knocking coming from the rear. Initially I thought it was the right side, but ...
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Is alignment needed after replacing upper control arms?

My yearly NY inspection revealed a bad upper ball joint and the shop gave me a quote to replace it. One of the line items on the quote was an automatic and irremovable item which read "Auto: alignment ...
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What is the purpose of this mount on the upper suspension arm?

While driving on a rough road, a bushing fell off from the front driver side suspension arm. I could not feel anything different on the 1km drive home. So I'm wondering what is the use for the part? ...
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Suspension spring coil snapped at bottom, Is it safe to drive short distance

Hi before i start i have seen this question, Is it safe to drive a car that has a broken suspension spring? But My problem is a bit different I sat into My BMW 320d 2006 and heard a weird loud noise, ...
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2010 Lincoln MKS - Wobbling/shaking side to side

So I just recently bought a 2010 Lincoln MKS with 200,000 miles on it. Brakes, and new tires were allegedly put on it very recently. The car was brought back in for previously agreed upon (and paid ...
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Does it matter if factory-split bushings don't “close up” when installed?

I just replaced my front stabilizer bar bushings to fix a clunking noise I was getting. It solved the problem and the clunking is gone, but the replacement bushings don't seem to fit quite exactly. ...
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Grease/lubricate rubber stabilizer bar bushings?

I just bought a set of these bushings to replace the worn-out ones in my front stabilizer bar. The set did not include any grease or lubricant. The manufacturer doesn't state the construction ...
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Torquing Strut Nut with Tire on Ground

I will be changing my wife's shocks and struts next week on her 2012 Outback. The service manual says not to tighten strut mounting nut until the car is on the ground. Do I really leave the nut that ...
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Ride stiffness vs roll stiffness

What is the difference between ride and roll stiffness? Are they separate or closely related?
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How much shock mount reinforcement is required to support a coilover on a car with separate springs and dampers?

There are no off-the-shelf coilover options for the rear of my project car (solid rear axle, separate springs and dampers), and I've seen warnings from various car-related forums about attaching a ...
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Banging noise Over bumps. But suspensions are okay

I get banging noise over bumps. Its seems like car has been dropped from some height. If I go slowly over bumps then nothing comes and even suspension works perfectly fine but this noise comes when I ...
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Replacement Spring - Spring Too Compressed Under Load

Yesterday I helped a friend replace his springs on his Vauxhall Corsa C 1.2 Life (2004). The fronts went well however there's a bit of a bizarre issue on the rears. The rear of a Corsa uses a trailing ...
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New pair of shock absorber piston does not return at the same time after compression

I bought a pair of new shock absorbers for my car today. When i went to the workshop and open up i did a compression on the pistons. i found that one of the shock piston return faster than the other. ...
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OEM length or shorter-travel shocks/struts for a car with lowered suspension?

When lowering a car on lowering springs or coilover sleeves (any lowering without a matched shock/strut provided by the spring manufacturer), should I also try to source a shorter length shock? Seems ...
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Wobbling wheel, Chevy Malibu LT

I have a 2007 Chevy Malibu I was driving down the highway and I heard a pop come from the rear passenger side wheel and then it sounded like I had a flat but the tire is now wobbling pretty bad what ...
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Shock absorber change

I am owner of Mahindra Scorpio my car is riding 150000 so I want to change the shocker but I confuse only shocker change or both shocker and coil spring change pls suggest
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Clicking and popping sound in passenger side front wheel

Whenever I hot the gas or the brake, I hear a clicking and popping sound on the front right side. I just put in w new CV axle and control arm ball joint. The sound happens during abrupt momentum ...
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My 2007 Ford Focus feels like an SUV going around curves. Why?

My wife has a 2007 Ford Focus and I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla. The reviews I read of the 2007 (and similar years) Focus say that it's actually pretty fun to drive, but personally I hate it. It just ...
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2009 Civic Sedan hit curb. Front Passenger side Suspension Replacement!

So my 2009 civic sedan hit a curb at the passenger side, and both passenger side tires blew. I got new tires and an alignment, and now there's no vibration or noise at low or high speeds while going ...
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Banging noise Over bumps

I get banging noise over bumps. Its seems like car has been dropped from some height. If I go slowly over bumps then nothing comes and even suspension works perfectly fine but this noise comes when I ...
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Will driving 4 unbalanced tires to a shop for balancing cause any issue on the suspension/alignment?

I've refinished all 4 aluminum wheels on a 2wd 2001 Toyota Tacoma. In the process, I dismounted the tires (235/70) and flipped them (so the white lettering is on the inside) and removed all existing ...
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2003 Mazda Tribute (Ford Escape) Front Clunk: Not the tie rods or ball joint

I've been frustrated by the clunk in the front of my car for the seven years since I bought it. Just recently it became incredibly loud when. Some details: Exclusively occurs when the Front Left tire ...
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When should I get an alignment after strut and coil replacement?

This weekend I replaced most of the front suspension in my car, including the strut and coil assemblies for both front wheels. I was told it is wise to get an alignment done afterwords as my car is ...
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Pulsar 220 F replaced with New suspension, still the problem persist

I have very good experience with my pulsar 220 past 9 years. Slowly, the ride becomes firmer. I could feel every bits and stones on my butt so, thinking of the age of the bike I changed the rear ...
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Clunk in back end

I'm hearing a clunk and bang from the back of my car. The symptoms: 2010 RAV4, 6 cyl, AWD, 75kmiles. Clunk from rear sometimes when rounding sharp corners at low speed. Clunk from rear sometimes when ...
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I bought two new shock absorbers but one of them is much softer and slower. Is it bad? (video attached)

It also does not go up fully if I put some weight on it. Video: https://youtu.be/1CpawflyGjs Car is scion tc. Both struts are the same brand/line.
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Schock absorbers misting

My car has a schock absorbers misting report on a test Audi a3 built 2009 Now my question is could this case a bumpy ride I.e when the car rides of bumpy road, the drive feels very rough Best ...
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Stripped threads on top mount for shock, is it still usable?

