Air Suspension Help
WHAT IS AIR SUSPENSION?
This is the question we get the most! Air suspension is an aftermarket upgrade for an automobile or in some cases a factory standard. Your suspension system is what connects the chassis of the vehicle to the wheels, is also dampers any vibration or road noise to the cockpit of the vehicle.
Most vehicles on the road today have a steel spring over shock arrangement, what air suspension does is replace that spring with an airbag and paired with a digital management system the height of the vehicle can be adjusted at the touch of a button. This airbag inflates and deflates to adjust the level of the vehicle. Depending on the configuration or system, the height of the vehicle can be maintained depending on the load/weight in the vehicle. The same system has been used on commercial buses for years, the swoosh noise is the leveling system adjusting and maintaining the height of the vehicle.
HOW RELIABLE IS AIR SUSPENSION?
Short answer.....incredibly reliable!
The reliability of air ride all starts with the installation....if the kit has been installed correctly, you shouldn't have any problems. The problems start when you rush your install to get the job done or cut corners. Just like most vehicle modifications, ensure you have the correct tools and installation manuals to ensure it has been fitted correctly. If you wish to have an air suspension kit installed for you ensure they are warrantied by the manufacturer to perform the install.
CAN AIR SUSPENSION BE USED ALL YEAR ROUND?
YES! Air suspension can be used during all seasons! As previously stated above, if the kit has been installed correctly you shouldn't have any problems! There is little maintenance that is required during the winter months. We recommend putting two caps of anti-freeze in the tank we temperatures drop below freezing. This anti-freeze prevents any moisture from freezing in the system.
WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE IS RECOMMENED FOR AIR SUSPENSION?
Overall, the only maintenance is to regularly drain the air tank to reduce the amount of water circulating through the system. We offer in-line water traps that can aide in this activity, while also significantly reducing the amount of water that gets in the system in the first place. In any case, draining the system once a month is a good rule of thumb and only takes a minute. For those of us in the northern climates, keeping your system dry is key to trouble-free running in the winter.