Doing This Will Make Your Car’s Suspension Last Forever

Doing This Will Make Your Car’s Suspension Last Forever


rev up your engines, today I’m gonna show
you how you can save thousands of dollars in suspension repair on your car,
now suspension systems have gone a long way since I was a young mechanic, no
longer do cars all have simple shock absorbers with a bolt on the top of both
on the bottom, take the two bolts off putt new shocks on, they have
McPherson struts, they even have computer-controlled McPherson struts
that have electronics and hydraulics inside them, and being so complex of
course they’re expensive as can be, you want your suspension parts to last as
long as possible, I’m gonna show you how you can make that possible, now realize
that many of your suspension parts have rubber seals or rubber bushings in them,
over time these things are going to rot or crack leading to really expensive
repairs, and that’s why over the years I’ve used this at 205 reseal, it’s just a
clear polymer it looks just like water but it doesn’t smell like water, it
rejuvenates rubber, keeps it pliable so it doesn’t crack,
now I filled this old spray bottle with the at 205 reseal to show you how I treat
rubber suspension parts, so they don’t break down in the first place, we’ll just
take off this wheel, off it comes and as we look inside here’s the first thing,
this is the boot that’s on the power steering rack, it keeps dirt the dust from
getting inside the power steering, so a few times a year get the at 205 reseal and
spray it all over the boot, that’ll keep the rubber
nice and supple, it’s a royal pain in the rear end taking all the suspension apart
to replace it if it cracks, so a little preventive maintenance goes a long way
and on the top of the strut the same thing, this is a dust shield, spray it every
once in a while, it’ll keep the rubber nice and supple so it won’t crack, and you
can do the same here on the torsion bar right here, and of course here’s the CV
axle you can spray the rubber boot there to keep it from cracking, and hiding
inside here are rubber control arm bushings, you want to keep them nice and
lubricated with at 205 reseal, because if that control arm goes
bad you gotta take a lot of suspension parts to replace it, they’re very
expensive, you want to prevent that rubber from getting brittle cracking and
then your suspension gets off and you have to replace them, now the next thing
to think about to let your suspension system last longer is your tires
because realize your tires actually absorb a lot of the shocks, they’re
flexible, when you hit bumps these things flex in and up, they often
take just as much shock away from the car as the shock absorbing system does
so of course you want to keep the right amount of air in your tires, and you want
to watch your tires to make sure they’re not wearing out oddly, because if they
start to wear out oddly, one that shows that you often have a problem in the
front end where you need a ball joint, or a tie rod, and if your tire is worn badly
out of balance its shakes a lot at speeds, it’s gonna wear things out faster
the more shakin you have the worse it’s gonna be, now the next tip of course is
don’t carry excess weight, let’s take an extreme example I had a customer who was a
scuba diver instructor, and he always had big old scuba diving tanks lying in the
trunk, that really weighed it down and things wore out faster, so don’t be a
slob like me and keep all this junk in your trunk, be more like my wife, have a
trunk that’s clean, it’s got a yoga mat and a little box with a few tools in it
don’t carry a lot of excess weight, now crucial part your suspension system is
your power steering, if you’ve got a car that has hydraulic power steering, of
course check the fluid every once in a while, this is on the low mark now when
it’s cold and it goes up to the high mark when it warms up because it expands
over time, but this stuff does get dirty over time, and guess what dirt does, dirt
is friction, friction wears out parts, if you have to buy an uber expensive
power-steering pump, or even worse if your power steering rack goes bad, then
you’re gonna have to spend a small fortune, so if you like me and want to keep
your car for hundreds of thousands of miles, 15-20 years or more, it’s good idea
to change your power steering fluid let’s say, ah once every six seven years
or something, it’s not that big of a deal but you do need
to change it, because eventually gets so dirty it turns into a cutting fluid
1,400 psi pressure and the fluid is dirty, that actually turns the fluid into a
cutting fluid that will eat through metal parts
eat up hoses, do all kinds of damage, so do change it every once in a while and
find out what kind you have, some of them are red, if the red turns black
you know it’s dirty, some of them are clear they’re easier to see when they
get dirtier, it only has to be changed every once in a really long time, just do
it if you want to keep your car for as long as possible
now for those of you who live up north or by saltwater sea shore, it’s a good idea
to rinse the undercarriage of your car once
a week to get that salt off, salt is an enemy of suspension parts, as an example I
used to have a photographer when I did a show
with CBS, he lived across the street from the ocean in Galveston, and just the
spray of the salt water coming in, he didn’t drive on the beach or anything,
his Chrysler’s they just rotted away, I looked at one of his vehicles, and the
thing was three and a half years old it was just rotting through everywhere,
he never rinsed them, and of course anything that causes corrosion is
gonna create problems with suspension systems, but salt this is absolute worst
thing that you’re generally gonna run into on this planet, so if you live in
an area like that you want to rinse your car a lot, if you’re not going to do it yourself
just take it to somewhere where they drive it through and it all hoses
the bottom out and gets all the stuff off the suspension system, now another
part that’s rubber that can have corrosion on it is your strut mounts,
this is all rubber inside here, so get the reseal on pour it on the rubber, the rubber
is on the inside here on the edge, it’ll keep it from cracking, the
mounts themselves aren’t that expensive, those particular ones are like 80
something dollars a piece of you buy factory ones, but you have to take the
whole strut off the vehicle, take it all apart, put the new mount on and put it
back together, and if you gotta go through all that trouble you might as
well has changed the strut too, not just the mount itself, but the mounts
themselves are the crucial part, the whole thing sits on that, if it
cracks and breaks the suspension can pop right up through it, you hit a bump it’ll
just lose control, I’ve had cars that came here when I jacked them up in the air
the whole things just fell off the car, cuz the only thing holding them on was the
weight of the car, so when they were hitting bumps they were actually coming
out of the hole, it’s dangerous so you don’t want the mounts to go bad, a little
maintenance goes a long way, maybe once a year you can put a little bit on
the rubber seals, so it won’t crack and then you got to take the whole thing
apart and replace it all, just because the rubber decided to crack, and here’s
my last warning to save you thousands, when things do wear out replace them
with quality parts, don’t go on eBay and buy the cheapest strut, or the cheapest
wheel bearing assembly you can get your hands on, I tried that in the past to
save my customers money, boy it bit me in the
rear-end, parts didn’t last long sometimes they didn’t even work in the
first place, because they weren’t machined correctly, always buy quality suspension
parts when you do have to change them unless of course you’re planning on get
rid of the car, a lot of guys will put those quick struts on to save money,
they’re selling a car,,they realize hey it’s not gonna last forever but if it
really rides like crap and I can’t get any money for the car, make it ride
halfway decent so you can then sell it, but if you’re planning on keeping the car
for years, my advice is don’t use those quick struts, the quality just isn’t
there, so now you know how you can save thousands in suspension repair cost with
a tiny bit of maintenance, so if you never want to miss another one of my new
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