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  • vernon
    vernon - 2001 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 9/7/2011
    Reset switch for shocks
    i got a flat tire and after changing the tire the rear end of my car now sits really low to the ground.i switched the reset in the trunk to the on position but nothing happened.is there any other thing i have to do to get it to reset?
     
    • Spoon Sports
      9/7/2011 Spoon Sports
      Did you turn it OFF before jacking it up?

      1. The back of your car is low and the air suspension light is on. Check your fuse first. If its not the fuse check the air suspension switch in your truck, and make sure it is on.

      2. You took it in for service and it was put on a lift or jacked up. And now the bags are full, and the car rides rough. Well you should have shut the switch in the trunk off before lifting the car. Now you will need to bleed the air out of each bag manual and reset your system.

      3. You suspension is all the way down. This could be caused by a leaking or stuck valve or a leaking air bag. If it is a leaking airbag, they will all go down, as the car attempts to level itself. So you will need to watch for the one that goes down first as that should be the one with the leak.

      4. Your car goes down overnight, but comes up when started. This could be something electronic or could be a leaking bag. Which will soon cause the compressor to go out.

      Please do not reply by clicking "Reply". reply by clicking "Answer Question" so it will reflect in my INBOX so i can get back to you if something comes up. If you post a comment, it will not appear on my inbox and i wont be able to follow your question.
  • kerry booth
    kerry booth - 1995 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 9/7/2011
    Check ride control message came on , now there isn!t any fire going to compressor or to air bags
     
    • Spoon Sports
      9/7/2011 Spoon Sports
      I have a 1996 Lincoln that presented a "Check Ride Control" warning one morning. After driving it for about 10 minutes I could tell it was handling differently. By the time I got to work (50 miles) the front of the car had sunk such that the tires would scrape the inside of the fender when I made a turn. When I left work 10 hours later, the drive home was scary - I probably should have had it towed. The car over-reacted to every bump and each flaw in the road felt like a canyon.

      After reviewing it for an hour or so, my mechanic said that the air system itself was mechanically OK but the computer was telling it the ride control to empty the cylinders. He talked to a local dealer and they said they wanted no part of it and that if they were to address the problem I could expect at least $1200 in charges.

      Thankfully my mechanic isloated a flawed sensor - it cost me $168 for the part and $230 for labor. I was happy to get away with the $398.

      My understanding is that these systems are really problematic and owners with the time and inclination often replace the air system with a spring suspension system.

      - From my friend
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 9/3/2011
    Air bag clock spring
    air bag clock spring
     
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  • marshall Bell
    marshall Bell - 1997 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 8/27/2011
    Rear right air suspension gone bad can this suspension be replace with coil springs
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/19/2011 HouseCallAuto
      It can be but I do not think you should because your ride will not be the same and you will not save any money. You can buy either the coil spring conversion or a new *pair* of air springs here >> I have bought from them many times. >> www.Strutmasters.com
    • 1990TOWNCAR
      8/27/2011 1990TOWNCAR
      Yes you can but it will change the feel of the ride. I replaced my whole system; bags, driers, hoses and compressor for less than a thousand dollars and it feels real good.
  • Tonya
     
    • yboy82
      8/22/2011 yboy82
      You have to remove and inspect the a/c compressor to inspect it. Try the AutomD Negotiator ( http://www.automd.com/negotiator/) feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
      yboy82
      8/22/2011 yboy82
      I mean the air compressor not the a/c compressor.
  • lisa
    lisa - 2002 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 8/16/2011
    How do you check the back air bags in a 2002 lincoln towncar
    back end of car slowly goes down but when you start the car it rises again
     
  • tracie
    tracie - 2000 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 8/9/2011
    Wuy is the back of my car dropped to the ground
    the rear end of the car is not the same height as the front end
     
    • Spoon Sports
      7/28/2011 Spoon Sports
      Find the relay first, unplug it, clean it the plug it back in. Try this before buying a compressor or a new relay. I remember in a car my friend was working on, it was on the RH (Passenger side) between the bumper and headlight. This happened ages ago so i cant recall what car that was. if that doesnt work

      Air Leaks

      Fill the water bottle with water and then put a few drops of soap in the bottle.

      Squirt the soapy water onto the air fittings to test for leaks. If the fitting bubbles up, then you have a leak in that corner. In that case, tighten the fitting with a wrench, or remove and reinstall the fitting with thread sealant.

      Undo the fitting with a wrench. Apply two wraps of Teflon tape around the fitting, then tighten the fitting and test again.

      If the fitting still leaks, you may have a cracked fitting. Replace the fitting and reinstall, then test again.

      Pressure Switch
      Check the pressure switch in the air system. Often if the pressure switch isn't working, the air supply isn't being filled, and therefore your vehicle won't lift. Test by jacking up the vehicle in the air and setting on jack stands.

      Drain the air tank. Generally there is a drain plug at the bottom of the tank.

      Turn on the vehicle so that pressure switch should activate. Place a test light on the wiring. It should show a light on both connections. If it doesn't, check the fuse. Replace if necessary

      Replace the pressure switch if the fuse is functioning properly but the switch still doesn't turn on.
      Testing the Compressor

      Test the compressor for power if the pressure switch is working but the tank is not filling up with air.

      Place the test light on the power lead to the compressor(s). If it doesn't get power, check the relay running power to the compressor or the fuse running to the compressor.

