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Pothole Damage

Pothole Damage

Pothole Damage Pothole damage is hard to avoid when potholes are popping up in the pavement faster than the early crocus flowers. Unfortunately, potholes are everywhere and avoiding all of them is impossible. Many potholes are created when constant freezing and thawing of water under the pavement weakens the road and causes large fissures. These fissures, when coupled with the pressure of vehicles driving over, eventually turn into potholes.  Freezing winter weather can often lead to potholes, due to the role freezing can play in pothole formation. DJ Foreign Auto Care, which repairs many vehicles with pothole damage each spring, offers the following tips on avoiding potholes and fixing the pothole damage. Properly inflated tires hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air. If you can't avoid a pothole, try to slow down before you hit it. However, don’t brake directly over a pothole, this can lead to even ... read more

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Air Suspension

Air Suspension

How Air Suspension Systems Work: Instead of steel or leaf springs, an air suspension system typically consists of air springs, also known as plastic/airbags, sturdy rubber, and an air-line system, connected to an onboard air compressor, valves, solenoids, all under electronic controls. The built-in compressor is an electric pump, used to feed air to the air bags via multiple lines. Valves play a vital role in air path control, letting air enter different sections of the system. In electronic systems, when the system accommodates for different driving conditions, solenoids inflate and vent the airbags by opening and closing to adjust the quantity of air entering each airbag. An electronic control module regulates the on/off switches, monitors pressure and manages ride height. Air springs are flexible and have a certain amount of elasticity. The more they are compressed, the stiffer they are. The principal difference between a traditional shock or strut is that they hav ... read more

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Car Suspension Problems - Warning Signs

Car Suspension Problems - Warning Signs

Tweet Driving with car suspension problems such as worn or leaking shocks/struts, loose or broken controls arms or other damaged suspension components can be just as risky as driving with bald tires or squealing brakes. But many drivers who have their tires and brakes inspected and replaced regularly don't think to have their suspension checked. If you experience any warning signs of car suspension problems such as: the car bouncing or swaying, the car does not handle well, the car does not sit level, or if the car is shaking or vibrating, you should have your vehicle inspected right away by a qualified professional. After a vehicle has 50,000 miles on the odometer, the suspension should be checked every time the brakes are inspected; at least once a year or every 12,000 miles. Some brands such as Land Rover/Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz include models that have air suspension. According to ... read more

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