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Old 12-29-2014, 06:09 PM
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Something to be concerned about?

Hi folks!

So after almost 2 months with my ride, I thought washing it for the first time couldn't hurt..

When I was done, I looked at it from the rear and noticed that the right (passenger) side seemed to be lower than the other side.

I checked and it turned out I was right: The right side is about 2 cm lower. So far, I haven't noticed any pulling to a side or anything else that would bug me - it just looks a bit strange so I was curious what the reason is.

Tomorrow, I'll get it out of the garage and see how it looks in the front.

Could this have something to do with the air-suspension? Should I have the dealer check it? Anybody else experience something similar?

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Old 12-29-2014, 07:36 PM
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Re: Something to be concerned about?

If you were looking at it in your garage it may be due to the slope of the floor for drainage. Mine never looks level from the rear when it's parked in mine... even after the suspension does its final leveling.

About the only way you could tell would be to find as flat and level an area to park it on as you can. Shut it off and wait for the air suspension to do it's final leveling. This could take a few minutes after shutdown. Then go around and take your measurements.

If it's still off by that 2cm then I'd suggest talking to your dealer and have him check the suspension.
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Re: Something to be concerned about?

Thanks!

I don't fully trust the garage-floor, either.

I'll put it in the driveway tomorrow - at various locations - and check again after waiting a couple of minutes. I'll also compare the front sides.

The air-suspension is also constantly "in motion" - perhaps it just "forgot" to adjust once...
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In a level area you could also try raising it all the way up to off road II down to exit mode and then back to normal and see if that helps. some movement on the leveling sensors might wake em up a little,
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Re: Something to be concerned about?

Thats funny, because on Christmas i said the same thing to my wife as we were getting out at my parents place. i walked down the driveway and looked back and was certain one side seemed lower. passenger side.

My subaru does the same, i figure kind of something that happens as bushings wear and loads are uneven, or even if the struts resist settling.
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In a level area you could also try raising it all the way up to off road II down to exit mode and then back to normal and see if that helps. some movement on the leveling sensors might wake em up a little,
That's a good idea to try as well.
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Re: Something to be concerned about?

I would think that if there is a problem with the suspension you would get a message.
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I would think that if there is a problem with the suspension you would get a message.
That came to my mind as well..
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Re: Something to be concerned about?

Silvermax's idea is a good check, but to keep your weight out of it, close the door with it running and you standing outside with the driver's or passenger's window open (latter might be easier). Then reach in and cycle the suspension to OR1 and back to normal height after it finishes. Then, check the ride height. The suspension will compensate for your weight in the car and if you change the setting with you in it, the driver's side will appear high initially when you get out.

Another good way is to set "alignment mode" in the suspension setting on the radio. Do this with the door open. Then step out and close the door with the engine running--the suspension will move to aero mode as soon as the door closes. It also won't adjust any further while in that mode. Check your height at that point (this is probably best as ride height is supposed to be checked in alignment mode anyway).

Of course, all this should be done on as level of a surface as possible.
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Silvermax's idea is a good check, but to keep your weight out of it, close the door with it running and you standing outside with the driver's or passenger's window open (latter might be easier). Then reach in and cycle the suspension to OR1 and back to normal height after it finishes. Then, check the ride height. The suspension will compensate for your weight in the car and if you change the setting with you in it, the driver's side will appear high initially when you get out.

Another good way is to set "alignment mode" in the suspension setting on the radio. Do this with the door open. Then step out and close the door with the engine running--the suspension will move to aero mode as soon as the door closes. It also won't adjust any further while in that mode. Check your height at that point (this is probably best as ride height is supposed to be checked in alignment mode anyway).

Of course, all this should be done on as level of a surface as possible.
Peter, I agree with the majority of what you're saying here. However, I'm not sure if alignment mode puts it in aero. In any case, aero mode is a nose down setting and wouldn't be the best position to check level in if trying to check and compare all 4 corners.

If GCO noticed the issue in normal ride height (assuming he didn't have it in park mode in the garage) then wouldn't it be better to check it at that setting?
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