      If the fuse is bad, replace it and test again. If it's good, test the relay with the test light. If it doesn't work, replace it.
    • Chris Cappuccino
      8/9/2011 Chris Cappuccino
      Check the air ride switch in the trunk, if u had car worked on recently, the tech may not have shut switch off before lifting vehicle which could blow out the rear air suspension. try flipping the switch to on position, listen to see if pump engages and if car lifts...
  • cge1982
    cge1982 - 1994 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2011
    My 1994 Lincoln Town Car is very low to the ground in the back.
    When I turn the air suspension switch on I can hear the air compressor running but the car isn't lifting in the back at all. Also, I do not hear any air leaking anywhere under the car. My fiance has already checked the air compressor (which was fine), the relief ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/2/2011 HouseCallAuto
      It is likely that the air bags are leaking and need replacing. I have replaced many of these with the same exact symptoms. Unless you tell me in response that the air bags have been replaced already (you would not have left out that detail I don't think) then the cause of the problem is the air bags leaking at the part of the bag that rolls over on to it self. There will be cracking on the surface that will foam up with very tiny air leaks if you spray the bags with Windex. Probability is greater than 90%.
      HouseCallAuto
      8/2/2011 cge1982
      Yeah, the air bags did have tiny cracks in them and we knew that they would need replaced but the car was still lifting up in the back. We had to air it up about once a week because of the air leaks in the air bags but then just all of a sudden it won't move at all AND you can't hear any air escaping out of the bags. The bags don't have any big tears in them, just tiny cracks, so wouldn't you be able to hear the air escaping from them?
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/2/2011 HouseCallAuto
      My summary on this is to replace the air springs because you know you need them no matter. See what happens. It's not like you changed air springs that were good.
      HouseCallAuto
      8/3/2011 cge1982
      Yeah, that's what we are going to have to do. My fiance took the air bags off last night and noticed that no air was going into the relief valves so the problem may be the valves but I take it you have to buy the whole air bag bc the valve comes with it? We are probably going to have to either buy new airbags and possibly more or convert it to coil springs. I am not sure which yet. Which would be cheaper?
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/3/2011 HouseCallAuto
      The only place I have used to buy air springs cheap and the valves are separate by the way (because just about everyone else except the Ford dealer does not even list them) is this place >> strutmasters.com
      HouseCallAuto
      8/11/2011 rachael
      I did some asking around and it seems easier and cheaper to buy a conversion kit than replacement parts. It's really depressing to see my 'Baby' sitting on the ground. :(
  • PAMike59
    PAMike59 - 1998 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 8/3/2011
    Can I use Quaker State Dexron IIE / Mercon multi-purpose ATF when my owners manual calls for Motorcraft Mercon ATF?
    My power steering reservoir is a bit low, so I looked in the manual...it states Motorcraft Mercon ATF. I have some Dexron II E / Mercon multi-purpose ATF and was wondering if they can be interchanged? Thanks!
     
    • Jimm
      8/3/2011 Jimm
      Yes, as long as the fluid states Mercon ATF - it can be interchanged in the power steering system.
  • dean
     
    • csd
      7/31/2011 csd
      sounds like cv joint boot is broken
  • dj
    dj - 1994 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 7/26/2011
    What all do i need to do to change from air ride to reg shocks
  • jeff
    jeff - 1994 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 7/25/2011
    When i convert air ride to coil springs, what all do i need to change?
    i was told i need to change shocks also when coverting over. i guess i need to know what all do i need to do to change over
     
  • shane
    shane - 2004 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 7/24/2011
    Where can I obtain a diagram of the power steering and AC systems for a Lincoln LS?
    I need the diagrams specifically fr the AC and power steering systems for a Lincoln LS.
     
    • Jimm
      7/24/2011 Jimm
      Try the website; www.manualspace.com for the diagrams
  • mark
    mark - 1998 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 7/21/2011
    Power steering assist light
    every now and then when coming to a stop my check power steering assist warning light comes on, and the steering gets hard, after i turn engine off, then back on again, it returns to normal, until the next time.
     
    • Spoon Sports
      7/21/2011 Spoon Sports
      This is kind of like a check engine light, but for the steering and air suspension system. I recommend you take it to a dealer to scan for the codes, then diagnostics can be performed from there. I don't think a regular scan tool would be able to retrieve these codes.

      Please do not reply by clicking "Reply". reply by clicking "Answer Question" so it will reflect in my INBOX so i can get back to you if something comes up
  • dojoy
    dojoy - 2000 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 7/19/2011
    Air suspension leaks down
    Car has 85660 miles. When the car is parked for one day it will leak down some, after two days it will leak almost all the way down. Once it is restarted it will lift back up and stay there until it is reparked
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      A vehicle that drops in height over night is a problem. The suspension will not drop unless there is a leak. Like any piece of rubber, the suspension bags have a life span. Most will last several years and well over 100,000 miles. When they do eventually wear out, they must be replaced. This is the key to preventing expensive problems. Most bags fail by developing cracks in the rubber. Air leaks through the cracks and the vehicle starts to drop after sitting. A Lincoln Town Car uses two rear bags. Both can be replaced in under an hour and for a relatively low cost. Not replaced, they will leak, cause the pump to overheat and create a very expensive repair.