In the modern world, daily life is unimaginable without an automobile. Owning a car is so comfortable and enjoyable. If you don’t own an automobile, you might plan to get it. In both cases, if you wish to be a Mercedes car-owner, you should have some knowledge about its suspension system. I’m sure while choosing a car you would check its technical details, besides the look. Learning all the vehicle parts can be a boring and time-consuming process, but the suspension is the exception! This is the main part of an automobile that determines comfortable rides. For that reason, I’ve prepared short and useful information that helps you to learn all the needed details about the Mercedes air suspension, how it works, what distinguishes it from other systems, what determines its reliability, and how to adjust the height of an automobile in seconds.

Mercedes air suspension – all about airmatic system

As discussing vehicle parts can be boring, I’ll try to describe it in simple words. So, before moving into details of the Mercedes Airlift Suspension, let’s define what is the suspension itself. The suspension is a system of springs, tires, shock absorbers, tire air, and linkages that combines an automobile with its wheels. An automobile might have differently designed suspensions for rear and front parts. Suspensions can be divided into three types (Dependent, Independent, and Semi-dependent) depending on the movement of a wheel while in a motion. It determines how successfully the car can pass the challenge, no matter the road surface. Hence, suspension is a part that is responsible for our comfortable rides.

The earliest form of suspension was used for carriages. As a result of the long development, we have got three different systems: Hydro-gas; Hydrolastic; and airmatic suspension. Each of them has its’ own specification and differs from each other. 

The main specification that distinguishes the airmatic system from others is that it uses air and shock absorbers as a working fluid. It isolates the vehicle’s body from the vibration derived from the road inconsistency. In airlift suspension, air springs are located on the front and rear axles, and it works with the following sequence. Firstly, incoming air passes through the filter, where the dust is filtered. After this, the air passes into the compressor. Here, the air pressure increases up to about 250 MPa from the atmospheric pressure and is sustained in the accumulator tank. The accumulator tank opens when the air pressure increases above 250 MPa. 

The longevity of the air suspension system

The other thing that you should know about the Mercedes air suspension, is a longevity issue. In other words, the lifespan of a system determines its reliability. Good news! You won’t have to change the front air springs at least for 10-15 years, and the rears last much longer.

The only downside of the system is that replacement might cost more than a thousand dollars. 

Models of the Mercedes air suspension 

Did you know that the first car that worked on a pneumatic suspension appeared in 1957? It was a Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. Since that time, many manufacturers started releasing automobiles with air suspension, due to the reliability and comfort. The first Mercedes airmatic car was released in 2000s. The first model was W220 from S-class, which worked with the pneumatic suspension and Adaptive Damping System (ADS).

Nonetheless, the system offers the most comfortable ride, not every model has the Mercedes air matic suspension system. Here is the list of models that have an airlift suspension system. 

  • GLE Coupe 
  • CLS Coupe 
  • S-Class 
  • GLS SUV 
  • S-Class Maybach 

If you own a car from the above-mentioned list or plan to buy one of them, you can be sure that comfortable rides are ahead. Besides knowing the model names, there is another way to check whether the car has the Mercedes Pneumatic suspension or not. If you see a black “bladder” from the front axle, then it’s airmatic. But in case you see steel springs there, then your car isn’t equipped with the pneumatic suspension system.

How to adjust the Mercedes air suspension level? 

As agreed at the beginning, you would explore how to change an automobile level in seconds. Nonetheless changing vehicle level might be associated with a boring, long process, the Mercedes Air ride suspension lowering tool will change your mind. The tool is designed specifically for the Mercedes airmatic system and works via OBD II diagnostic port. By using the tool, you can set your vehicle at a desired level in seconds!

How to use it

For using the tool, you don’t have to cut wires. No experience or knowledge of a vehicle needed. You should simply plug in the module at diagnosis and that’s it! You are ready to choose desired height from three modes, Low, Custom, and Factory. 

  1. Low – The Low option gives you the possibility to lower your car with -32mm in the front and rear parts.
  2. Custom – By selecting this feature you can select preferable height upon your wish for the front and rear parts separately (Min -70mm; Max +40mm;)
  3. Factory – By choosing the mode, car level goes back to factory settings;

The other thing which I admire about this device is that you can set an automobile level at the factory height at any time. So, if you change your mind, you can always change it upon your wish. 

Mercedes air suspension in details

Why to use the Mercedes Air suspension kit

As you already know, by using the Mercedes lowering tool, you can easily change a vehicle level. But do you know what other benefits can give you the device? By changing an automobile’s height, you change its look automatically. Changing the look, either by raising or lowering the height can give you other advantages as well. For instance, by raising the height of a car, you won’t have to rent an SUV for your vacation in mountainous areas. You can simply increase the height of your car and that’s it, you can enjoy ride nonetheless of the road surface. 

By lowering a vehicle, you get a less rollover risk. It’s a well-known fact that lowered suspension decreases the center of gravity and we get less rollover risk while cornering. Also, being closer to the ground increases responsiveness and you get a faster acceleration and quick stops. The device is unchangeable for a person with a disability, a lowered car makes it much easier to enter and exit. 

The list of advantages is much longer than I’ve mentioned above. I’m sure you will find them and share your feedback after testing it on your vehicle. 

Takeaway

To conclude, we’ve covered all the needed information about the Mercedes Air ride kit. Now you know what makes it outstanding and reliable, how it works, which models have the system. Besides, we’ve explored an amazing tool, the Mercedes lowering device, that helps you to change vehicle level upon your wish, in seconds! After reading all the above-mentioned, I’m sure you already have a broad knowledge about the airmatic system and can’t wait to test the tool on your car.

