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Rear air bags won't go back to normal after inflating

I have a 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The rear suspension bags inflated because of a loaded trunk and passengers in the back seat. It will not reduce pressure now. Is there a way to get the pressure back to normal?

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You might try shutting the car off and starting it a few times sometimes that will help

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