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  • ccwree
    ccwree - 1997 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 10/12/2010
    How to check air pump for air ride 97 lincoln continental
     
    • wrench head
      10/12/2010 wrench head
      When I am troubleshooting the air pump for the shocks, I always start with the fuses and relays.some of the relays and fuses wear out faster with heavy use compared to bsay your cruise control and ABS relays.After you check those then check the connection at the pump for bad wires and/or connections , if everything this far checks out good ,then you need to check your switches at the rear or all 4 corners if you have a complete air ride control system ,they will have a mount with a control rod going from the switch to a mount on the axle housing to automatically turn the pump on to level vehicle.If no switches are bad ,then the pump is bad and needs tobe replaced
  • travis
    travis - 2001 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 10/12/2010
    My car dont raise up and the rear of the car is low
     
  • Wlkgmn
    Wlkgmn - 1992 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 10/7/2010
    How do I install a tie rod end. I got the nut of the bottom, but the tie rod end won't separate from the spindle assy.
    Mileage- 161,000 When driving at highway speed and bearing left the car has a slight shimmy. When jacked up the wheel can be moved slightly from front to rear. This is, ofcourse, the left tie rod end. Could it possibly be something other than the tie rod end?
     
    • RC
      10/7/2010 RC
      You can use a puller, a pickle fork, or rap the joint with a hammer. It could also be the tires and wheels.
  • rpatriquin
    rpatriquin - 2000 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2010
    Air suspension light on
    is on after half hour running. when engine shut of and restarted takes half hour to come back on. car does not seem to be lower but light on bothers me. what do i check??
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/30/2010 HouseCallAuto
      A professional shop level scanner has to read the air suspension fault codes to proceed with a diagnosis. There is nothing that you can do without knowing the code other than to go under the car with Windex and spray the air bags and look for air bubbles forming on the surface (foams) of the rubber air bags, especially where the air bag rolls on to itself and where it appears that the rubber is dry and cracking. The light can come on for many reasons. One reason is if the car does not attain the proper height in a specific amount of seconds after the compressor turns on for leveling. The air bags are known to develop leaks.
    • cary
      9/30/2010 cary
      if you dont hear the air comp running there is a heatsink style relay that is notorious for going out on fords especially expeditions navs etc
  • stevenwilk
    stevenwilk - 2002 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2010
    Suspension System has problems
    All of sudden car riding low. I can't drive because it is too low and sluggish.
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      You need to raise the vehicle to inspect clearly the fault. It could be shock absorber worn or damage. A visit to a mechanic will help to determine how intensive the damage is and what repairs are necessary.
  • anna
     
    • darkmind
      9/30/2010 darkmind
      Did you already check the switch for your air shock located in your trunk like Bobby suggested?
  • anna
    anna - 1995 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2010
    Low suspension . car i sitting very low to the ground.
     
    • Bobby
      5/21/2010 Bobby
      Your car has rear air shocks that keep the ride height most of the time the bags get holse in them however it could be the compressor or a broken air line, but like i said most of the time its the air bag shocks. Also check the trucnk there is a switch on the side for the air shocks make sure it is on when you first liook at it if it is not then turn it on and see if they come back up sometimes switch gets hit and people don't realize. if the switch is on then again its probabl the air shocks
    • darkmind
      9/30/2010 darkmind
      Did you already check the switch for your air shock located in your trunk like Bobby suggested?
  • anna
    anna - 1995 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2010
    Car is very to the groung
     
    • darkmind
      9/30/2010 darkmind
      What do you mean by that? You can use the Diagnose feature of AutoMD if you have problem with your vehicle.
  • Hector Zamorano
    Hector Zamorano - 2004 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2010
    Air suspension,don't hear the compressor running,and the rear end of truck wont raise.
     
    • Pave Low
      9/30/2010 Pave Low
      There is your answer, you have to replace the compressor.

      The same thing happened to the Expedition of my friend, his rear was sagging, the bad thing for him is that the vent solenoid and the compressor come in one assembly and cant be bought separately...OUCH!!!

      We tried to overide the system via the air suspension switch to no avail.

      Its a good thing his suspension contrl module is still ok because we though it was busted that is why the compressor is not working.
      Pave Low
      1/21/2011 robert
      Do you know how too test the suspension control module?
  • Jeannette Thomas
    Jeannette Thomas - 1997 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 9/29/2010
    Do you sell instructions for conversion of rear suspension system from automatic to coil spings
     
  • ginger
    ginger - 2000 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 9/24/2010
    Do you have rear air bags? I cannot find them on the list of parts.
     
