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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2001 Mitsubishi Pajero GDI unstable over 80km/h

The car appears to be floating away or gliding out of control after driving at a speed of above 80km/h, almost as though I am driving on a slippery surface Is this the shocks or stabiliser rubbers? ...
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2005 Dodge Stratus car vibrates pressing on the brake

My car vibrates while holding the brake. While at a stop sign or a drive thru. Sometimes it's pretty loud and then sometimes it seems to stop. Putting it in neutral and park stops. It's only while ...
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Can a dirt bike be used as a sports bike?

Let’s say I have a dirt bike. I replace the tires with more grippy and wider street tires. Would it perform equally well as compared to a sports bike having everything other than the suspension system ...
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Tire uneven wear - cause and appropriate preventative action?

The inside of the tires are worn as seen in the attached photos (both front and rear). This is an SUV with about 80k miles on it. Any ideas on 1) what would cause this, 2) how the car could develop ...
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2001 f150 suspension package

Just replaced the suspension package on a 2001 F150. OEM parts. The issue I'm having is that when I go above 50mph and hit a bump/pot hole, there's a significant amount of jarring that occurs. ...
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1999-Mercury Cougar..noisy new suspension bushings

I have a 99 mercury cougar I just picked up. The rear suspension bushings were replaced, but are very noisy. Is there anything I can do to stop it or do I just have to live with it? Thanks for the ...
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Solid front axle alignment - jeep wrangler

So I put some new suspensions on my jeep about a year ago. Nothing fancy, just coil springs, shocks and stabilizer bars, leaving the factory control arms etc in place. It was a DIY job in my parking ...
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Could worn out front shocks cause extensive inner tire wear?

I have a problem where both front tires on my 1989 Toyota truck are wearing out the inner tread at an abnormal rate. So much so in fact that steel belt broke through on the drivers side tire and I ...
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Mazda RX-8 tires squeak when turning while accelerating

This happens a lot when leaving parking lots and making right turns. If I have to turn while accelerating, the rear tires squeak even when I'm not pushing that hard. It sounds like I'm burning out and ...
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Car feels imbalanced but difficult to find problem

I have a Hyundai Tuscani Coupe 2006. One day I was driving fast and there was a ditch in one side of the road. Thinking I'm a rally racer I just went into the ditch and noticed the rear of the car ...
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Airmatic Suspension for an S-Class Mercedes Benz

I parked my 2003 S430 for about 2 hours with the front wheels turned to the right (not straightened). When I came back and drove the car, immediately the warning appears "Airmatic Too Low!!" I was ...
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Replacing Front Suspension

I have an '06 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 (Z71 Extended Cab). I just purchased a kit to replace all the suspension pieces in the front end, including upper/lower control arms, and inner/outer tie rod ends....
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Offside Rear Coil Spring

Renault Clio mk3 2008. Offside rear coil spring has broken and I've been quoted £129 to replace the spring and shock absorber but does it need a new absorber?.
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Knocking/clunking sound coming from back end on flat road

I drive a 2014 Mitsubishi RVR and for a couple of months now there has been a knocking noise coming from the back end of the vehicle. At first it was very faint and you could only hear it when the ...
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Torque specs for Ford Focus inner tie rod

What is the correct torque for the inner tie rod on a 2002 Ford Focus SE wagon?
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Coilovers destroying my drive shafts

I have a set of Coilovers on my car and it's lowered by about 45-50 mm all around, the driveshaft bearings are lasting about 4-5 months on each side before having to be replaced because of the angle ...
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Will driving with damaged inner tie rod damage outer ends?

I have a 2002 Ford Focus and both the inner and outer tie rods need replacing. However, I'm on a short deadline because I'm moving at the end of the month and need to get this car working ASAP. I ...
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Mounting new shocks/struts for 2002 Ford Focus SE

I am replacing the shocks/struts on my 2002 Ford Focus SE wagon. I have never done this before and am not using OEM parts - I'm using this Moog strut assembly - so I wanted to make sure I'm doing this ...
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Scraping sound when I get off car

Whenever I get off my car (2008 Corolla S), I hear a scraping sound (only when its in parking brake). This is more noticeable for people getting from the back. Its a very metallic grrrr. I can hear it ...
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Is it necessary to have an alignment done after installing Firestone Coil Rite air helper springs on a 4WD vehicle?

I am having some Firestone Coil Rite Air Helper springs installed on the rear of my 4wd SUV. Is it necessary to have an Alignment done when this is completed? I have gotten a few quotes with some who ...
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Wish to understand why non-stock vehicle alignment is an issue

I just replaced all of my suspension components (Shocks, Springs, Hangers, Shackles) on my Ford Excursion with that of an F350 + a few modifications to make the rake appear level. I also have slightly ...
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Rumbling noise on sharp left turns

When I do a sharp left turn (like in runabouts or hairpin turns) I hear a rumbling noise (a grumbling sound, often also like rubber rubbing against metal) from the front of my car, also I can feel a ...
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Broken front driver's side suspension

I have hit a pothole on way home tonight and now driver side is low and arch rubbing on wheel and grinding when I turn left anyone got idea what I broke please
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1996 Chevy G10 Van, Loud Intermitten Squealing / Groaning

I have a 1996 G10 van with approximately 143,000 miles. The van occasionally makes a very loud squealing or high-pitched groaning noise. One of the difficulties lies in the lack of predictability or ...
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Is the shock bolt kit a reliable repair kit? A prequel to the obituary

Is the Dorman 31001 shock bolt kit a reasonable repair kit for front shock bolts? I was changing the front gas shocks on my 97 ford ranger, which is totally rusted underneath due to 20 winters in the ...
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Cotter pin question

