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Car drivers are most likely to know what an air suspension system is. Also, they may have heard about air compressors in this system. As is known, an air compressor is one of the key elements of an air ride suspension system. Without it, the entire system won’t function well. If you don’t know much about air suspension and compressors, this article will answer some of the questions you may have encountered.

Why is an air compressor important?

The Vigorairride Air compressor is the part that gives pressurized air to the suspension system. In other words, where there is no compressor, the airbag suspension system fails to work. Air compressors inflate air into the system and have it stored in another component called an air tank. The saved compressed air then will be used to support the vehicle and adjust the height. After all, the core idea of a suspension system is for a comfortable ride. But only with an air ride compressor can this be achieved. 

why is air compressor important

What is an air compressor used for? (in an airbag suspension system)

The goal of an air compressor service is to prevent damage to the suspension system. If the compression is not correctly adjusted then it can result in front or rear end problems. In addition to causing the front and rear ends to have different problems, it can also cause dangerous road accidents. 

Common problems in an air ride suspension compressor

Some problems may happen to your air compressors. 

Air compressor relay is not working

A low-level control compressor motor relay typically fails with tripped fuses or a burned-out fuse. You may not even know it is a failure until you check your carburetor pressure. Low-level control compressor motor relays, typically have both positive and negative terminals, typically on the same wire. If the code indicates a failure the wires will either have burnt out or will have low amperage to ground. The wires go black from the burnt-out fuse because the code indicates a power overload.

A failing compressor valve

Another very common cause for failed solenoids is a defective air suspension compressor valve. This is one of the easiest to diagnose problems with. You can remove the air suspension compressor valve from the motorcycle and use a voltmeter to check the open and close voltage of the solenoid. The resistance of the current will indicate the condition of the solenoid. If the code indicates a failure, the valve will either not open or will not close properly. To test the solenoid again you can reconnect the air suspension solenoid valve to its terminal.

Back air shock symptoms

Other symptoms that suggest the presence of a back air shock are a noticeable lack of air pressure, or if the bike has suddenly “gone off.” Testing the rear air shocks can be done with an air pressure sensor circuit malfunction tester. This test is usually performed while the motorcycle is still running but you can also perform it while the bike is parked. Simply put the front forks up on stilts and ride the bike forward until the rear shock absorbers jump, then release the bike. If the code indicates a code indicating back air shock then the bike was in an accident and you should not make any further repairs. 

Vent leaking: to be repaired or to be replaced? 

The air line should be visually inspected by a mechanic prior to the installation of a new airline. To determine the cause of a vent leak a visual inspection will not reveal the exact source of the leak, but it will point in the right direction. A mechanic can then use a hose to locate the exact source of the leak and make the necessary repair or replacement. In some cases, the problem may be located inside the mounting points for the shocks, in which case the mechanic will need to install external mounts instead.

How to replace air compressors? 

One of the most confusing issues when it comes to air springs and air compressors is how to replace them. Most people think that replacing an air spring is as easy as changing the tire, but in fact, the process is more complicated. Air springs are mounted to the air bed of your motorcycle by a series of metal wires. These wires themselves are made of three parts – an innerspring, a sleeve that fits over the spring, and a nut that attaches the spring to the mounting surface. To change your air springs you must remove these three components. Inside the spring there is a brass sleeve and two screws.

how to replace an air compressor

Are air compressors expensive?

That depends. If you buy an aftermarket component and replace it yourself, you’d save a lot.

Air suspension compressors are very common but sometimes can be very expensive. If the air suspension compressor system is the problem your motorcycle may need to be repaired or replaced. Sometimes it can be just a simple $5 loose relay that can keep the air suspension compressor from working properly. The air mounts leaking is also a fairly common problem. They eventually develop a leak in the air strut at the top of your motorcycle’s rear wheel.

Seek professional support

If you do experience problems with your air suspension then you need to get the rear shocks and compressors inspected by a professional shop as soon as possible. An inspection of the suspension system is normally completed during the yearly Service and Change of Motorcycle inspection. If you don’t have a service book for your motorcycle then you can take the manual that came with your bike to a local shop and have them complete this inspection. 

The inspection process includes checking for oil leaks, replacing any worn-out parts, and visually inspecting the suspension. If you have any visual inspection problems then you need your bike to be thoroughly inspected by a mechanic before making any changes.

Final tip: check airlines carefully before buying a compressor

It is very important to have your airline inspected when purchasing a new air compressor. If you don’t have a manual to help you, then you should contact a reputable airlines company that can advise you on how to properly adjust your airline.