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When should you have to replace

The level rider sensor link and compressor?

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  • smitht129 Mar 09, 2009

    Thank you. I just thought that it was weird that I have to replace my level ride sensor link and compressor so soon. My van is a 2005 Montana.

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Both components are not "service interval" items and are not changed on a schedule. You need to replace them if they fail. Most often link fails...compressors are fairly durable and should last a long time unless physically damaged (not saying they never fail, just not that often)

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Mar 09, 2009

    THANKS FOR THE GREAT RATING...JUST THOUGHT I'D NOTE THAT I HAVE A PUMP FROM A gm VEHICLE THAT WAS SCRAPPED ABOUT TEN YRS OR SO AGO,,,I USE IT AS A TIRE FILL PUMP & IT JUST KEEPS ON WORKING (WAY PAST ITS EXPECTED SERVICE LIFE, AND I USE IT A LOT!

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