: Automatic Leveling ?
04-29-2005, 12:37 PM
My dealer told me that the RL has automatic leveling for load conditions. I looked and saw what looks like an air bag in the rear spring. I have not seen any spec on hondas web site to back this up.. anyone have info or found out first hand?
04-29-2005, 12:48 PM
Not on mine...those dealers will tell you anything. ;)
04-29-2005, 01:45 PM
Maybe the "kid" can answer that for us.
I have never read about any auto levelling feature of the Risgeline. I would think that somewhere Honda would have mentioned this feature. But I could be wrong.
04-30-2005, 11:48 PM
I hope not...not that Honda couldn't do it right but I had an auto leveling system on a Subaru and it when it began to malfunction it would raise the vehicle up to it's highest height. The fix: replace each air spring/controller at a cost of $700.00 each. No thanks.
05-01-2005, 04:15 PM
I'm a big fan of auto-leveling, great for towing!
However the Ridgeline doesn't have it. Is the "bag" the dealer pointed out to you inside each spring in the rear? If so, that would be the shock.
05-01-2005, 10:09 PM
Sounds like the dealer did not remove the shipping stops that keep the vehicle from moving up and down during shipment. Its not entirely uncommon for a dealer not to know about removal of these stops on a new model.
05-04-2005, 08:46 AM
The Ridgeline is not equipped with auto leveling rear dampers.
The vehicle is also not shipped with “spacers” in the springs. This is done on a couple of passenger cars to provide increased clearance during transport. This is not an issue with the R-L.
06-13-2005, 12:43 PM
Had auto-levelling on the Jimmy I traded in for the RL. Sometime in the first week or so of ownership, the rod that connected to the switch (to raise/lower the frame relative to the axle) came off while in the "Too Low" position and just pumped the airbags up nice and full so I was driving with a nice down-angle and the rear-end bouncing like a basketball over bumps! :eek:
I pulled off to a parking lot and pulled the fuse for the circuit since I didn't know that the connecting-rod existed or that it had come undone and it was dark outside. A few minutes later, I noticed it was starting to return to normal, so I started to drive home again. After it was reattached it worked fine.
06-07-2009, 09:41 PM
This is an old thread but a new question.....
Has anyone added a auto or self leveling system to their Ridgeline? I tow a 4000lb plus boat that lowers the back end a bit....yes the trailer is level. I get the flash of brights at night because I unfortunalty have my lights aimed up because of the trailer/Boat.
I did a search online and did find a couple aftermarket pieces that say they will fit the Ridgeline.
06-08-2009, 12:15 PM
Those kits at The Parts Bin appear to simply be universal kits that come up when you search for Ridgeline.
I searched around for a kit that specifically said that it was for the Ridgeline, and came up empty. Results were the same as when originally discussed here on the ROC -- you can get them for the Odyssey, but not the Ridgeline.
06-08-2009, 05:47 PM
To bad, I really want to fix this issue.
Maybe the 2010 model will have it?
06-08-2009, 09:01 PM
tschirtz, I had the same problem with my tt. The only solution I could find was to use a WDH. Properly set, it can re-level the truck, and in my case, improve handling also.
06-08-2009, 09:58 PM
What Weight Distribution Hitch did you get?
My trailer has surge brakes and a swing away toungue so it might be difficult to find something.
06-09-2009, 08:04 PM
That presents a problem for most WDH, however, I found this one which may work for you:
06-10-2009, 10:48 AM
Actually, I don't think the WDH will work. The surge brakes wouldn't allow for it. You would probably be best off calling Etrailer, or visiting a local hitch expert. I have no experience with surge brakes, but it reasons that anything which interferes with the coupling of trailer to truck could be disastrous.
06-10-2009, 12:17 PM
I was looking around on E-trailer, and found this paragraph:
Dependent sway controls are built in to weight distribution systems. They rely on the downward force of the spring bar to apply frictional resistance to brackets on the trailer tongue to combat trailer sway. This style is more consistent than the independent friction style, is easier to hook up, and over or under tightening is not a problem. This system is the only one approved for trailers with surge (hydraulic) brakes. [Part #49579, 49578, 66152, 66154, 66156, 66158]
It is from this link, and the model 49579 is what I have.