The Nivomat system is self contained. It doesn't require an air compressor or electrical connection to work. The vehicle when you load it will sink down, but within a few metres it will return to the proper ride height. If your Suzuki XL7 is a 7 passenger version then the system is standard equipment.
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make sure you have air being pumped to that side air bag ,also check leveling valve on that side that determins if air is put in or let out, make sure pump is working at all, disconnect lines to check for air being pumped ,BE CAREFULL bags my deflate causing car to lower , check fuses for suspension control . I hope this helped .
The H2 comes standard with rear five-link equipped with coil springs. The optional suspension (pictured here) is a self-leveling system that uses airbags. Hidden in the rear axle is an electronic rear locker manufactured by Eaton. Here is a picture of what the optional airbag suspension looks like. The easiest way for you to tell is to get the VIN, located on the drivers side, you can see it through the windshield on the dash or you can look on your insurance card and call the dealer and give it to them. They can use it to see what the vehicle came equipped with. Or you could crawl underneath the H2 and look at the suspension or check out the window sticker if you still have it. Hope that you found this information useful as that is my goal.
It could be the suspension if you have the semi airmatic suspension equipped on the vehicle. It will level itself out to a certain height after the vehicle is turned off. Most of the time the wagons are equipped with a self leveling suspension at least for the rear. The pump and the filter where the air would release is in the right front underneath the headlight if i remember correctly
If you have the self-leveling Nivomat rear suspension system, you can replace your Nivomat shock absorbers with standard shock absorbers. You also have to replace the coil springs with standard coil springs. Please note that a combination of standard springs and Nivomat shock absorbers, or Nivomat compatible springs and standard shock absorbers, will not work.
If it is just the cost of springs that you are concerned about, try purchasing your springs elsewhere, and having your local mechanic install them. Two good sources online are; usautoparts.net and autopartswarehouse.com . You can find Nivomat compatible coil springs for less than $120 per pair.
Try jacking up the vehicle and putting it on jack stands letting the suspension hang down. Disconnect the battery for a few minuts and reconnect it and it should inflate the airbags and level off the suspension.
Yes, replacing the self leveling rear shockers with gas shocks, is the way to go.
The self leveling system was notoriously problematic.
Due to either to the leveling sensor going faulty, and making the car go up and down, whilst sitting at the lights. ( Do not be surprised to see that yours has been disconnected. )
Other problems are loud knocks over the big bumps, and finally oil leaks from the shockers.
Yes Jaguar in there wisdom, did not make things easy, and new gas shockers will not match your old springs.
I do have all the Jaguar part numbers somewhere for this job, if you want to keep it all Jaguar.
( let me know and I will have a look !)
I have seen in the past, Modification Kits being offered in England, but would have to get back to you with source.
I see you are in Canada , and I am in Spain, and not familiar with your spares situation out there.
You will be requiring 2 Gas Shockers, 2 Springs and retaining collets, and plates.
I have had the same symptom on my 1994' 960 (sedan).
I thought (told by the dealer) the shocks had worn out (although the car was only 110000 km !...), so I had the dealer change them (they had a promotion). It did not change much of anything, except it lifts a little bit more (about 1 cm more), but still "sags" after about 1/2 hour.
It takes about 1 km driving to pump back up.
I have never been observing that symptom on nivomat-equipped 940 wagons with solid rear axles, and knowing that 960 sedans (with multilink rear suspension) having nivomat wider (3.5") than rear solid axle wagons (940 and early 960) which are 2.5".
So, my interpretation is those wider ones support a great deal of the weight, even more that of 940 wagons, so they react differently by sagging more, due to internal micro-leaks.
Also, and consistently, springs with nivomats are thinner and they may also wear out faster than on standard supension, putting even more load on nivomats to compensate.
Therefore my conclusion was :
- It is not because of the shocks,
- It may be the springs
- It is not really a problem, is it ?