When you're tightening a nut that uses a cotter pin, do you only tighten enough so the pin can slide in or can you tighten further as well? I drew a picture to illustrate what I'm asking. Is the ...
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Replacing vehicle springs with magnets

With a motorcycle or a car where the spring are separate from the shocks could I replace leaf or coil springs opposing poles of 2 magnets instead of the springs? What problems may it cause?
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how can i replace the front airlift air bags on my 1982 chevrolet p30 chassis ,

to mechanics stack exchange , I hope this will clarify my question I,ve really tried to explain the situation , please critique , thank you how can I install front airlift air bags in a 1982 ...
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Driver's side front wheel placement

I have problem with the front end on a 75 Duster. The front wheel on driver's side moved forward hitting fender in front of wheel. There is a half finger gap in front of wheel, three fingers behind. ...
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1982 chevrolet p-30 southwind 31 foot motorhome replace airlift airbags inside the coil springs on front [closed]

how can I install airlift air bags in a 1982 Chevrolet p30 chassis , since air lift lied about installation of airbag through the small 2 inch circle on lower A arm, it looks like the removal of big ...
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Replacing only one strut increase wear?

I drive a 2014 Corolla LE and recently had my right front shock strut and stabilizer bar link replaced under warranty(Defective part leaking) with OEM parts at 20k miles. Currently the car has 22k ...
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Adjusting excessive camber by bending the rotor assembly?

In my previous question I mentioned my problem with the excessive camber and how the shop told me that the issue seems to be with my car not with the strut. Now something controversial here in my ...
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Excessive camber on the left front wheel?

I just replaced the struts on my vehicle from a pair I brought from the junkyard and went in for an alignment, the shop then told me that my left wheel has 2"30 degrees of camber and the only way to ...
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Installing a lower strut brace: What will happen when I remove the bolts connecting the control arms?

I want to install a lower strut brace on my Mk1 Golf/Rabbit. The strut bar connects between the 2 control arms, like this: I need to remove the (one of the) bolts holding in the control arms. I've ...
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Can lowering springs make the car handle worse?

Can lowering springs make the car's handling worse by lowering the center of gravity? I have heard the statement that the suspension geometry can be off with the lowered springs and thus actually ...
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Jeep Cherokee Torque/Reaction arm

i have a Jeep Cherokee Limited 2.8CRD (06 plate) which has just failed its MOT. the "Torque/Reaction arm" to both nearside and offside rear need replacing. what is this? is it the same thing as "...
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Two wheeler front suspension

My two wheeler's front suspension seems to be disloyal it does not absorb the pot holes it is supposed to instead it pass it on to my hands which ends up vibrating my entire body.What is the diagnosis ...
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May the suspension become harder with the time? How to tell if it is broken if it is not soft enough?

I just bought a used car (ix35) and I feel the suspension is too hard. Back is much harder than front. I would say it is a hard shock absorbers, but I read through the list of ways how the shockers ...
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What to do about this rust on trailer wheel, suspension and part of axle?

I'm working on my 9 year old box trailer (a Lynton Loadtrekker), replacing the rotten plywood floor. There is some rust - see the pictures below. I think this is a torsion bar suspension system (...
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Need Help Identifying Broken Suspension Part - 1995 Chevy Lumina

My sister has a 1995 Chevy Lumina. The vehicle sometimes make a creaking or groaning noise during turning or driving over bumpy surfaces. There is a metal bar near the driver's side rear wheel that ...
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Why do race cars need suspension?

Consider F1 or NASCAR race cars. From what I understand these cars are not subjected to undulating troubling roads that produce heavy pitching or bouncy motions. The tracks seem pretty levelled. As ...
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Why is the roll center of the car suspension designed lower than the car's cg?

Why is the car roll center always designed to be lower than the car's center of gravity In my humble opinion, despite the fact that the car suspension will be harder to install and that there will be ...
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Rear shock size

2014 honda stateline vt1300cra abs I'm looking for the size of the rear shock absorber on this bike. I've called a few different honda dealers and they tell me the oem shock is discontinued and can't ...
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Triangular/Parallel four-link suspension system, how it works

I've been really interested at car suspensions lately and this particular system confuses me the most... Are they simple hinges or do they also move other ways than that the angle they're placed ...
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What springs? Cargo Control/Lift

I have a 2011 Jeep Patriot that I want to use to carry a 300 lb motorcycle with a hitch carrier. I loaded the bike on there once and it almost bottomed out to where I don't think I would have made it ...
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Less mileage and bumpy ride in VW polo after shocks and timing belt replacement

I own a VW Polo TDI, 2011. I recently had all four shocks replaced. I also got my timing belt and fan belt replaced. I also did the alignment afterwards. I have made a few observations which I would ...
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Car rattles when someone seats or go out of the car

My car rattles when someone seats in the back passenger or when I push down the car trunk. The sound is coming from the back portion of the car. Any idea what would be the problem? Car: Honda City ...
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Pros and cons of increasing car clearance

We plan to drive from London to Mongolia via Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, etc (Mongol Rally event) in a Suzuki Wagon 1999. We expect to be both on asphalted roads and off-roads. Suzuki Wagon is a ...
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What technical challenges prevent deployment of pure active suspensions?

There are a number of different types of active suspension including pneumatic and magnetic, but to my knowledge, in practice, these are all classified as semi-active, since there are other non-active ...
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Is this abnormal tie rod play? (Axial rotation)

I was inspecting my suspension parts and was looking for any play. I'm not sure if this play I found in the tie rod is normal. Basically I can push it a little and I found that the rod would rotate ...

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