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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Lincoln Aviator - Steering & Suspension - 1/18/2014
    Aviator pulling right and rubbing noise
    Hello. I have 2003 Lincoln Aviator and my car has been pulling right when i'm driving and also has some grinding or rubbing noise. I took my car to the shop a few months ago and they said I needed to replace to my wheel bearing,upper ball joints and brake pads. ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/18/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Go to another shop and get a second opinion. I cannot know what it is that you need because I cannot hear it. They may be truthful but you still have to see if another shop can do the smaller job that can get you out of trouble. It is clear that this shop is only gonna do the $1600 job so when a shop is un flexible like that that shop deserves to lose the job. Get it out of there.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/12/2014
    Rear air suspension going down
    when sitting for eight hrs or more the rear sususpension gets very low to the ground but not all the time and i was wondering what exactly the problem could be the air bags or something else with the air suspension
    • Jimm
      1/12/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; leaking air spring, faulty air supply hose, leaking air suspension pump. There is an available rear air suspension conversion kit - very inexpensive by comparison; Monroe part # 90003 for your vehicle.

      Try these on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities. They (RockAuto) list this same kit from around $129.00.
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/12/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The most common cause for this happening is a leak from the rear air springs. The way to confirm this is to back the car up on mechanic ramps when the suspension is at normal height (you won't be able to back it up ramps when the suspension is down) and use Windex and spray as much of the rubber of the air bags that you can get to, especially at the bottom sides where the rubber is rolling in itself. Look for the foaming of the Windex indicating air seepage. The leaks will be evident, you will not have to wonder. If you see leakage replace both bags. Consult a YouTube Video for replacement info, you will want that and the book also. The job is not bad to do, you just have to know what to do by watching a tutorial. Without a tutorial do not attempt it. Ig one day the suspension quits completely and does not go back up then you likely will need to replace the compressor, expensive part (around $400 online) but fairly easy to replace.
  • yonas
    yonas - 2002 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 1/5/2014
    When the engin off the suspention go down
    • bear.1216
      1/5/2014 bear.1216
      You likely have a leak in the air ride system. Have it checked at dealer.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Lincoln Mark VIII - Steering & Suspension - 12/23/2013
    Above 45 mph there is squeeking from the left rear.
    50,000 miles on the car inspected several times and see nothing rubbing
    • Jimm
      12/23/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn / dry axle bearing, rubbing brakes, misadjusted parking brake. Try this as a first step - rotate the wheel from front to rear position - to see if the problem moves.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2013
    Air suspension only inflates half way
    I am have problems with the air suspension. The air compressor comes on I can hear it. The right side front shock only inflates about half way and the left side doesn't inflate at all. Then in a few days everything works fine. Then in a few days it does the same ...
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2013
    I am have problems with the air suspension. The air compressor comes on I can hear it. The right side front shock only i
    I am have problems with the air suspension. The air compressor comes on I can hear it. The right side front shock only inflates about half way and the left side doesn't inflate at all. Then in a few days everything works fine. Then in a few days it does the same ...
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 10/29/2013
    Wheel noise on the highway
    How to check wheel ends for endplay and noise
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  • Ronald Ackerman
    Ronald Ackerman - 2000 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 10/28/2013
    My ride is getting noisy. What can I do to suspension to make it less so?
    • omatsola brown
      10/28/2013 omatsola brown
      check suspension bushings and check confirm if it uses the air spring at rear of car as these may be the cause of the unpleasant noise from your ride
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1988 Lincoln Mark VII - Steering & Suspension - 10/19/2013
    Change from air suspension to coil spring
    Is it a good idea to replace an air suspension with coil springs
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes it will work fine but you will lose some of that marshmallow ride you were used to.
  • cabcurtis45
    cabcurtis45 - 2002 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 8/20/2013
    Where can I find a air ride to spring conversion kit
    My air ride system is leaking and I cannot afford to replace with factory parts .I am trying to find a air ride to spring conversion kit . Problem !! My car is the only car they made with front wheel drive. It also has independent rear suspension. I ordered a ...
    • gbasha
      8/20/2013 gbasha
      have you tried Arnott Industries ?
      8/22/2013 cabcurtis45
      Thank you
      that was one of the places my mechanic told me to check, but still nothing. I am holding up my mechanics garage so I am gonna bite the bullet. Thanks again
    • Jimm
      8/20/2013 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources; such as;,,,, or for the replacement parts and conversion kits. For example, they (Rock Auto) list a front or rear shock for around $123.00 (each) for your vehicle.
      8/22/2013 cabcurtis45
      Thank you also for your help . Suncore is where I bought my second set of wrong spring & shocks .so I have given up 2 weeks without a car is enough. poorhouse here I come. Who needs to eat anyway :) Thanks again
  • evpagel
    evpagel - 2001 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 8/14/2013
    Where can I find replacement upper ball joints for rear suspension
    contacted dealer and looked all over web but cant find ball joints or spindles. don't want used garbage end up with same problem. can the front lowers be used in rear can find them all over.
    • Jimm
      8/14/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,, - to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front lower ball joint from around $7.00 (each) for your vehicle. The front lower ball joint is the same design as the rear - only flipped around (different position) for your vehicle.
  • evpagel
    evpagel - 2001 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 8/11/2013
    Where can I find upper ball joints for the rear suspension and are the front lowers the same as the rear uppers?
    this is a front wheel drive car with independent rear suspension. called dealership and looked all over the web and cant find replacement parts
  • mudman914
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      In the underhood fuse panel over by the passenger side there is a 30 amp fuse that is labeled for the suspension. You will likely find this fuse burned and that is why the compressor is not turning on. Your cause is most likely to be that the rear air springs are leaking and it causes the compressor to turn on way too often to attempt to keep the car at the proper height. This causes the compressor to overheat and draw too much amperage and pops the fuse. It is likely that after the air springs are replaced that the problem will be solved. You can find the air springs or "rear air bags" online for pricing ranging from $100 a pair to more than $250 a pair so shop wisely. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to replace the air springs.
  • Ian
    Ian - 2001 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 3/23/2013
    I need to find a place to check my car I'm visiting family 2 1/2 hrs away and on the way here my car kept swaying side to side and when I would turn the slightly to the left it makes a weird noise and I'm only up here for 2 days and I don't feel safe putting my ...
    • Jimm
      3/23/2013 Jimm
      See this

      They're recommended by - call / contact these repair shops in your area.
    • Ian
      3/23/2013 Ian
      Yes I did but can't find any that are open. Now what?????
    • Jimm
      3/23/2013 Jimm
      In this case - your options are pretty limited. One, you can inspect the vehicle yourself to determine the problem. Two, you can have the vehicle inspected and repaired locally - in the area you are in, when the repair shops are open for business. Three, you can try to find a friend or family member to help you out with the diagnosis and / or repairs needed.
  • jimbrenda
    jimbrenda - 1994 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 3/21/2013
    Put knew air compressor on ,and it keaks at the drier can were the air lines connect
    is the a way that the are installed? like push in tern .orpush min then pull back to seal tried alot of stuff. still leaks HELP please
    • racel4750
      3/21/2013 racel4750
      Don't really understand the problem, but I guess you forgot to install the O-RINGS.
    • neomyejohn
      3/21/2013 neomyejohn
      Hey, i am willing to answer this question but i can't understand a thing you have written. Please rephrase your answer. probably this is why you haven't received an answer so far.