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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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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Need to find out which type of radial shaft seal I have

I am repairing the coilover of a Yamaha XT600 2kf and I need to replace a radial shaft seal. Unfortunately I have not been able to identify the exact type of seal this is. I have only been able to ...
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Design of a double A-arm suspension

Can a double A-arm suspension have its arms bent as shown in the sketch below? The sketch is taken to be viewed from the the front.
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Car pulls to the side when driving or braking on a bumpy road

I have a 2005 Honda Accord that pulls to the side when driving over bumps or hitting pot holes. Most of the time, it pulls to the left but occasionally to the right as well. This is most pronounced ...
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How can a cv joint break suddenly?

I know that before a cv joint totally breaks, it produces sounds when turning. I had nothing no wierd sounds, then suddenly i felt the driving wheel turns right hardly when I was about 70 km /h. I ...
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Clunking/grating sound coming from front right when turning left at speed

My car is a 1983 Mitsubishi Tredia, front-wheel drive, right-hand drive, manual transmission. When I turn left at moderate speed, the car makes a grating sound, lasting about half a second. It seems ...
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Should loctite be used on suspension components?

Didn't see this asked from searching but I've always been in debates with whether Loctite should be used on suspension components. To be clear, I'm talking about components that do not utilize a ...
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What is the difference between a knuckle and spindle?

Surprised I didn't see this asked before but when watching videos about suspension components and installs I've commonly seen people refer to, what I would imagine a spindle, but call it a knuckle. ...
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Rattling noise that goes away when braking?

Ever since my father had his last brake job on his 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, a very noticeable rattling noise appeared coming from the back right side of the van. I was thinking that it was a ...
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Would a torn inner tie rod noise reduce in occurrence and severity when the car is warm?

I have an intermittent crunching sound coming from the front drivers side suspension. I have brought it in for a suspension inspection and the shop diagnosed it as a worn inner tie rod that is moving ...
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How to select a good recondition vehicle [duplicate]

What are the important things to check before buying reconditioned vehicle?
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Merc C class 2.2 CDI W203 tire skipping

So i have a problem with my car for some reason when turning sharp (>= 90 deg) turns my front tires seem to skip out with a rubbery pong sound like the tires bouncing back along the road surface. ...
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Lift Kits or Air Suspension system for my 2015 Ram 4x4?

I've got a 2015 Ram 1500 Eco diesel/6.5' bed, 4x4, with Pop Up camper on the bed. Weight of camper and gear is 1,000 lbs. Can you offer an opinion as to what would serve me best: lift kits or air ...
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Car lurched slightly after changing rear brake pad

Long story short, after jacking up right rear, taking wheel off, putting back on and lowering, when I sat in the driver's seat, I felt a sudden further lowering (drop) in the right rear side. Could ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

I'm trying to replace the front control arms in my 2005 bmw 330ci (e46). I'm stuck trying to separate the inner ball joint on the passenger side. I'm using a pickle fork and a hammer. It seems that ...
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Why are rear and front spring rates different?

So I was doing some research and people were saying than the front and rear spring rates should be different? It seems to have something to do with motion ratio and under/oversteer, but how exactly ...
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What is the typical spring rate for a racing car shock absorber and what does it depend on?

I understand it depends on a lot of different factors and probably have a large range of #s. But could anyone give me some information about the range of the spring rate and where I can find more ...