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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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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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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Suspension Parts

The words ‘automotive suspension’ usually brings to mind images of heavy duty torsion bars and coil springs, however, what most people don’t know is that your car’s suspension system is actually a part of the chassis. Which means that not only is your suspension one of the most vital parts of your car, but that…
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Five Ways You’re Ruining Your Suspension

It’s very unlikely that you’d overlook a faulty AC or a broken window, however damage to your suspension, one of the most important parts of your car, might go untended—especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for! If your steering wheel shakes at high speeds or you notice a significant dip when breaking, it…
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Know when to replace Shocks and Struts, or Ruin Your Car

Although shocks and struts are not the most exciting part of your car, they are an essential part of a system that keeps you and your car safe. Knowing the signs of when to replace shocks and struts can be easy if you know what to look for. Bad shocks are not only bad for…
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