Air ride and active shocks and struts will eventually fail – succumbing to either damage to or dry rot of the air spring.
All air ride-equipped Crown Vics have a switch in the trunk on the left to deactivate the air ride system.
If the suspension bottoms out, contact between the piston and the bottom of the tube could occur.
The system levels the vehicle under loads and when a trailer is attached.
For any electric vehicle, the alignment not only protects the tires it helps to increase the range.
Electronically adjustable shocks and struts use conventional mono-tube and twin-tube oil-filled dampeners.
It is a common occurrence on the coldest days or during large fluctuations in the temperature to get a customer call or visit complaining that they have a warning message on their dash telling them the air ride suspension system is malfunctioning or there is a fault.
To the untrained technician, a winter air ride problem might lead you down the path that there is a leak in the system. However, chances are there are no detectable leaks. These types of faults are usually set by parameters from the air ride module for a specific action to cause an expected result.
Jason Stahl discusses air ride, and how the vehicles that have it still perform even when the vehicle is turned off. Sponsored by Standard.
An air ride system uses three basic inputs to determine if the system is operating properly. First, the pressure sensor measures pressure at the reservoir or after the compressor. Second, the ride height sensors measure the position of the wheel in the wheel well. Third, sensors that are not directly connected to the air ride system measure the ambient air temperature, vehicle speed and system voltage.
This is a full-feature air ride system designed to improve comfort, stability and off-road capabilities. Some vehicles with the 4XMotion option will also have a sway bar that can be decoupled to increase wheel travel. The struts have active dampeners that control compression and rebound. The driver can also control the height.
The Volkswagen Touareg was the first VW SUV and the first to get an air ride suspension system. The luxury SUV shares the same platform as the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. This is a full-feature air ride system designed to improve comfort, stability and off-road capabilities. Some vehicles with the 4XMotion option will also have a sway bar that can be decoupled to increase wheel travel.