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Category Archives: Suspension

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control, trademarked and frequently referred to as MagneRide, is an electronic suspension system developed by Delphi. It was first available on the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, and soon made its way to other General Motors vehicles, making its mainstream debut on 2015 and newer Chevy and GMC full-size pickups and SUVs. The system…
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How to Replace Your Autoride Shocks the Right Way

The Autoride suspension available on most full-size 2000-2014 General Motors Full-Size SUVs (RPO Code Z55) is a complex, and often misunderstood system. Autoride was available on most Chevy Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon (including XL and Denali), Cadillac Escalade (including ESV and EXT) and Chevy Avalanche. There are two separate aspects to it; air suspension,…
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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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