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96 ford explorer feels every bump and crack in the road

Vibrates the vehicle i am not sure if it needs shocks or it is because its old

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There is a level sensor on the rear of the vehicle. It is just behind the rear end. that sensor tells the vehicle to air up or air down for a level ride. I would make sure it is connected on top and bottom and that it is still connected.

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I was told when i bought my explorer your suppossed to turn off your air ride when being towed or put on a lift .my 96 ford explorer has the switch to turn it of and on its located in the left rear panel were the jack and washer tanks located ...maybe if you turn it off then back on it will reset

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No solution yet! Just wondering if anyone has figured this out. My ford got towed and now the shocks seem to be super stiff and Im bouncing all over the road. I have the air shocks and it looks as if my truck is raised up now. Does nayone know why they could have suddenly gone all stiff?

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

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    It is the suspension for sure. My truck was towed last week and now the rear air suspension seems to be fully inflated and the truck is sitting really high. A mechanic told me that the air suspension will reset itself after a few days, but Im beginning to wonder because it hasn't settled back down and the rear end is bouncing all over the place. I stood on the back bumper and there isn't much give. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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It might be the tire pressure or the shocks. if the pressure is too high it can feel that way. it could also be the suspension.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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