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    Riding rough

    Hello,
    I just recently purchased a 2008 Escalade ESV Platinum edition with less than 30,000 miles on it. I have only driven it about 185 miles and it rides rough. I can feel every bump pr hump or imperfection in the road. Not exactly what I was expecting.

    Any one have any thoughts on what it might be?

    Is it possible it was lowered and then put back to factory?

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    Re: Riding rough

    Could be lowered, does it have aftermarket wheels and tires? Is there much gap between the wheels and the fenders or the rear end sagging?

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    Re: Riding rough

    No it has factory wheels and rims. And what I believe to be normal gap between the tires and fenders.

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    Re: Riding rough

    How much air are you running in the tires

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    Re: Riding rough

    38-39

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    Re: Riding rough

    Quote Originally Posted by jlt1699 View Post
    Hello,
    I just recently purchased a 2008 Escalade ESV Platinum edition with less than 30,000 miles on it. I have only driven it about 185 miles and it rides rough. I can feel every bump pr hump or imperfection in the road. Not exactly what I was expecting.

    Any one have any thoughts on what it might be?

    Is it possible it was lowered and then put back to factory?
    Hello jlt1699,

    Congrats on your recent Escalade purchase! I am unable to offer any advice because I am not a certified technician, however I would like to further discuss these concerns with you and see if we can work with the dealership. If you please private message me with your contact information and VIN with current mileage I am more than happy to assist you.

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    Re: Riding rough

    Check your tires cold at 35/36, if you are at 38/39 cold they will be running in the low to mid 40's when they get hot, it will give you a very rough ride. Check your shock for leakage too

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    Re: Riding rough

    I had a 2009 Buick Enclave traded it in on a 2010 Escalade the caddy rides just like my 2012 Gmc 1/2 ton pick-up the Buick rode great compared to the Escalade

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    Re: Riding rough

    Sorry to hijack the thread but what is recommended for 18's stock rims & tires

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    Re: Riding rough

    That happened to me about a year ago on a 2009. One of my front shocks had frozen up and the other front shock was leaking. I had to replace them both and had a front end alignment.
    Now I think my back ones need to be looked at because it is riding rough again.

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    A question guys. Assuming there is issue on the shock Absorber , freezes or leakage or whatever , shouldn't we get warning or any error message on the driver instrument panel ? Like check engine. Because I feel the same thing on my 09 escalade , sometimes. Feel it's rough , good idea to check the air pressure

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    Re: Riding rough

    You may get a service suspension system message but usually anything to do with the front struts doesn't appear as a warning message.

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    Re: Riding rough

    I was told I needed my right front strut replaced.
    Just saw where someone posted that Escalades don't have struts????

    Would 1 strut make the whole car ride bad?

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    Re: Riding rough

    Could someone show me these struts? All full size GM trucks have SHOCKS, if your dealership thinks these trucks have struts, or call them struts, then go find another dealership because they probably are not fit to repair your truck correctly. Seriously.

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    Re: Riding rough

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvone View Post
    Could someone show me these struts? All full size GM trucks have SHOCKS, if your dealership thinks these trucks have struts, or call them struts, then go find another dealership because they probably are not fit to repair your truck correctly. Seriously.
    the front is technically a strut but GM somehow calls them a shock which is a pain because majorguard gm warranty will replace it for free if it was a strut. But since GM calls it a shock, they cannot cover it. How convenient!

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