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"Cornering ability disabled"

Rear of the car has dropped suspension and not lifting it up. When turning the engine on it gives a warning that says "cornering ability disabled".

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With a car like that i'd go straight to a beamer garage !

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I feel unstable going at moderate speed around a corner. it doesnt feel like it hugs the road. is this because it is base GXE model?

in stability in corners can be from several reasons
The first is the quality of tires in use as all stability feelings are generated by the tire profile, tire pressure and side wall profile and the quality of the tire (for example a 195 -75 r15 tire will feel loose compared to a 195-25r15 tire which has small side wall dimension and so sits better in the corners )
Next is the condition of the shock absorber, worn out , old or not of good quality manufacturer ( shock absorbers are design to take the rebound out of springs and suspension movement and if they are of inferior quality or worn out , instead of allowing the body to roll slowly , it feels like it will fall over )
Next is the use of a stabilizer bar front and rear as this is what keeps the car feeling level on the road when cornering ( if the stabilizer bar is too thin in section it torques to easily and the movement of the center of gravity is not properly controlled and so the body leans too much instead of sitting flat)
Suspension parts , ball joints , struts , steering rod ends , bad rubbers all add to a bad feeling
another reason could be a wheel alignment or loose wheel bearings ( steering tends to dart and feel out of control when cornering)
Many cars are designed with "soft" suspension to enhance the driving experience but this type of suspension will give the feeling of uncertainty when cornering ( like being on a water filled mattress)
To get a cost of the suspension up grade you first have to know what is the reason for the bad feeling
I would suggest a full safety inspection by an accredited specialist suspension shop ( Pedders or the like ) and then a quote on the modifications that will improve drivability and cornering
a job done professionally will be a safe and legal job

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Suspencion down

Need a repair shop to diagnose the
air ride system
Can't guess form here,always need the

Aug 08, 2013 | 1994 Lincoln Town Car

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first you need to disable turn electrical power off to the air suspension system then remove air spring solenoid valve electrical connector then remove air line to the air valve solenoid. you need have have raise vechicle safely support vechicle with suspension is fully down with no load.WARNING TURN OFF DISABLE ELECTRICAL POWER TO AIR SUSPENSION IF NOT UNEXPECTED INFLATION OF THE AIR SPRINGS COULD CAUSE SHIFTING OF THE VECHICLE WHICH IS DANGEROUS CAUSE INJURY TO YOU ALSO VECHICLE, DONT WORK ALONE IF YOU ARE WORKING UNDERNEATH VECHICLE HAVE FRIEND OR SOME ONE AROUND THAT RULE A PERSONAL MECHANICS OR ANY BODY WORKING ON VECHICLES.

Sep 17, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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What's your problem?Toyota Prado Grande 2004. Hissing sound at the rear air suspension and it drops (the body). Does not happen all the time. Bounces a lot quite often noticibly on a hot day, does

If you have Air suspension this can happen. The noise you hear like from an engine is actually the airpump trying to keep up.

The hissing is air escaping and the bouncing is an indication that the suspension is not fully inflated.

There are individual bleed valves so the system can be leveled by itself. The valve on one suspension unit may be leaking. Sometimes soapy water sprayed while the part is working and again while shut off will show a leak.

Some Makes have a diagnostic plug which a scanner can read to find the problem. Often a car is jacked or lifted on a rack and someone did not turn off the Air system and knocked it out of alignment.

I hope my solution is helpful and enables you to diagnose the problem now.

Jun 06, 2012 | Toyota Cars & Trucks

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How to disable SLS and or height sensor alarm?

These are the types of problems that are caused when modifications are made to a vehicle - especially the newer models where everything is computer-controlled and several computers in the vehicle are networked together and share information with each other. Disabling one will make the next one start sounding the alarm, turning on warning lamps or and/or setting fault codes.

The only recommendation that I have is this:

If you do not want to have to REPAIR an air suspension system, DO NOT BUY a vehicle that is equipped with air suspension.
If you already own a vehicle equipped with air suspension and it breaks, either repair it properly, or trade the vehicle off. You probably cannot even GIVE the vehicle away once modifications are attempted. NOBODY will want it.

Making modifications in an attempt to get around making proper repairs usually CAUSES more problems than it fixes.

May 19, 2012 | 2004 Land Rover Discovery

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hi Andy was the car put on car lift if so they did not shut air rid switch off
there is an air rid on/off switch in the trunk left side
to fix tack car to service station put on lift before going up with
lift make shore the switch is off
go up with car until tiers leave the floor or half way up
now put car all the way down and turn switch on that should work

good luck

Jun 25, 2011 | 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII

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The car does not handle well when cornering at higher speeds, the car doesn't round the corner smoothly and feels unsafe, it is slightly better with the sport mode suspension turned on but still far from...

have a suspension specialist shop check the rear suspension bushes for failure
have the wheel alignment for the rear done as well
other items to check are wheel bearings , shock absorbers and body alignment ( possible accident damage )

Oct 19, 2017 | 2006 Porsche 911

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Whats the green `S`warning light surronded by a cog mean on the dash?

The Green "S" light on the dash is for sport mode. This can be turned on by the mode switch by the gear selector. If your vehicle is equipped with ACE (Active cornering Enhancement) Sport mode will help stiffen the suspension with hydraulic fluid. Hope this helps.

Best of luck

Jun 13, 2010 | 2000 Land Rover Discovery

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Air Suspension system Problem 1990 Lincoln Towncar

Unplugging the Connector will cause the Check Suspension light to come on as its listed as a fault as it cant run.

But with it unplugged the compressor shouldnt been able to start. If you want to kill the compressor pull its relay from the engine bay. located above the battery.

But i'd suggest correcting the fault as if those bags do pop your going to end up being grounded. as the rear will drop a fair bit!

Jul 16, 2009 | 1990 Lincoln Town Car

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Check air suspension system problem

sounds like one of the rear air bags is leaking and if you get under car and spray with soapy water from spray bottle you can find leak and replace bag or line that is leaking. turning off the pump is not a good idea the rear bags will deflate and cause the car to ride too low and cause damage bottoming out. also if the leak is not fixed soon the air compressor will run too constantly and burn out/wear out and very expansive to replace.

Jul 16, 2009 | 1990 Lincoln Town Car

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