Re: how to take rear shocks off of a 98 lincoln town car...
You need a long reach 15mm or 17mm spanner, if you turn your air ride of jack the rear of the car look just over the rear wheel you will see the top of the shock, but if it turns then just cut the plastic cover on the shock & use mole grips to hold & turn the shock this should take about 25 mins to do the whole job both sides.
Regards Paul www.limotec.co.uk
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I have learned from experience. I replaced the air bag suspension ($75) on my 2000 Town Car and then learned that I had a problem with the compressor. Then decided to replace system with coil springs. Went on ebay and got a conversion kit (Air Ditcher) that included the shocks ($123) with free shipping. My mechanic replace the bags with the coils for $40. He said that with the shock replacement it would be $120 because the top of the rear shocks were hard to get to. So the whole job should have cost $163. No more worries!
I have a 2000 Lincoln Town car, had the same problem, it was the rear air suspension/shocks. They are air bags basically that levels your car and it cost about $300.00 for each at the dealer for parts and install but it also has its own motor that inflates and deflates these air bags and I also had to replace that and that cost over $400.00 installed at the dealer.
Is there a spring on the outside of the shock???? If so then it is really a strut and you will have to take it to a qualified service dealer. If no spring, it is pretty easy to do. Jack up the car, put jack stands under the rear axle, remove the nut on the bottom of shock and the bolts on the top and slide the shock out. Install the top of the shock first (if a gas shock) when you cut the wire tie that is holding the shock compressed, you have to line it up with the bottom bolt as it is coming down.
jack up car support good with stands. unbolt shocks bolts top & bottom . replace with new ones . put bolt in top hole of shock / cut band on shock when released guide in bottom hole put bolt in hol. e tigthen bolts 35bs . repeat on other side.
I have serviced these in the past and it will probably be a combination of things. I just a few weeks ago fixed a 1999 with the same problems. Generally from past repairs, the electric pump has been working overtime to compensate for leaking rear air shocks. The best solution is to replace them both, not a cheap repair, the pump around 275.00 and each shock arount 275.00.
Just with every thing over time things fail, the rear shocks develop leaks over time/weather cracks, they are easy to check, soapy water will identify this as the problem. If you can get under it enough to spray around the bottom of the shocks when they are inflated. These systems are computer controlled and if you have the proper scanner you can check the system out for eletrical problems easily. My past experiences with these suspensions as almost always the shocks and pump.
i installed the kit from strutmaster rides and drives great, did it in my garage in less than 2 hours,only problem is the airsuspension light you are suppose to clip keep light on,and will need to go to lincoln to turn offmbut does not effect anything on car so i just drive with suspension light on.