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  • Igfritz
    Igfritz - 1991 Lincoln Mark VII - Steering & Suspension - 3/28/2012
    Air ride, air suspension, auto leveling.
    Have only had this car for a few weeks now. good running car, few minor things to fix but nothing serious so far, untill- A few days ago my wife drove to the store,doing the store thing. When for no reason the nose went to the ground, and the rear to the sky. Neet ...
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/28/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Relief Valves

      A Lincoln Town Car's air suspension uses a small, separate air compressor under the driver’s side left fenderwell, and air lines run to the air bags. On top of each air bag is a electrical valve that serves as a relief valve that allows air to be exhausted when activated. The valve senses the amount of air pressure within the air bag to keep both sides equal. These valves are operated via a leveling sensor that is attached to the body of the car and to the rear axle by a movable arm. When the rear of the car drops because of an increased load, the arm is pushed up, turning on the air compressor and filling the air bags to level the car. When the load is removed and the arm moves down, indicating that the back of the car has risen, the sensor opens the valve on the air bags and allows air to escape, lowering the car.

      Air-Suspension Switch

      If the back of the car is low, indicating that the air suspension is not working, and the air suspension light is on, check the fuse. If the fuse is all right, make sure the air-suspension switch in the trunk is on. This switch is used when the car is in for service. Always turn off the switch before lifting the car, because the sensor will think the car is rising and keep the air bag valves open, ruining the rear air suspension.

      Switch Terminals

      Turn the ignition key with the engine off, and listen for the compressor to come on while pushing down on the rear bumper. If it does not come on, test the switch terminals for power with a circuit tester. If one terminal has power and the other does not, replace the switch.

      If there is power, turn the switch to the "Off" position, raise the vehicle and place it on jack stands in the rear. Inspect the leveling switch on the axle, making sure it is not bent and is connected. Use an ohmmeter for this test. Pull the electrical connector off the switch. Loosen the arm of the switch from the axle. Test the switch with the ohmmeter by checking across both terminals while slowly moving the arm. There should be no continuity with the arm down. As the arm is raised, there should be continuity. If not, replace the switch. If there was continuity, connect the arm and the electrical connector.

      Check for Power

      Put a floor jack under the axle and raise the axle so it is just beginning to lift the car off the jack stand. Turn on the ignition. Turn the air suspension switch to the "On" position. Use the circuit tester to check for power at the leveling switch. If there is power, turn the air-suspension switch to "Off" and lower the car.

      Access the air compressor in the front, under the hood, and check the electrical connector for power. If there is power, check for a good ground. If both are good, replace the compressor. If the compressor works and the car does not rise in the back, replace the air bags.

      EG9 K20A3
      3/29/2012 Igfritz
      Would this also work for the front ? Beings the rear is to the sky, the nose is in the dirt... Four lines coming off the compressor, right left, for and aft.
  • Ralph
    Ralph - 2001 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 3/28/2012
    Power steering presure switch
     
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  • linda b
    linda b - 2001 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 3/23/2012
    Replacing ball joints
    driving AND HIT A POT HOLE AND THE BALL JOINT SNAPPED IN HALF
     
    • colin
      3/23/2012 colin
      which one the track rod end or the lower suspension
  • WARDADDY
    WARDADDY - 2001 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 3/16/2012
    How do I adjust the air suspension on my 2001 Lincoln Navigator. The left rear is lower than the right side rear.
    I replaced both air bags and shock absorbers in the rear (doesn't have airbags in the front) I also changed the air pump with a new one. It seems the pump is going thru the motions of pumping up the system but the driver rear hangs lower than the passenger rear.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/16/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You have to have the dealer do a Ride Height Calibration Procedure using the Ford scan tool as there is a selection on the menu to adjust the rear height. Cannot do this at home.
  • robbio
    robbio - 1994 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 3/4/2012
    My front airbags work part time.they pump up and hold on occasion then go flat with no warning-sometimes while driving
    however recently they havent pumped up at all. I think it is possibly something to do with the electronics of the system but not sure how to remedy the problem. I will be selling the car as soon as I can get this problem repaired/fixed. Thanks for any help.
     
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  • joe almeida
    joe almeida - 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII - Steering & Suspension - 3/1/2012
    IS THE LEFT SIDE BALL JOINT ARM DIFFERENT THAN THE RIGHT SIDE
     
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  • lonnie mcghee
    lonnie mcghee - 1997 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 2/28/2012
    Having problem with ride control system the part in which the air line run to the rear wheel
     
    • Master Tech
      2/28/2012 Master Tech
      You have to be more specific than "having a problem". What specifically is going on?
  • Naviguy
    Naviguy - 2000 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 2/10/2012
    Why does my air suspension light come on?
    without warning or driving the navigator hard, the navi went all the way down. It sits low and I changed the air compressor, but it's done it two more times in the past six months. Could there be another reason why the suspension / air lets out and the car ...
     
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  • jamieap
    jamieap - 1995 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2012
    Steering issues and suspension sqeak
    i am feeling a little tension in the steering even when on soft setting. and i am hearing a squeal/sqeak. it does not sound like power steering pump squeal. i also hear the same squeal when going over a bump so the squeal might not be a symptom. could i have too ...
     
    • Jay Giron
      2/8/2012 Jay Giron
      You might have a loose belt or worn belt tensioner.
  • Ronald
    Ronald - 2005 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 1/31/2012
    Is their away to let the air out of the air suspension module?
     
    • graham-ss
      1/31/2012 graham-ss
      adjust the ride countrol senser on each air bag or turn the whole system off to lower it down 2 to 3 inches but thats a horad ride
  • robert
    robert - 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII - Steering & Suspension - 1/26/2012
    Air ride wont go up.. is there a fuse or a reset button on this car for it ?
     
    • Camarozen
      1/26/2012 Camarozen
      There is a fuse, you can look in your owner's manual for the location. However, if it goes down, then the fuse is most likely not the problem, you should check for operation of the air compressor or the compressor relay. It is not uncommon for the air compressor motor to go out, they are very succeptable to moisture.
  • macarioarroyos
    macarioarroyos - 1990 Lincoln Mark VII - Steering & Suspension - 1/23/2012
    What kind of shocks did they come with because they have air shocks on it now
  • Loveablemom9
    Loveablemom9 - 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII - Steering & Suspension - 1/20/2012
    My back drivers wheel is tilted in at the top about 1/2 inch. My same wheel squeaks and makes a rubbing noise.
    It's the rear drivers wheel
     
    • jdl
      1/20/2012 jdl
      Maybe a problem with bearing or suspension, check it out. Safely raise and support the vehicle, remove rear tire, take a look. I wouldn't drive it like that.
  • James [Jim]
    James [Jim] - 1984 Lincoln Mark VII - Steering & Suspension - 1/18/2012
    What step-by-step actions to remove and replace the air coil spring on the front left side of my '84 Linc Mark VII?
    It seems the job requires the removal of at least the two sets of nuts and bolts holding the base of the strut. These bolts are stuck. How can I remove these frozen, stuck nuts and bolts? What else do I need to remove or do in the proper order to complete the job?
     
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