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Temporary fix for Airmatic suspension leak

 
Old 06-17-2012, 02:35 PM
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Smile Temporary fix for Airmatic suspension leak

To all that have a leaking suspension! The right side of my car was leaning for the past 2 years, and just yesterday I had an idea. Try some gorilla glue! Well while I was at home I applied to glue to the small cracks in the top of the strut, let it dry. Well let's just say my car is no longer leaning to the right. The gorilla glue was about 5 dollars.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:06 PM
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Pretty sweet and simple fix. Time will tell how long it lasts. Good tip though.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:17 AM
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Thanks! I will let everyone know if it starts to fail, basically how long it last......
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:33 AM
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Mine was a superglue fix Day 4 everything still great

airmatic superglue fix
I was almost convinced i had to replace both struts on my w220 s500 because everytime i went over a series of speed bumps or took a hard corner - i'd get the airmatic visit workshop[ warning followed later by "Stop car too low".

I usually tuned the engine off and restarted sometimes twice and the pump would kick in and we'd be off again.

We had alook at the top of the struts were the airline is connected and obbserved fine craks (which we initially thought were paint cracks. on closer inspection they turned out to be more than that. A former racing driver friend of mine (who sold me the car) syggested the superglue fix they used to use for odd problems. All we did was coat the top of the cracks withe the superglue and gently tested the car a day later with promising results. My mechanic put a thick coating of some resin over the top and after it cured raised the car of the ground with the hoist and lowered it back to the ground. Previously when we did this - all the air would escape from the struts and the tyres would almost touch the guard. Once started the pump would kick in and the car would be driveable. Anyway this time - hooray - this didn't happen and furthermore when i took it over the route that always caused the airmatic to fail - it passed beatifully. Also the pump was nowhere near as busy as it used to be.

Boy am I happy - the $4 superglue saved over $4000 - now all I have to do is find a replacement for my rhs mirror assembly because some of the led's have stopped working.

I post this because to thank the forum for showing me i was not alone.

Many thanks again and to the the "3ml tube of selleys quick fix supa glue"

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Old 09-09-2012, 08:54 AM
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how the hell do you run around for 2 years with a leaking strut?
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:55 PM
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the epoxy/superglue fix is well known

to test this,
spray the tops of your struts where the airmatic lines are coming out with soapy water when you first start the car...if you see bubbles forming you have cracks in the epoxy and should try the glue fix.
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I have a leak too on front passenger airmatic.
My car leaning on the side when it is parked but once i start it i can see it lift up a bit.
i will try the glue this week.
i ll keep you posted.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ajalonzo View Post
To all that have a leaking suspension! The right side of my car was leaning for the past 2 years, and just yesterday I had an idea. Try some gorilla glue! Well while I was at home I applied to glue to the small cracks in the top of the strut, let it dry. Well let's just say my car is no longer leaning to the right. The gorilla glue was about 5 dollars.
yes this was called the epoxy strut fix and works just fine
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There is also a original sparepart for sealing the Front Airmatic Struts. Hard to find, as the Dealer rather sells new struts. Partnumber A2203202538
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I cleand the top of the strut with alcohol and filled in the small cracks with super and baking soda 2 years agi. till this day still holding strong not 1 time did i re apply
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I cleand the top of the strut with alcohol and filled in the small cracks with super and baking soda 2 years agi. till this day still holding strong not 1 time did i re apply
What was/is the purpose of the baking soda?
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The super glue won't fill gaps. It only works when the gap is very small. Baking soda provides structure in which the glue dries, making a gap-filling combination.

Kind of like glass fiber in plastic resin...
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Super-glue combined with baking soda makes a pretty strong solid.
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You guys are demon!
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Are you guys talking about the front bags only cause I have the back end 1/2 of ground?
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Yes - the air leaks in the top of the struts are on the front struts. Rear strut leaks are almost invariably in the rubber/fabric rolling diaphragm.
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