I have a 2010 Civic coupe (bought it last July). The ride is firmer
than I would like, certainly firmer than the 1995 Civic that I used to
Would replacing the struts with new struts from some other manufacturer
improve the ride at all? Or how about just reducing tire inflation
-- Steven L.
What is the current tire pressure? If it's above what the owner's manual
specifies, you could lower it to that--- but no less. Too low will
create heat build up which increases blow out risk, reduces tire life,
and impairs handling.
Also, you might try a softer riding tire. Check the big online tire
dealer or mfr websites for info on what yours is and what options are
Does his car have 40 or 50 series tires? they can give a rougher ride.
he might try moving from a low profile tire to a higher profile
tire(requiring a smaller rim size),although I doubt that will do what he
Changing tires/wheels or struts and rear shocks is expensive,and a
crapshoot.(the chances of failure are greater than the chances of success)
Is the car "stock" or has it been lowered/modified?
Lowered cars have a stiffer ride,less suspension travel.
Why did he buy the car in the first place if he doesn't like the ride?
The auto dealer I bought the car from was in a locale where the roads
So when I took the car for a test drive, it seemed to ride O.K.
But when I drove it back to my home town, where the roads are peppered
with potholes everywhere, the ride seems worse than I remember it being
during the test drive.
The suggestion about switching to a different brand of tire is a good
one. I hadn't thought of that. I had assumed that all tires of the
right size for my car would ride the same.
-- Steven L.
If it's pothole-type disruptions you're trying to minimize, you may find
tire-changing won't do it. Ride is more a function of shocks and springs
If you really can't stand the ride, you're better off to trade the car in
on an Accord.
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