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  • syellin
    syellin - 2007 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 10/16/2011
    Left side of car body is 1 inch higher than right side. Measurement from ground to body along center of each wheel.
    32000 miles. This difference of 1 inch remains the same whether the rear air is on or disconnected. Auto computer says there is no air suspension problem. Right front strut 71346 was recently replaced.
    0 answer
    KENNY - 2003 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 10/16/2011
    Where is the suspension compressor located
    0 answer
  • robert gordon
    robert gordon - 1993 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 10/12/2011
    What causes the air ride suspension fuse to continually blow
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/12/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Usually a leak in the rear air bags cause the compressor to run constantly and heat up and eventually they draw too much current and pop the fuse. The fix is almost always replacing the compressor and rear air springs. I hope that you like this car. By the way, a good supplier for these items is >>
  • Andrés
  • streetover88
    streetover88 - 2001 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 10/10/2011
    I have a rattle in rear, only makes the noise when i hit a bump in the road. vehicle handles great. garage here says
    all 4 sway bars need to be replaced. does this sound reasonable.
    • tony
      10/10/2011 tony
      you dont'; have drum brakes in the town car. Check you tail pipe hangars. These things are weak for the weight of the tail pipe and the rubber mounts go bad real quick. Your sway bars may not be bad just the bushings.
    • jlofwash
      10/10/2011 jlofwash
      also check the shockobsorber mounts top and bottom(both sides)...
    • Ruben
      9/27/2011 Ruben
      Do you have drums brakes on the back? if you do check your brakes they may be low and need to be replace or adjust
  • shonn
    shonn - 2000 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 10/10/2011
    What cause a check suspension light to come on but not stay on, but the air ride seems to be working
    It seems to work most of the time
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/17/2011 HouseCallAuto
      A leak in an air bag.
    • tony
      10/10/2011 tony
      eithr an air bag or air line. ?They can put dye and check out your air line. I have the same problem in a 95 and really don't worry about it.
  • shonn
    shonn - 2000 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 10/10/2011
    Ok the vehicle has to new bladders on the rear, and the pump was working but does not seem to be working now.
    Have no idea what it maybe now I have already checked all fuses everything all working, was told it could possibly be the solenoid.
    • tony
      10/10/2011 tony
      check and see if your switch in the truck in on or off.
  • LD
    LD - 1999 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 10/8/2011
    Check Steering Assist warning came on and steering became difficult, what does that mean?
    • Spoon Sports
      10/8/2011 Spoon Sports
      Try flushing out the power steering/atf fluid and replacing with a good ATF mercon fluid. My friend did this in his Dad's car using Mobil 1 ATF and it stopped the leak he had and the steering is nice and smooth. They tried Lucas and the stock ATF but it was too thick in winter and the steering was horrid and then it started to leak after he changed some out. He then flushed it and replace it with Mobil 1 and it has been good for over 6-8 months.
  • Andrés
    • Spoon Sports
      10/8/2011 Spoon Sports
      Try exchanging the left rear wheel with a spare or with one on the other side; and see if the sound changes. Plastic wheel covers often create clicking noises as they flex. I would remove those covers; or get different style wheels which don't use wheel covers.

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    • Andrés
      10/8/2011 Andrés
      Alrite..thanks bro
  • Felix
    Felix - 2002 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 9/23/2011
    How to fix traction control light?
    Traction control light stays blinking repeatedly and my cruise control does not work, started at the same time?
    • Spoon Sports
      9/23/2011 Spoon Sports
      If your traction control light is constantly flashing and you are NOT drawing an OBD fault code, then the system may need to be calibrated. Ford can do this for $92. A system needs to be calibrated when a component of the traction control is replaced or disconnected and reconnected. If, however, the light returns, the problem is likely the clock spring in the steering column, also known as a "sliding contact." Ford/Lincoln is famous for these things not lasting long. It is the component that brings power to everything you need in the steering wheel (horn, cruise, air bag, radio volume, etc.). When this goes bad, it is tantamount to disconnecting/reconnecting the steering wheel position sensor (a component of the traction control). Typically, you will have other issues, such as a "high resistence" code from the air bag, or the horn or cruise will not work, etc.
  • Darrell
    Darrell - 2001 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 9/21/2011
    I install a power steering pump on a 2001Lincoln LS v8 now the car over heat
    The power steering pump and now the car over heat
    0 answer
  • rambo
    rambo - 2000 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 9/20/2011
    Problem with the airbag system on the driver side
    The airbag system is beeping ever 45 minutes driving
    • Spoon Sports
      9/20/2011 Spoon Sports
      On most vehicles, the airbag light should come on for @6 seconds, and then go off if the system is working properly. If there is a fault or a problem in the system, the light will remain illuminated, or flash continuously. If the airbag light does not work properly, some vehicles have an audible tone that sounds indicating a problem with the airbag light system. When the light is on (or the tone is sounding), the airbag will NOT deploy, even in an accident.

      The flashing light on your car is telling there is a problem. On some vehicles, the light is flashing a two digit code. Your vehicle will require a scan tool for the proper diagnosis, (and not the scanner at Auto Zone…airbag systems cannot be ready by that scanner) but here's a site that will explain everything you need to know about airbag lights and resetting the system. Once you know the code, you can most likely repair it yourself. There are fairly easy procedures that most people are capable of repairing. has the fault code charts to tell you what is wrong! Although it’s a pay site ($14.95/day), it’s a lot cheaper than going to the dealer.

      Some vehicle manufacturers accommodate systems without a scanner (like Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infinity, Honda, Acura, Ford, Lincoln, Mazda & Mercury) . Most all other vehicles require a scan tool for the diagnosis. Here is a link to the list of vehicle and scanner requirements.
      Check out these websites also for more info on airbag systems and the light.
      Lastly, check your vehicle for recalls through this link.

  • JimL
    JimL - 1992 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 9/11/2011
    Air Bag Light blinks. Will not go out.
    0 answer
  • 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 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.

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  • 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