    • Pave Low
      9/24/2010 Pave Low
      Yes they have rear air bags. The pressure for it is around 200 psi.
  • ZHARRIS
    ZHARRIS - 2001 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 9/24/2010
    WHERE CAN I BUY COMPRESSOR AUTOSTORE SAY THEY DONY CARRY THEM I LIVE IN DETROIT
    I WAS TOLD MY COMPRESSOR WAS BAD AND SHOULD THINK ABOUT REPLACING THEM WITH COILSPRINGS DO YOU THINK THIS IS WISE
     
    • HKS Guy
      9/24/2010 HKS Guy
      Each system has its pros and cons. They are dependent on the person who owns the vehicle. Now, when it comes to handling and comfort of course Air Suspension is the way to go. Its pricey to maintain but if you are the type of person who loves riding in the clouds, then this system is for you. At the same time, your vehicle won't sag when you put load on it since it will automatically level out.

      Now, coilsprings, this is a wise move for people who wants to save money like me. I'd hop on this deal in a heartbeat, besides, the Navigator is comfy enough for me with coil springs installed.

      That's my 2 cents worth.
  • FOLLOWTHECURRENT
    FOLLOWTHECURRENT - 1994 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 9/23/2010
    How to repalce the ClockSpring for 1995 Lincoln Continetal?
    I need helps to guide me to replace the clockspring for my 94 Continental? Please give me the steps by link or e mail me to mingdacabinets@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your helps.
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      HI follow, it is the connection in the steering wheel that allow your horn, cruse, and airbag work while you turn the wheel.

      I will give you a link that would give you an overview with this

      http://home.earthlink.net/~bazillion/clock.html

      I assume your car had been fixed already, but i hope this will be a help to others with similar problem.
  • chicilus
    chicilus - 1999 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 9/23/2010
    Car made loud rattle? noise from under front left when backing up to park
    Had car for 5 days. Car has 128k miles. Got service engine steady light and code for catalytic converter. Beautiful ride. Makes noise when I back up going left w/steering wheel turned all the way. Mechanic didn't get any noise. Suspension?
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Hi Chicilus, your guess could be right, check it by tapping that portion with a rubber mallet and listen if it produce a rattling noise. If it does rattles it requires replacement.
    • chicilus
      9/23/2010 chicilus
      Went to another mechanic after your answer. I was stunned when he produced the same noise and showed me a plastic 'apron' hanging out of place in front of the left wheel and causing the noise. Free fix! However, I need to get a bad steering wheel fluid leak for $450. He said there are other leaks, too, but this was urgent. Any clue? Thank you for the prompt answers.
      chicilus
      9/25/2010 dtrOlv
      I would have guessed leaking line or stearing pump. I just fixed same problem. It started when I turned all the way trying to park, smelled fluid, saw drops underneath, but hard to see where it was coming from. Glad I had someone turn it all the way while I looked because it was only the hose and not the pump. Normally it's the pump. The rubber hose was leaking on the inside curve of a loop, and since fluid was all over couldn't see where it came from until I got my face down there.
  • ZHARRIS
    ZHARRIS - 2001 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 9/23/2010
    WY DOES MY REAR END WONT LIFT UP LEVEL
    MY CHECK SUSP. LIGHT COMES ON SOMEONE TOLD ME TO CHECK THECONNECTION MODULE FOR CORROSION
     
    • Bobby
      9/17/2010 Bobby
      either there is a leak in the air suspension system could be the air suspension bags or a broken aire hose., or a problem with the electrical part of the system being the compressor or relay or wiring.
      Bobby
      9/23/2010 ZHARRIS
      I TOOK IT TO THE SHOP THEY TOLD ME IT WAS MY COMPRESSOR HE GAVE ME A PRICE OF $140 TO INSTALL IT I JUST NEED TO SUPPLY THE PART. I CALLED MOST OF THE AUTOPARTS STORE IN MY AREA THEY DONT CARRY IT MAYBE YOU CAN GIVE ME AN IDEAL OF WHERE I CAN FIND THIS PART. ALSO THEY SAID I SHOULD CONSIDER REPLACING THE AIRBAGS WITH COIL SPRINGS DO YOU THINK THIS IS WISE
    • ZHARRIS
      9/23/2010 ZHARRIS
      I LIVE IN DETROIT MI
 
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