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Category Archives: Suspension

The Difference Between Shocks & Struts

While they mostly do the same job and the words are often used interchangeably, shocks and struts refer to two vastly different suspension designs. You cannot use a shock absorber in the place of a strut, and vice versa. This can naturally lead to some confusion when trying to order the correct parts for your…
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Is Your Mercedes AirMatic Suspension Sagging or Compressor Seized?

Driving a Mercedes equipped with AirMatic suspension should be a comfortable and soothing experience. After all, the smooth ride of a fine German luxury car is legendary! But as these vehicles age, the active air suspension system develops malfunctions that are almost always accompanied by hefty repair bills that that will often hinder the satisfaction…
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Problems with the Z55 Autoride Suspension in 2000-2014 GM Trucks

On many of GM’s larger trucks there was an optional Z55 suspension package available. Autoride is GM's trademark name for their automatic load-leveling suspension and computer controlled shock system. The Autoride system provides for a great ride, but when the system fails it can leave a big hole in your pocketbook. BuyAutoParts.com offers brand-new passive…
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1998 – 2004 Audi and Volkswagen Control Arm and Ball Joint Failure

With the introduction of the fifth generation of Volkwagen’s B and C platform that underpins the Audi A4, A6, Allroad, and Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen-Audi AG moved to a multilink front suspension system. The entire front suspension consists of eight individual control arms, two upper and two lower on each side. Together they locate the wheel…
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10 Myths About Shocks and Struts

Do you think you know everything about shocks and struts? If you answer “no,” you’re not alone. These parts rate as some of the most often-misunderstood car components on the market. And it’s not just the average person who doesn’t grasp shocks and struts. There have been many cases where professional mechanics and car repair…
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Ready to DIY? Shocks and Struts Edition

Do-it-yourself projects can save a ton of money. When your hear about those DIY types, you’re probably thinking about home improvement projects – adding insulation to the attic, putting up fencing around the yard, installing a water heater, things like that. Who needs an “expert” handyman when many tasks can be done by you? That…
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Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Strut Assembly Repair

Always replace your entire strut assembly at one time—the suggestion of replacing the individual parts of your strut assembly might be the worst advice we’ve heard in a while. This well-intentioned advice seems to come primarily from those who want to save money now as opposed to later. A simple rule of thumb is that…
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Best Shock Absorber Tips to Get the Most Bang for your Buck

There are thousands of shock absorbers being offered by many different companies today. This article will go over the best shock absorber tips to get the most bang for your buck. It can be confusing with the many different options available. The way the shocks are designed will lead to a difference in ride and…
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