Clown car ride home yesterday.....

Miss MaryMiss Mary Senior MemberPosts: 659 Senior Member
Had to have a gastroscope yesterday and on our way to the hospital and back we had a virtual "clown car" ride. The air suspension decided no more comfortable ride as it wouldn't inflate and we bounced our way there and back....Grrrrr Poor Mr. Jerry is now stuck with trying to get it fixed SOON as it is just miserable to go anywhere like it is. (I have every confidence he will but oh my what a jarring ride we had!) :vomit:

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,980 Senior Member
    Hey, I thought an Air Ride was supposed to be comfortable, I see signs all over semis saying "Equipped With Air Ride..." :jester:

    I'm sure Teach will make it right again soon. Why does stuff like that happen when you least are in the mood for it like after a medical procedure?
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I've volunteered to get trucks back to the barn with empty air bags. No fun.

    Had one pop near my ear well hooking up to a trailer once too. How many times can you say what? in a day :jester:
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,257 Senior Member
    Parts ordered- - - -the air ride is getting the old heave-ho and coil springs are going back in their place, along with a new set of shocks. I guess GM didn't learn their lesson very well in 1957 when air ride was an option- - - -I remember the family shop doing a LOT of spring conversions on Buicks, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles back then. At least it's only on the rear of Mary's car!
    Jerry
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,257 Senior Member
    Do it yourself conversion to springs- - - - - -$150.00 parts- - - -no labor cost! (And it's just slightly more challenging than changing a tire) Like Willie says, "On the road again!"
    :driving:
    Jerry
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,087 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Parts ordered- - - -the air ride is getting the old heave-ho and coil springs are going back in their place, along with a new set of shocks. I guess GM didn't learn their lesson very well in 1957 when air ride was an option- - - -I remember the family shop doing a LOT of spring conversions on Buicks, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles back then. At least it's only on the rear of Mary's car!
    Jerry

    Good move. I've never heard anything good about anybody's air ride system, particularly 300 SEL Mercedes-Benzes.

    What kind of car is this?
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,802 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    Good move. I've never heard anything good about anybody's air ride system, particularly 300 SEL Mercedes-Benzes.

    What kind of car is this?

    The only Air Ride I ever had that was worth a flying flip was courtesy of Boeing.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,257 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    What kind of car is this?

    05 Buick Rainier- - - -sort of a blinged-up Chevy Tahoe. GM did the same thing with the Suburban and called it an "H2 Hummer".
    Jerry
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,802 Senior Member
    Also, my dad bought his first air conditioned car in 1962, a Pontiac. That thing rode like it was on a cloud, smoothest riding car I've ever rode in before or since. But it cornered like the body was hooked to the frame with rubber bands. It wasn't a sports car but it was a very smooth ride.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,257 Senior Member
    Back when Popular Mechanics magazine was doing road tests of new cars, Tom McCahill commented that one car he drove "corners like a rhinosceros on a wet clay bank!". The manufacturer was not impressed with his opinion!
    Jerry
    Hide and wail in terror, Eloi- - - -We Morlocks are on the hunt!
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,802 Senior Member
    Miss Mary wrote: »
    Had to have a gastroscope yesterday and on our way to the hospital and back we had a virtual "clown car" ride. The air suspension decided no more comfortable ride as it wouldn't inflate and we bounced our way there and back....Grrrrr Poor Mr. Jerry is now stuck with trying to get it fixed SOON as it is just miserable to go anywhere like it is. (I have every confidence he will but oh my what a jarring ride we had!) :vomit:

    When I first saw this, I thought you all made the wrong turn and got into the middle of a bunch of Shriners (Clown Cars) in a parade somewhere.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,457 Senior Member
    Had it been leaking down overnight? Once it starts, only a matter of time before the pump burns up.

    I never owned one. My brother had a Toranado and a '88 with it.
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  • Miss MaryMiss Mary Senior Member Posts: 659 Senior Member
    The parts are in! Hip hip hooray! Now if Mr. Jerry can beat the rain today we might have a decent riding car again....that thing would nearly lead to dental work the way it is, jarred your teeth for sure!

    Everyone cross you fingers the rain holds off long enough for this to be a done deal! :applause:
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,087 Senior Member
    Miss Mary wrote: »
    Everyone cross you fingers the rain holds off long enough for this to be a done deal! :applause:

    The rain will hold off until about the last 10 scheduled minutes of the job. Then it will pour and it will take 45 minutes to finish! Ask me how I know this...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

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  • MississippiBoyMississippiBoy Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    Good move. I've never heard anything good about anybody's air ride system, particularly 300 SEL Mercedes-Benzes.

    What kind of car is this?

    The new ones with air suspension aren't much, if any, better. I stock at least 8-10 different AirMatic struts for different vehicles. One in particular I keep about 6 in stock.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,087 Senior Member
    The new ones with air suspension aren't much, if any, better. I stock at least 8-10 different AirMatic struts for different vehicles. One in particular I keep about 6 in stock.

    {Insert rant about over-thought automotive technology here}
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,257 Senior Member
    All fixee!- - - - -$210.00 parts and labor, with brand new springs and shocks, and all I had to do was make one bouncy ride to my buddy's shop! He's got a young sprout who does the grunt work, and I can guarantee the air bags will never fail again! People who pay dealer prices for half-donkey work are idiots!
    Jerry
    Hide and wail in terror, Eloi- - - -We Morlocks are on the hunt!
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,759 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    All fixee!- - - - -$210.00 parts and labor, with brand new springs and shocks, and all I had to do was make one bouncy ride to my buddy's shop! He's got a young sprout who does the grunt work, and I can guarantee the air bags will never fail again! People who pay dealer prices for half-donkey work are idiots!
    Jerry

    Cool beans! Miss Mary got a ride that won't jar her teeth out, and the young sprout at the shop got some experience! Sounds like a win-win to me. :up:

    Hey Jerry, remember back in the '60s when those air bags for coil springs came into vogue? I remember a friend that bought them to jack up the rear end of his car. One of the air bags blew out while we were escorting a couple of young ladies to the drive-in theater. Scared all of us pretty bad until we pulled over and figured out what 'blew up' under the car. It cleaned out the dirt and mud under the car pretty good. :rotflmao:
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,257 Senior Member
    That's about the time super-wide "cheater slicks" got popular, and guys used air shocks to keep the fender lips from cutting divots in the tires. One of my buddies chose the cheap way out- - - -jacked up the rear end of the car and put a couple of muffler clamps around the shock absorbers! It worked for about a week, then the clamps slipped and he grooved both rear tires at the first speed bump he hit!
    Jerry
    Hide and wail in terror, Eloi- - - -We Morlocks are on the hunt!
    ASK-HOLE Someone who asks for advice and always does something opposite
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,759 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    That's about the time super-wide "cheater slicks" got popular, and guys used air shocks to keep the fender lips from cutting divots in the tires. One of my buddies chose the cheap way out- - - -jacked up the rear end of the car and put a couple of muffler clamps around the shock absorbers! It worked for about a week, then the clamps slipped and he grooved both rear tires at the first speed bump he hit!
    Jerry

    :rotflmao::spittingcoffee: Another way to lift the rear end was those weird looking twist-in knuckle things for coil springs. They had a bad tendency to fall out when the tire hit a pothole at speed. I remember quite a few cars sitting less than level because of that quirk.
    Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.


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