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  • 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?
    0 answer
  • jaime
    • Spoon Sports
      1/7/2012 Spoon Sports
      it sounds like the compressor is adjusting your suspension height if it seems to loud the compressor may be failing
      Spoon Sports
      1/9/2012 jaime
      If the compressor fails would the truck still be drivable? I have checked around and they are saying this is a dealership item only which runs over 500.00
    • Spoon Sports
      1/17/2012 Spoon Sports
      Yeah, it will still run, just low but will run. You can convert it to a regular suspension from strutmasters,com
  • Peter Heintz
    Peter Heintz - 1999 Lincoln Continental - Steering & Suspension - 1/14/2012
    When turning steering wheel, a creaking noise emanates from left front suspension.
    131,642 miles on car. Creaking noise sounds just like when slowly opening a door that needs oil applied to a dry, binding hinge. Noise both while standing still and when turning a corner in either direction. A dealer service rep said, "hmmm, yeah, it's the ...
    • Bill
      1/14/2012 Bill
      The CV joint bearings are being ground up and this is where the noise emanates from. Generally with this mileage it isn't suprising they are wearing out. Most common reason is the rubber boots protecting the joint are ripped and torn allowing road debris to enter and mix with the lubricant, also just plain wear and tear on it. Best to replace entire half axles (right and left) with new seals, rubber boots, boot clamps, and axle nuts.
      1/14/2012 Peter Heintz
      Wow! Thank you very much for the timely, comprehensive, yet succinct response to my query. I do appreciate it. Peter Heintz
  • tell
    tell - 1986 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/14/2012
    What's located over the front driver side sway bar
    Steering to the left is really hard right is getting there was wondering if it's the power steering reservoir located over front driver side sway bar or the hose or pump
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  • ARamazan3275
    ARamazan3275 - 1998 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/13/2012
    When go over 20 miles per an hour car is shaking and it can not control
    • deluxreverb
      1/13/2012 deluxreverb
      If air springs are empty car will hop making it difficult to controll. When air springs are empty the car will sit very low to the ground.
  • rfitzgerald
    rfitzgerald - 1996 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/13/2012
    Where is the air pump located on a 1996 Lincoln Town Car, for the air suspension?
    You have answered the previous questions on problems with the air suspension. I just need to know where the air pump is located.
    • deluxreverb
      1/13/2012 deluxreverb
      Behind passenger side headlight in front of window washer fluid tank. It is about 10 inches below top of window washer fluid tank.
  • Antonio
    Antonio - 2000 Lincoln LS - Steering & Suspension - 1/12/2012
    How do i know if my car is part of the recall
    • yboy82
      1/12/2012 yboy82
      Check out this link to see the list of TSB's and Recall for your vehicle, just click the title of the TSB or Recall to see its summary or content.
    • yboy82
      1/12/2012 yboy82
      You vehicle have 1 Recall (check below) just check on the NOTES to know what the delearship do and what you can do to check if your vehicle is part of the Recall.

      2000 Lincoln Ls Suspension Recall 00V359001
      NHTSA: Action Number: N/A Service Bulletin Number: 00V359001

      Report Date:
      Nov 03, 2000Component:
      SuspensionPotential Units Affected:
      Ford Motor Company

      Summary: Vehicle description: passenger vehicles. The front suspension lower ball joints were not tightened to specifications when they were attached to the lower control arms.

      Consequence: If the ball joint attaching nuts are not adequately tightened, they can loosen and, ultimately, result in fracture of the ball joint stud. If the ball joint fractures, control of the vehicle could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

      Remedy: Dealers will inspect the torque on the two ball joint attaching nuts. Vehicles with loose ball joint attaching nuts will either have the fasteners tightened to specification, or if necessary, the ball joints will be replaced.

      Notes: Owner notification began november 24, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact ford at 1-800-392-3673. Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
  • rfitzgerald
    rfitzgerald - 1996 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/11/2012
    What causes the air pump on a 1996 Lincoln to keep making a humming sound.
    The air pump on a 1996 Lincoln suspension keeps making a humming sound.
  • John
    John - 1995 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/6/2012
    "Check Air Suspension" keeps coming on after about 10-20 minutes of driving. It is gone if I shut motor off and restart
    You can hear air pump come on while driving. Car stays level. Overnight the suspension appears to hold its pressure because the car does not sink. Air bags have about 100K miles on them. Is this a computer problem or should I suspect an air leak?
    • Spoon Sports
      1/6/2012 Spoon Sports
      "Overnight the suspension appears to hold its pressure because the car does not sink" - Then its not a leak otherwise you car will just sag.

      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.
  • rfitzgerald
    rfitzgerald - 1996 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 1/1/2012
    If I change from air suspension to rear shocks on my 1996 Town Car, will the ride be as good as air suspension.
    The "check air suspension light is on".
    • Jimm
      1/1/2012 Jimm
      The ride will be different - whether it is as 'good' is fairly subjective. There are shock absorber kits available to convert the air suspension to more conventional hydraulic or gas-filled shock absorbers.
      Monroe Part # 90003 Air Spring to Coil Spring Conversion Kit - is one such kit for around $147.00 from among other auto parts sources.
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/1/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Probably your Town Car just needs new air springs. Do you still hear the compressor turn on? If not check the fuse for being open. If it runs and the car pumps up when it is started but sinks after the car is parked for a while, replace the air springs. They can be had from for $84 each.
  • nestor
    nestor - 1999 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 12/30/2011
    1999 lincoln navigator. too hgh and doesn't lower.
    I thing is a leveling switch but I am not sure. Than you in advance
    • Jay Giron
      12/30/2011 Jay Giron
      The rear height leveling sensor could be the cause of your problem.
      Some people rather convert to coils.
  • norma
    norma - 2001 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 12/30/2011
    What can i do about my back air suspension i was told that i can get a strut kit. whats the best kind?
    158,000 I haven"t had anything done related to this problem. When i drive my suv it bounces very badly the ck supension light is on. this problem just started last saturday.
    • Jay Giron
      12/30/2011 Jay Giron
      Try changing the rear height leveling sensor if you want to keep the air ride struts. If not
  • Jill Cox
    Jill Cox - 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII - Steering & Suspension - 12/23/2011
    When hitting speed of 55mph unit feels like it is swaying all over with little control .what could cause
    I just had 2 used front tires put on but they didnt turn off the air suspension ride button in back could this cause damage or this. and also about 8 months ago i had a cv joint replaced.
    • Jay Giron
      12/23/2011 Jay Giron
      Could be:
      - Your tires need balancing.
      - You have a bad set for tires.
      - Tie rod ends are worn out and they need to be replaced.

  • Greg
    Greg - 2000 Lincoln Navigator - Steering & Suspension - 12/22/2011
    My car is 1/4 inch lower on the driver side. How do I repair?
    When I turn off the car it will lower a bit but not all of the way and it is still 1/4 inch lower on the driver side. I have replaced the front air shocks and the back shocks no difference still 1/4 inch shorter.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/22/2011 HouseCallAuto
      If that is all the problem, you are measuring and just 1/4" difference, this small amount is insignificant. Do nothing. If it really is making you crazy you can adjust the torsion bar to raise or lower the front left and front right sides. Just turn the bolt enough to even it out.
  • Ed
    Ed - 1993 Lincoln Town Car - Steering & Suspension - 12/14/2011
    How do I repair Air Suspension system
    0 answer