: Magnetic ride suspension problem



caddooo44
11-27-12, 09:50 AM
Hey guys , I was wondering is it possible to change from the original magnetic ride suspension struts to an aftermarket regular strut. Only reason Im asking is that these things are riduculously expensive to replace. Any help would be appreciated.

truckinman
11-27-12, 10:27 AM
Most are gonna say "you shouldn't have bought a Cadillac if repairs are to much". Me? I say do what you gotta do.

I'd think you could do it. Only issue I see is the light for a faulty mag ride may stay on bc you wont have a place to plug it back in on the new strut

Ludacrisvp
11-27-12, 10:44 AM
without it you will see Speed Limited to 80MPH, possibly lower. The car will refuse to exceed that speed.

truckinman
11-27-12, 11:40 AM
Sometimes technology is a bigger PITA than it's worth lol

Ludacrisvp
11-27-12, 12:42 PM
However I will admit that when i unplugged the shock from the car it triggered the speed limited to 80 mph message.
When I unplugged the module from the shock and left it plugged into the car I saw no message (other than my current 120 mph message that is bugging me).
It is likely that this state wouldn't last and the system would figure it out sooner rather than later.

curtc
11-27-12, 01:03 PM
I have heard from earlier Seville owners with the F45 suspension that a simple resistor could be used to trick the system into thinking it's connected still, not sure if that works with F55 though.

EChas3
11-28-12, 08:49 PM
Another forum member claimed this wouldn't work with our cars but I'm unconvinced there isn't some trick to be found.

Ludacrisvp
11-28-12, 09:05 PM
I guess just do some testing front shocks are easy to get access to. Pop off the connector and take your chances.
Like I mentioned earlier I left the module plugged into the car but not attached to the shock and it didn't throw a code, but I also didn't drive it like that.

1SGLAC
12-04-12, 02:58 AM
Cost at the dealer? each shock with labor?

curtc
12-04-12, 01:12 PM
Cost at the dealer? each shock with labor?

$1,000 I bet for one MRC shock with labor, or close to it at a dealer.

Ludacrisvp
12-04-12, 01:30 PM
Cost at the dealer? each shock with labor?

Replaced right front MRC on AWD 2008.
Part $559.96 #19150444
Labor $298.00
Plus alignment ($74.00) in my case.
So yup just shy of $1k and it will be partly dependent on dealer labor cost.

1SGLAC
12-05-12, 10:50 AM
Those prices are crazy even to read. Next stop ,junk yards. Doesnt hurt to try and find a shock or two. Ive had pretty good luck in the junk yards in miami ( found a dash and 18" rims).

Ludacrisvp
12-05-12, 01:27 PM
The price of exclusivity.

curtc
12-05-12, 02:23 PM
The price of exclusivity.

Cadillac tax baby!

B1n2fra
12-06-12, 06:15 PM
I tried salvage yards for these struts. Can't find them, only the standard struts.

Angus Young
12-06-12, 07:23 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/380335592611?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

curtc
12-06-12, 11:48 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/380335592611?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

And turn my finely tuned STS into a bonafide Caprice? No way...can't imagine this beast on passive suspension flying around a banked corner at 75...

Gotta pay to play with an STS, don't like the maintenance costs? Sell it.

Ludacrisvp
12-07-12, 08:48 AM
Gotta pay to play with an STS, don't like the maintenance costs? Sell it.

Pretty much.

Angus Young
12-07-12, 11:33 AM
And turn my finely tuned STS into a bonafide Caprice? No way...can't imagine this beast on passive suspension flying around a banked corner at 75...

Gotta pay to play with an STS, don't like the maintenance costs? Sell it.

I have 2 STS, once you hit 110K and all 4 are leaking we'll see just how fast you'll be banking around corners until you cough up the cash to replace your precious MRC, by then you will have spent so much on other repairs, bring money my friend the STS is thirsty

curtc
12-07-12, 12:28 PM
I have 2 STS, once you hit 110K and all 4 are leaking we'll see just how fast you'll be banking around corners until you cough up the cash to replace your precious MRC, by then you will have spent so much on other repairs, bring money my friend the STS is thirsty

This is my 4th Cadillac, believe me, I know all about expensive repairs...I also purchased an extended warranty on the STS that runs through 110k so that will be on my list of items to look at before it expires....

But I will NEVER convert to a passive system, no way.

BTW, I got the car with 71k, currently has 89k...so far I've done a starter (warranty), diff seals (warranty), and a motor mount (out of pocket)...that's it, car is cherry and runs/drives like a dream....don't expect it to self destruct in the next 20k.

Onalaska
04-17-13, 08:37 PM
Changed engine oil this weekend and while it was up on the rack I noticed oil from the right front MRC shock all the way down to the lower control arm. No codes. Drove it over some speed bumps and it still feels properly damped, but it looks like I am going to be out two grand in the near future to replace both front shocks. I'll do the replacement myself so at least I save that cost. STS is just at 100,000 miles

Ludacrisvp
04-17-13, 08:40 PM
The mrc shocks are only about $550 each. Rippy will likely be a bit cheaper.

turnne
04-22-13, 09:32 AM
Pretty much.

thats what I did when I had my 02 STS

the suspension would have cost as much as the car was worth

So..I traded it in with 128K and got $4K...BEFORE the suspension got a chance to go south

In no way could I justify putting $4K in car that is only going to be worth $4K


Warren