The Cadillac Escalade definitely has cachet in the large, pricey SUV category, but if you’re experiencing the air suspension problems that aren’t uncommon to this vehicle, you may be regretting your choice. Fortunately, there are important lemon laws in place, and an experienced lemon law attorney can help.
How Much Will It Cost to Fix the Suspension in my Cadillac Escalade?
Your SUV’s suspension refers to a system of parts that includes the springs, struts, shocks, and more. These parts work together as a shock absorber for your SUV – ensuring a smooth ride and increased stability. The cost of repair depends on the extent of the damage, on the parts involved, and on whether or not the entire system needs to be replaced. According to RepairPal, you can expect to pay from $1,077 to $1,600 for a suspension shock or strut replacement, which is a significant investment.
What Is the Most Common Problem with the Escalade’s Air Suspension?
Vigor Air Ride reports that, of the Cadillac Escalade air suspension problems, one of the most common is overall vibration that is accompanied by a bumpy ride. The bottom line is that the Escalade’s air suspension – and air suspensions generally – has a big job to do that it accomplishes via a complex network of sensors and intricate moving parts, and there is plenty of wiggle room for things to go wrong. When you also factor in that the Escalade can weigh upwards of 5,500 pounds – which is not to mention load capacity – there’s a lot going on. While the air suspension system affords a comfortable ride – befitting of a luxury SUV – its finely tuned complexity leaves it more prone to issues that are closely associated with bumpy rides. Because no one buys an Escalade to ride like a heavy-duty truck that’s designed for hauling massive loads, this fact can be problematic.
How Do I Know if My Air Ride Suspension is Bad?
In addition to riding rough, there are a range of signs that your Escalade’s suspension may not be operating at the top of its game. Generally, paying attention to how your luxury SUV should be performing and taking special notice when it fails to do so is the best approach.
Your Escalade Affords You a Smooth, Quiet Ride
If your Escalade isn’t hitting the mark of a smooth, quiet ride, it’s very likely because there’s a problem with the air suspension. If your Caddy isn’t giving you a sweet ride that’s free of bumps and vibrations, you have an issue.
Your Escalade Adjusts Its Ride Height Easily
If your Escalade engages in frequent raising and lowering – rather than a smooth transition that uses effective air leveling to seamlessly adapt to the road and the weight you’re carrying – it can spell trouble. When your air ride suspension works too hard, overheating becomes a concern.
Your Escalade Rounds Corners at Speed without Effort
If your Escalade has no trouble taking corners at higher speeds, it’s a good sign that your air ride suspension is in good shape. The same is true of how your SUV handles bumpy roads. The goal is soft, superior handling through corners and over serious bumps. If this doesn’t sound like your Escalade, it’s likely because your air ride suspension has issues.
The Most Common Causes of Air Ride Suspension Problems
Now that you know exactly how your Escalade should be performing, it’s a good idea to know what’s likely causing any problems that you are experiencing. Consider the following:
- Moisture in the air suspension system or moisture damage to the air suspension system can lead to problems with the airbags, which can translate to issues with the air suspension system itself.
- An air leak in the compressor, which is integral to the air suspension system, can lead to serious malfunction.
- A blown fuse can derail your SUV’s entire air ride suspension system.
- Faulty O-rings are closely associated with air leaks. As the ring loses tautness, the air spring loosens, and leakage is nearly inevitable.
- A suspension compressor that won’t turn on correctly or that doesn’t work at all is generally indicative of a problem with the air ride suspension.
How Your State’s Lemon Law Applies
While lemon laws vary across states, the basic principles are generally consistent. For example, dealers are allowed a reasonable number of attempts to repair any nonconformity, such as an air compression problem, before lemon laws apply, and the minimum number of attempts in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey is generally three.
Further, there are time limitations and mileage restraints – whichever one comes first – that apply. Consider the following:
- New York allows 24 months or 18,000 miles to bring a lemon law case.
- Pennsylvania allows only 12 months or 12,000 miles to bring a lemon law case.
- New Jersey allows 24 months or a generous 24,000 miles to bring a lemon law case.
Additionally, both New York and Pennsylvania trigger lemon law claims after the vehicle spends a total of at least 30 days in the shop – whether it’s for the same issue or for any number of different issues – over the course of the time or mileage allotment, whichever comes first. New Jersey, on the other hand, only requires a total of 20 days in the shop over its time and mileage allotment to support a lemon law case.
Make the Call to an Experienced Lemon Law Attorney Today
The formidable lemon law attorneys at Robison Lemon Law Group – proudly serving New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey – recognize the important role that your vehicle plays in your life, and we are committed to zealously protecting your related rights with no cost to you. Lemon laws ensure a fee-shift provision that requires the car manufacturer to pay legal fees for cases that prevail – and if your case isn’t successful, you won’t owe anything. Learn more by contacting or calling us at 844-386-0831 to schedule your free, no-obligation evaluation today.