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Making the Cut with the Proper Car Height

As I was driving down the street this morning I caught sight of a car that had some serious sagging issues. Next to it was another car that had purposely lowered their car so it could be a “cool low-rider”. Both of these cars needed some serious improvements with their car height.

Sometimes adjustments in height of the car can be done purposely, and sometimes it is a gradual process due to sagging springs. When you have issues with the height of your car you can eventually have issues with the rest of the car. This may surprise a lot of people, but it is true.

Manufacturers design their suspension control arms to work at a specific height. When the height is different, then the suspension arms aren’t operating at their normal range. When the car height is lower than that original height then the arms are forced to work at a different range level, which can effect your steering and other parts of your car and make it necessary to take the car in for some Utah auto repair work.
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Ride height also affects other cars. When your ride is too high or too low the headlights are not at the same level as the other cars. When your car is higher than other vehicles you can easily blind oncoming vehicles, or if it is too low then other drivers won’t see you as easily.

If you didn’t intentionally change your car height there are some ways to measure to see if you have any sagging springs or something that is making your car naturally lower. There are specific places on your car where you want to look at for. You can usually find what the correct measurements should be from your car manual, but you can also compare measurements of the front of the car to the back of the car to see if there are any differences.

At the front of the car you would want to measure a specified part of the bumper to the ground. This should meet a certain height, depending on the vehicle. You should also do the same for the back of the car.

Another part to measure is where the wheel fenders are. Find the fender tip and measure from the ground up to the fender tip and see what that height is. You will do this for all four wheels of your vehicle.

Finally, you want to check out the middle of your car to see what its height is. Measure from the rocker sill to the ground to see what the height level is here too. If there are differences in height level and your car is constantly having issues with bottoming out or nose diving while you are breaking, it is a good indicator that you need Utah auto repair work done. Utah auto repair mechanics should easily be able to repair any weak or sagging springs that may be affecting your car.

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16 Sep, 2010

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