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  • 9hpps6
    9hpps6 - 2003 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 1/4/2011
    Where can i find air bags suspension. one bag is up other one down
  • page
    page - 2000 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/1/2011
    Not sure why air suspension light is on
      # A Lincoln Town Car's air suspension uses a small, separate air compressor under the driver’s side left fender well, 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

  • antoniomaxwell
    antoniomaxwell - 1993 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 12/8/2010
    How to take off rear shocks
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/8/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Nasty job in the driveway. Usually have to disconnect the lower shock mount first and then bend the shock back and forth to snap it off at the upper stud.
  • j cruz
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/25/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Raise the RF tire off the ground and see if there is any excessive looseness or sound when you spin it by hand. maybe a bad wheel bearing, loose caliper, missing caliper mounting bolt. Recreate the noise, that is key and you should be able to.
    BENZ ENOW BATE - 2000 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 11/22/2010
    How can i stop a front suspension noise
    it happen when i iam driving yes it occur all the time about six months ago yes the check engine light is on yes the suspension light is on but goes off at times i susgest it's a bushing problem.also there is a drive fan belt noise AND WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING ...
    BENZ ENOW BATE - 2000 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 11/22/2010
    How can i stop front suspension noise
    brushing problems or shocks because when the car moves there is that noiseor when you shike the vehicle on a standstill point you hear the front suspension noise I WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING: lower and uper arm bushings,sway bushings,bolt joints,stabilizer bar ...
  • tomi187
    tomi187 - 2004 Lincoln Aviator - Steering & Suspension - 11/10/2010
    I am hearing a humming noise comparable to loud tire noise coming from front of vehicle it is loudest while coasting.
    I am thinking it may be a wheelhub bearing, I have replaced the tires so i have ruled that out and replaced the brakes recently. I am wondering can a bad bearing produce a deeper humming noise rather than a squeeking or grinding noise. That is the only reason why I ...
      11/10/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      I may say no for the humming noise for the bad bearing. Humming can be cause of your bad accessory belt or alternator belt; a loose belt can also cause you this. Inspect the belt for loose tension, cracks or worn alternator bearing and then replace parts if needed. Check also your tire pressure maybe low; it can produce a humming sound while at high speed.
      7/2/2013 tomi187
  • jaykaybrad
    jaykaybrad - 1997 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2010
    Can I replace the lower control arm bushings only or do I have to replace the entire lower control arm?
    • HKS Guy
      11/4/2010 HKS Guy
      Yeah you can replace the bushings only. Im assuming your control arm is in pristine condition (not bent or anything like that)

      Take your pic, but Moog is good enough for me.|0

  • pblack1
    pblack1 - 1998 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 10/23/2010
    Is there a master reset for the air suspension?
    The truck sat for about 6 months and the rear went down and the pump won't kick in to raise it back up.
    • Bill
      10/23/2010 Bill
      I don't think there is a reset but there is a fuse. Check it.
  • Wlkgmn
    Wlkgmn - 1992 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 10/22/2010
    How much time is involved in installing a Rack & Pinion in a '92 Lincoln Continental Executive
  • Gene
    Gene - 2006 Lincoln Zephyr - Steering & Suspension - 10/17/2010
    How can I remove key stuck in ignition?
    74000 miles, there has been no work done for this problem.
    • Tifosi
      10/17/2010 Tifosi
      If yanking it doesnt do the trick, sounds like your release mechanism is damaged. Dont fix it yourself, bring it to a mechanic or dealership.
  • sergio
    • wrench head
      10/13/2010 wrench head
      It sounds like you may have a bad leveling sensor and/or air bag with your shocks
  • 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.