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Spring Maintenance Tips

Maintaining air springs is easy. Air springs require very little maintenance as they are designed and manufactured to last a lifetime under a vehicle. For best results, we recommend performing basic maintenance on your air springs a few times a year. As the temperature outside warms up, the spring is always a great time to perform maintenance on your vehicle. Below are a few basic Air Lift air spring maintenance tips we recommend for the spring that you can complete in 5 minutes or less.

Check Air Pressure

When the vehicle is unloaded, check the air pressure in your air springs to ensure that the minimum recommended pressure of 5 PSI is maintained. Minor dips and increases in air pressure can be expected as the temperature cools and warms, but if you are consistently losing air, you may have a leak. If this is the case, perform a leak test by spraying soapy water (1/5 liquid dish soap and 4/5 water) on all inflation valves and fittings.

For added convenience, add an Air Lift On-Board Air Compressor System to inflate and deflate your air springs with the touch of a button. All Air Lift On-Board Air Compressor Systems automatically maintain minimum recommended air pressure settings.

Visual Inspection

Perform a quick visual inspection of items mounted underneath the vehicle to ensure nothing was knocked loose by snow or road debris. Be sure to check:

  • Heat shields – Ensure heat shields are still securely mounted and ½” to 1” of dead air space is maintained between the heat shield and the heat source (exhaust pipes, etc.).
  • Hose – Ensure that air hose is still securely attached to the vehicle. Re-tie any loose hose with zip ties. Inspect the hose for any chaffing or kinking.
  • Air springs – Make sure there is no evidence of rubbing on the air springs There should be at least a ½” of clearance around the air spring when inflated to approximately 60 PSI. Re-align the air spring if necessary (for LoadLifter 5000 and RideControl kits).
  • Compressors – If you have an air compressor installed, check the filter for debris and clean if necessary.

Spring Cleaning

Use a garden hose to clean off salt, dirt, gravel or any road debris that may have collected on the air springs, fittings, brackets, or valves.

Performing the simple maintenance tasks above can ensure the longest life and best results of your air springs. As always, refer to your installation manual for maintenance instructions specific to your application.

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