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Video History-Suspension 1
Video History-Suspension 2
Video History-Suspension 3
Video History-Suspension 4
Video History-Suspension 5
Video History-Suspension 6
Video History-Suspension 7

Video Undercarriage 1
Video Undercarriage 2
Video Steering Wheel 1
Video Steering Wheel 2
Video Steering Lock
Video Steering
Video Safety Steering
Video Rack Pinion Steering
Video Steering Ratio 1
Video Steering Ratio 2
Video Steering Ratio 3
Video Ball Steering
Video Worm Roller Steering
Video Hydraulic Power Steer. 1
Video Hydraulic Power Steer. 2
Video Electr. Power Steer. 1
Video Electr. Power Steer. 2
Video Electr.-hydraulic Pump
Video Torque (power steer.)
Video Electr. Stab. Program
Video Finger Steering
Video One-piece Track Rod
Video Four Wheel Steering 1
Video Four Wheel Steering 2
Video Four Wheel Steering 3
Video Dry Joint
Video History
Video Suspension control 1
Video Wheel positions
Video Suspension
Video Spring systems
Video Electr. Air Suspension
Video Center of Gravity
Video Oblique/lateral drift angle
Video Elasto-kinematics
Video Elk Test
Video Wheel Bearing 1
Video Wheel Bearing 2
Video Wheel Bearing 3
Video Wheel Bearing 4
Video Ind. pulse sensor
Video Wheel sensor 2
Video Transversal Axis
Video Suspension Carrier
Video Below View
Video Adj. suspension
Video Stabilizer 1
Video Stabilizer 2
Video Double-wishbone 1
Video Double-wishbone 2
Video Double-wishbone 3
Video Air suspension truck
Video McPherson Strut 1
Video McPherson Strut 2
Video McPherson Strut 3
Video McPherson Strut 4
Video Trailing Arm
Video Twist-beam Rear Axle
Video Space Arms
Video Multilink Axle
Video Semi-trailing Arm Axle
Video Rear-wheel Drive
Video Electr. Stab. Program
Video ABS/ESP-Hydr. Unit
Video One-arm Swing. Fork
Video Formula-3 Racing Car
Video Pend. Wheel Suspen.
Video Torson Crank Suspen.
Video DeDion Axle 1
Video DeDion Axle 2
Video Rigid Axle 1
Video Rigid Axle 2
Video Rigid Axle 3
Video Rigid Axle 4
Video Rigid Axle 5
Video Self steering axle
Video Track rod joint
Video Springs
Video Coil Spring 1
Video Coil Spring 2
Video Coil Spring 3
Video Leaf Spring
Video Torsion Bar Spring
Video Rubber Suspension
Video Hydropn. Suspension
Video Air Suspension 1
Video Air Suspension 2
Video Shock Absorber 1
Video Shock Absorber 2
Video Shock Absorber 3
Video Shock Absorber 4
Video Shock Absorber 5
Video Single-tube Damper 1
Video Single Tube Damper 2
Video Double-tube Damper
Video Shock Absorber Piston
Video Friction Absorber
Video Tyres
Video Wheel Positions

Video Tyre Calculation
Video Inch -> mm
Video Slip
Video Axle Load Distrib.
Video Payload Distrib.
Video Roller Resistance 2

Video Wheel suspension 1
Video Wheel suspension 2
Video Wheels 1
Video Suspension 1
Video Suspension 2
Video Suspension 5
Video Steering 1
Video Steering 2


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Air Suspension


 

   





In its simplest form, it counteracts against an overloading of the boot (trunk). For this purpose it is integrated into the shock absorber or works as an additional air spring. Without a compressor, air must be pumped from outside and then be released again after unloading. Vice versa, the ground clearance can also be distinctly raised above the normal measure. In this case however, only a very low maximum speed is permissible. Recently, through the air suspension, even all-wheel-drive estate cars become 'almost-SUVs'.

The advantages of the air suspension sound tempting:
Whether loaded or unloaded, the greatest possible comfort while driving is offered. Loading surface- and lighting height remains constant. At higher speeds the car body is lowered for aerodynamic reasons. Although there are still (possibly electronic) shock absorbers, the suspension can also be influenced in fractions of a second. As soon as the sensors note a too strong build up of see-sawing, a portion of the elastic air is closed off by a valve, thus reducing the volume. These measures are also possible when swaying in curves, diving when braking and front-end rising during hard acceleration occurs.

Nowadays, there are sensors which recognise poor road surfaces. To react automatically in this situation, is a question of expense and the fact that the electronics are slowly reaching their decisive limits. It degenerates almost into paternalism if the vehicle, even after receiving the various parameters over and over again, reverts to a certain ground clearance height. Even the manual vertical adjustment is bound by certain speed limits. Modern top-of-the-range motor cars and off-road vehicles, use the air suspension not only for the increased suspension comfort, but also associate it with driving safety and variable ground clearance. The suspension is, independent of the driving speed, hardened step-by-step and the vehicle is lowered, whereby, the attainable maximum speed can also increase distinctly. 10/09






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