Your cars air suspension system is vital to the safety of your vehicle and the way it handles. And you're probably aware they are super expensive to replace, so it pays to invest a little time and effort as you go along to make them last that bit longer.
The biggest threat to your air suspension system is time. There is really no getting away from that fact, but its time coupled with things like moisture and debris getting inside the system that really wears it down quicker than it needs to. So what can you do?
One of the best ways to preserve the life of your air suspension system is to make sure you look after and maintain the dryer. Because it's the job of the dryer to remove all the excess moisture from the system and if this breaks down or gets saturated it can't do what it's supposed to do. And then this means moisture is building up in your system and will pretty soon leave you with damaged air springs. Or else you'll have your compressor burn out if moisture from inside the air system comes into contact with its electronic parts. Either situation leaves you strapped for cash because both of these are far more expensive to replace than your dryer is to maintain.
So what else can you do?
Well other things that typically go wrong with your air suspension system such as punctures to the air bag from road debris cannot really be avoided unless you stop driving your car! But you can implement some damage limitation control by always having your system properly serviced. And then at least you have the chance of catching something before it gets too bad. It's a bit like going to the dentist regularly. As much as you don't want to do it, it saves you money (and your teeth) in the long run to get a regular check up. Because if you do, you can catch a small cavity before it turns into a full scale root canal costing you thousands!
When it comes down to it, it really doesn't pay to skimp on getting your ride serviced and if you really can't afford to get it done regularly then perhaps it's time to learn how to do it yourself. You'll be surprised how easy some of the basic service skills are to master.
It's hard sometimes when you want to save some cash but don't be tempted by cheaper generic parts. Because when it comes to your suspension system, this can cost you more than you realize. If you lose control of your vehicle and you're heading towards a ditch, you don't want t the last thing going through your mind before crashing is that you wished you spent the bit extra on decent parts! The best parts of course are those ones that have been personally tailored to the unique make, model and year of your car. And don't let anyone tell you different.
As a final note, also be aware that a shoddy installation job can cause another problem of the air bags rubbing against the vehicle's frame or other surrounding parts and will damage it so bad it will eventually need replacing. Unfortunately saving money by cutting corners and doing things on the cheap usually means costing you more in the long run when it comes to car servicing and parts.
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