I have an otherwise brand new shock (KYB KG5551 Gas-a-Just Monotube Shock) that I mistakenly torque gunned the old (OEM) nut onto. This stripped all the threads and it no longer accepts the correct ...
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Can I compress the strut spring while still attached to my 2011 Jetta?

Removing the strut is quite a task but if I could compress the spring with the right tool 'while still on the car', I think that the strut could come out of the steering knuckle with-out removing the ...
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Do I need to replace my swinging arm bushings?

I've removed the steering knuckles from my Audi Q3. When I move the swinging arm by hand it makes a creaking noise. Do the bushing(s) need to be replaced? See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Struts blew out very soon after Coil Spring replacement

I got a car inspection in November and they told me my coil springs were cracked and needed to be replaced. I got the work done as recommended and pretty soon after this, my car was making a weird ...
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Suspension height on Grand Cherokee 2011 v8 5.7L without air suspension

I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 2011 v8 5.7L. I recently convert the suspension to conventional (remove quadra-lift) due to too many problems and cost. Chrysler did it. Aside from the warning ...
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Suspension/braking issues with Honda Civic

I have been hearing a creaking/squeaking sound from the front of my car when turning at slow speeds. I have noticed that when I usually hear the noise when I am turning the wheel and breaking. To ...
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Front wheel moving in ways it really shouldn't

Driving home in my Subaru WRX after Christmas with my in-laws, I first noticed a distinct pull to the left under braking, but on checking at the roadside couldn't see anything obvious, so I continued ...
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Technique to driving over parking lot speed bumps [closed]

I live in a large apartment block and the parking is 3 floors down, with a speed bump on each floor parking level. The speed bumps are very aggressive and seem squared off like in the picture below ...
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How to shorten a USD fork?

I’m wondering how to shorten a USD fork about 3-4”. I know you can do internal lowering via spring cut and spacer. Is it possible to shorten the fork itself by cutting the external fork body and then ...
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Help removing rusted sway bar link nut

I’m working on an 03 Camry trying to replace the sway bar end links. The Allen key hole stripped and I’m having trouble removing the bottom nut. The top one was easier due to all the space I have. ...
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EFS/Lovells/OME suspension for NSGV

I want to upgrade suspension at my Suzuki Grand Vitara 2013. Currently I determined three variants: EFS Elite full kit (specs) EFS shocks (from kit) + Lovells coils (Medium SFS32 + Medium SRR33) OME ...
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Vertical play in wheels

I had my car jacked up recently and I noticed a vertical play(wheel going up and down) while holding the wheel at 9 and 3 and trying to move it. This comes with a severe knocking on the rear, both ...
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Loose steering over anything rough

I have a 2011 Ford F-150, and since we bought a year ago it's always felt somewhat unstable over uneven pavement. The truck tracks straight on the highway, doesn't have any vibration, but anytime I ...
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Can a damaged CV joint cause clunking noise?

It was raining the other day and my tires do not have a lot of tread on them. I was taking this on ramp on too high of speed than I should have and ended up oversteering off the pavement into grass ...
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ford transit with suspension debonding issues

I put a deposit down for a van without checking its mot history. It turns out the last mot had an advisory on it. It said "nearside front suspension arm back bush starting to unbond" What does that ...
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Vehicle Ride Height

Car is 2008 Audi A4 2.0T S Line. It appears to sit lower than other cars (standard edition, not S Line) that I've seen around town. I want to change out shocks and struts as I suspect they are ...
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Chatter from steering rack in a specific condition

2008 Audi A4 2.0T. Specific condition is when I back into my driveway, I'm driving down the street, turn the wheel to the left and line the car up. Then shift to reverse and cut the wheels right ...
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Solved - Weird metallic clunk when accelerating

EDIT: FOUND THE CULPRIT! Description in the end. This may be a long post, but my car is making a sound that is driving me completely nuts. The car in question is a 1997 VW Parati, a small three-door ...
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What Is The Metal “Wing” Connected To My Lower Strut Mount Mazda Protege 2002?

Connected to the lower strut mount of my Mazda Protege 2002 is a "wing" which leads away with a size 14mm bolt in it. I have been trying to loosen the rusted bolt, but I can't get it loose. I am ...
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Same side drop links from different company, will it make any difference?

I'm just about to change my sway bar drop links. 3 out of 4 parts are from one company and one of the rear is from a different company. On any normal car I wouldn't even ask but it's a civic vti ...
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Can knocking noises caused by anti roll drop links be intermittent or just not detectable until they get worse?

So I was getting a knocking noise from under car and mechanic 1(who just had axle stands i.e. no ramp) said its either the anti roll bar or ball joint and there was no way of knowing which you just ...
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Can a very lowered suspension cause cv joint to leak?

Car is a civic vti 1999 currently at 160k miles and looking rusty underneath. The suspension has been lowered so much it is a nightmare to ride over humps. Just found that I have leaking cv joints. ...