Do you plan to buy a Mercedes W211, or do you already own the model? No matter, in both cases you should know details about the vehicles’ main part – suspension. You might wonder why I consider it as the most important, but since the detail determines our comfortable rides, I guess it deserves our attention. Below I’ll share with you detailed information about suspension developments, their types and you will better understand why a pneumatic system is outstanding. 

It’s notable that one certain model might have the pneumatic suspension, and the other one doesn’t… Do you know whether you own a W211 airmatic or not? Below you can find a list of automobile models that work on the system. Also, I’ll explain how to check if your “best buddy” works on a pneumatic system. Besides, I’ll introduce you to an amazing device that helps you to adjust automobile level in seconds! Does it sound exciting? Let’s start exploring.

W211 airmatic suspension development

I guess you have researched before getting an automobile. Purchasing a car is not just exciting, but also a time-consuming process. You have to find the model that meets the best on your requirements, budget, hobby, location, etc. I’d say that by choosing a W211 air suspension you’ve made a good decision, especially since it works with the air system. Did you know that Mercedes has started manufacturing models with airmatic suspension since the 2000s? 

Another interesting fact about the model is that Mercedes has manufactured it with two different types of air suspension, the standard four corner Airmatic, and the rear air leveling. To find out which airlift suspension model your automobile has, check the shifter console for a button that you can use to manually raise your vehicle’s height. That feature is available only in the four corner Airmatic models.

After reviewing details about the suspension, you’ll better understand why riding is so comfortable with the pneumatic system. So, let’s review how we’ve got the modern airlift suspension. In simple words, the suspension is a system of springs, tires, shock absorbers, tire air, and linkages that combines a vehicle to its wheels. It is the main part of the car which determines the comfort of your ride. It protects any cargo and vehicle itself from damage and wear. The earliest form of suspension was used for carriages in the 18th century and since then continued development over the years and centuries. As a result of the long development, we have got three different systems: Hydro-gas; Hydrolastic; and an Airmatic. Each of them has its’ own specification and differs from each other. In order to better understand the advantage of an air suspension, let’s review all three systems. 

What you need to know about W211 airmatic

Three types of suspension systems 

  1. Hydrolastic – In this system, the liquid functions as a damping medium under high-pressure, and shifting rubber works as a spring. The liquid’s movement is determined by two valves, which are located at right angles to one another. The upper valve is opened upon liquids’ pressure increase. And the lower valve opening the same way, allows the liquid to flow downwards. 
  2. Hydrogas – There are two main parts in the system: a damper unit and an internal spring. They are located at each wheel. The feature was created for amending the previous hydrolastic system in England. 
  3. Airmatic – The system works with the following sequence. Firstly, incoming air passes through the filter, where the dust is filtered. After this, the air passes into the compressor. Here, the air pressure increases up to about 250 MPa from the atmospheric pressure and is sustained in the accumulator tank. The accumulator tank opens when the air pressure increases above 250 MPa.

I know, on the one hand, all the above-mentioned information might seem confusing… To sum up, the advantage of W211 airlift suspension compared to others is that it uses air and shock absorbers as a working fluid. Air springs are located on the front and rare axles, which automatically adjust to the driving conditions, speed and load. Hence, you don’t have to worry if your car is crowded or the road condition is not perfect. You get comfortable rides on both good and bad roads with the Mercedes air suspension. 

Which Mercedes models have air suspension besides W211 airmatic? 

As you already know Mercedes has started releasing models with air suspension since the 2000s. In the beginning, only C-class models had such system, but later the variety has increased. Nowadays, the following models work on the airmatic system:

  • GLE Coupe 
  • CLS Coupe
  • S-Class
  • GLS SUV
  • S-Class Maybach

Since there are some cases when the same model cars don’t work with the same suspension system, I’ll explain how to check W211 pneumatic suspension. If you see a black “bladder” from the front axle, then it’s airmatic. But in case you see steel springs there, then your car isn’t equipped with the pneumatic suspension system. Besides, there is another way to check the issue, you should look for a button with a car icon and an upwards arrow. A message appears on display showing those details, in case your car is upgraded. 

How to change the level of Mercedes W211 airmatic suspension?

Now, since you already know all the needed information about W211 air ride suspension, let me introduce the must-have device for your automobile –Mercedes lowering tool . I’m sure you’ve thought about changing the car level many times, but all the operations cost a lot… You have to visit the service center, waste time and money, but the device solves the issue. It is designed specifically for Mercedes air ride suspension and adjusts car level in seconds! It works via OBD II diagnostic port. For using the tool, you don’t have to cut or solder any wires. You should simply plug in the module at diagnosis. Activation takes only seconds! After attachment, you can choose the desired mode by using the steering wheel or the combination of additional buttons. You can switch between the below-mentioned modes in 10 seconds.

  1. Factory – By choosing the mode, an automobile level goes back to factory settings. If you change your mind, you can reset it at any time; 
  2. Low – The Low option gives you the possibility to lower your car with -32mm in the front and rear parts.
  3. Custom – By selecting this feature you can select preferable height upon your wish for the front and rear parts separately (Min -70mm; Max +40mm;)

Using the tool on your W211 air matic suspension, helps you to improve responsiveness, change the look, and get faster acceleration and quick stops. The cool thing is that you can decrease or increase height upon your wish and needs at any time. The module is untraceable, as you can always choose factory mode and set the automobile on the factory height. Hence, there are no drawbacks to refrain from using the kit. 

How does W211 airmatic suspension work?

Conclusion

All in all, after reviewing all the details about the suspension system, its development and its differences, we’ve learned what distinguishes the air system from others. I guess now you know why is so comfortable the Mercedes Benz W211 airmatic and how to differentiate pneumatic systems on your automobile. Now you know how to adjust vehicle height in seconds and I’m sure can’t wait to test it on your “best buddy”. So, let’s try and share your feedback. Good luck!