Common questions

What should I do if my air bags keep falling out?

What should I do if my air bags keep falling out?

What can be done to investigate the problem, is raise the vehicle with the offroad height switch and give the bags a soaking with a soapy water spray solution, this will find any leaks if they are obvious, but the bags can sometimes self seal as they roll over the lower piston, this is why the car may drop randomly and with no pattern to it.

When does a suspension air bag wear out?

Because it is a pneumatic device and prone to exposure to extreme elements and potentially being hit by sharp objects, it is possible for the suspension air bags to break or wear out before the vehicle hits 100,000 miles.

When to turn off the air suspension switch?

If the fuse is all right, make sure the air-suspension switch in the trunk is on. This switch is used when the car is in for service. Always turn off the switch before lifting the car, because the sensor will think the car is rising and keep the air bag valves open, ruining the rear air suspension.

How long does a backup power supply last for an air bag?

Depending on the model, the backup power supply lasts between one second and ten minutes. Since components vital to the system’s operation might sit dormant for years, the air bag circuitry performs an internal “self-test” during each startup, usually indicated by a light on the instrument panel that glows briefly at each startup.

What happens to the air bag system if the compressor goes out?

The compressor is what supplies the entire system with the compressed air required to inflate the airbags and support the weight of the vehicle. Without the compressor, the entire air bag system would be left without air, and the vehicle would be left with an inoperable suspension.

What to do if there is no power to the air suspension pump?

If there is no power going to the air suspension compressor, check the air suspension fuse and relay. Here is a picture that shows no power to the air suspension pump. The next step would be to use a professional diagnostic scanner such as the iCarsoft MB II to check the fault codes for the Air Suspension Control Unit.

How does an air bag suspension system work?

An air bag suspension system serves the same purpose as a standard suspension system, however, instead of using metal springs and liquid filled shocks, it uses a system of inflatable air bags filled with compressed air to suspend the vehicle off the ground. One of the most important components of an air bag system is the compressor.

When to remove air from self priming pump?

Prudent system design dictates that the suction pipe length be held to a minimum to promote long pump life. Every section of suction piping equates to a volume of air that must be removed when the pump starts. Best practices say to reduce priming time to a minimum.

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Ruth Doyle