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Primary Components of a Sprinter Van’s Suspension System

A sprinter van is one of the most versatile vehicle options in today’s world. The van can be outfitted as a work van, limousine, mobile office or passenger van among other applications. Because of the van’s chassis’ versatility, most people are concerned about its suspension system. They are continually looking for solutions to fine-tune their vans’ suspension systems to reduce sway, side to side wobbling, sagging and bounce.

When buying a used Mercedes Sprinter from a Salt Lake City-based dealer, there are a few key components you should evaluate in its suspension system. These are the primary parts which determine the efficacy of the suspension system in handling the applications you have in mind. The following are the four key suspension system components that should influence your choice of a sprinter van.


Once you hit a bump or pothole and the van moves back downwards, it compresses your suspension system’s spring then bounces back up. The bouncing is known as a rebound. Excessive rebound will be uncomfortable for the passengers seated at the back of your van and disrupt the arrangement of the packages you are carrying. If you have no springs, on the other hand, your van will be jarred by even the tiniest bumps. To guarantee optimal performance, pick rear and front springs which have moderate rebound.

Shocks and Struts

The term ‘shock’ generally refers to the suspension system’s shock absorbers. Struts and shocks in a sprinter van are meant to reduce the springs’ oscillation and movement and absorb shock. The rear side of a sprinter van contains a basic shock absorber which is attached to a frame on its top and welded to an axle tube at the bottom. The struts are found on the van’s front and attach to the van’s body. They are generally meant for structural support.

Sway Bars

Auto mechanic repairing the carThese are designed to reduce your van’s body lean or roll when you maneuver sharp corner or drive along irregular roads. They are also called anti-roll, stabilizer or anti-sway bars. Front sway bars are manufacturer-fitted and getting aftermarket ones is a challenge. If your used van does not have a rear sway bar, you can consider getting aftermarket bars.

Bump Stops

This is your suspension system’s last line of defense. It comes in handy when your suspension system bottoms out after hitting a bump too hard. The bump stop in this instance will avert metal on metal contact. Moreover, the bump stop works with your manufacturer-fitted front leaf spring to increase your van’s spring and make it more responsive to your steering.

Most people steer clear of used sprinter vans since they assume they will have to contend with costly repairs and installations. A Mercedes Sprinter van is however among the strongest ones available. With the above suspension system components in tip-top shape, you can guarantee that the van will be in perfect condition. There are however times when your dealer will recommend changing the suspension on the van to suit your needs. Fortunately, the replacements are not too expensive and will significantly extend the life of your van. Furthermore, they will boost your driving experience.

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