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1997 lincoln continental air suspension

I have a 1997 lincoln continental in which the air suspension stopped working along with my power steering got harder to stear all at the sametime, i have checked all fuses, replaced the air suspension computer and compressor relay, there is no power to the shut off switch in the trunk, nothing on the message panel telling me the air system is off, the compressor works cause i put one end of a tester on the negative of the battery and when i put the other end of the light tester on one of the small wires on the air comprssor relay the compressor turns on but no air is going in to the bags cause i guess the solenoids are closed and not receiving any signal to open, i am going crazy trying to figure out what can be the problem since i have checked all fuses and replaced the air suspension computer and compressor relay, it is weird that the power steering got hard and the air suspension system stopped working all at the same time, does anyone have an idea what can be the problem, it seems like something is not letting power pass to the system ,i thought that replacing the computer would be the problem but it wasn't, please help me with ideas ,im going nuts

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  • the surgeon Dec 09, 2008

    i will try that for sure, but i had checked the fuses before i posted the problem and the fuses are both good, i will check the pins u mentioned, thanks

  • the surgeon Dec 10, 2008

    i just got done checking the pins on the module, both fuses are good and there is power to the fuses, after checking the module plug, im only getting power to pin #1 when i turn the car on, but i have absolutely no power with the car on or off on pins # 36,37,56 ,57 and both fuses are good and working, my steering is also still hard

  • the surgeon Dec 10, 2008

    can u specify ur last comment a little more, i didnt understand it very well

  • the surgeon Dec 11, 2008

    wow i am so impressed by your expertise, i found that dark green and yellow cable from the fuse box to the connector broke in between the fuse box and the connector, it was broke right underneath the front fender on the driver side, you are the best, I dont know how to thank you, you have helped me save a ton of money, i spliced it and put everything back together and it is all working now to perfection, i am so happy, thanks so much and may God Bless you and your family, happy holidays, thanks again

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    I have a similar problem with air ride suspension system. is the same diagnostics the same for a 95 lincoln mk viii

  • chicagocount Jan 27, 2009

    Yea, i've got the same problem! Where is the suspension computer located???? Please get a hold of me at

  • cotoyito
    cotoyito Jan 11, 2013

    i have a lincoln continental 1999, changed air bags and i realised the new bags did not bring the o ring. open the trunk to shut off the suspension, went under the car to install the seal/o ring as i pulled the air valve heard ari come out,so i changed the rear driver seal/o ring also. thinking is was fine turn the car on and now nothing works? the drier or compressor does not work and the dash board lights are off too? im going bananas here! i changed the suspension relay hoping that was the problem and nothing...HELP!



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There are 2 fuses for the air suspension module fuse #28 in the inst panel fuse box and fuse #22 in the power distribution box in engine compartment make sure the fuses are good the module controls the air susp and the variable steering if the fuses are ok you will have to see if there is power at the module pins # 1, 36, 37, 56, 57, 58

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    warlock61 Dec 10, 2008

    the pins are all spliced together dark green and yellow wires they go to connector c189 at the firewall on driver's side pin37 make sure the circuit isn't open between the fuse to the connector and the connector to the module

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    warlock61 Dec 10, 2008

    pins 36,37,56 ,57, 58 all join together to a splice in the module harness by where the harness splits off to the right rear brake sensor the dark green and yellow wire goes up to the front of the vehicle to connector C139 at the firewall on driver's side then the other side of the connector the wire goes to the fuse in the engine comp fuse box see if you have power to that connector if so there is an open from the connector to the module if there is no power at the connector there is an open from the fuse to the connector hope that helps

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    warlock61 Dec 11, 2008

    glad I could help


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Just change the compresser i want thru the same thing this past week.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

  • Jason Sep 08, 2010

    I had the exact same problemm this post really helped me out though. Same dark green wire with yellow stripe had a pregnant open wire right out the connector into the harness between the tire splash gaurd and fender on the driver side. Thanks a bunch!!!!!!!!!!!! 0$$$$$$ money spent to fix this issue, jsut some wire and electrical tape. My suspension and steering are great. I also fixed 2 other unkown wires that were about to have the same issue..

  • Ronnie Perry Sep 17, 2012

    Intermit steering hard to easy, Alternator bad.



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