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Re: I have a 2001 Lincoln Towncar. The air bag light...
1st when the airbag light is on the system is disabled, so if u have an accident they will not work, as to the common cause read below. When the airbag light is on it means a fault has occurred in the system and the airbag diagnostic monitor has disabled the system, the most common problem that turns the light on is a break in the connection to the steering wheel mounted airbag, this is due to a rotating ribbon contact that breaks under the steering wheel that connects the airbag to the wiring harness and the diagnostic monitor, the part is called th clock spring contact, a coiled up ribbon electrical contact that turns with the wheel
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your bags may need replaced in the rear
i have seen this many times with several different solutions to the problem
more times i have seen the air ride bags blow out-which the compressor will stil work but with holes in the bags they will not air up
sometimes i have seen the valve go bad which i believe is located on the rear diff
My towncar is doing the same. It actually started about 6 months ago with the fuel light, which turned out to be no problem, just some air in the line. My air bags did go out last week, so it looks like I have a low rider right now:) I'm in the process of converting from air bags to springs. I had the back airbags replaced but then the dang compressor went out and I don't have the money to replace that. The check air suspension light will stay on right before you have to replace the airbags. Turn your car off then on and if it takes a little while for the light to come back on you have a few weeks to go before it goes out completely. Oh and it is a real easy fix. Its gonna cost about 200 bucks for each airbag, but if you convert it to spring it will cost about 150 in parts.
That is about a 9 hour job. The heater core in in the Heater Air plenum chamber which is behind the dash. the dash has to be removed to replace the heater core. It is an involved job. Lots of bolts, screws wireing connectord and vacume connectors to remove and un plug. Some are behind the inner fender splash guard. The book wants you to remove the complete Heater Air Plenum, But it can be done with Patience and finess.
all u have to do is what we call fooling the system.first locate the off switch for the air suspension and turn it off.its usually in the trunk on on either side ,its not hard to find. then turn the key forward as far as it will go without starting the engine.get a couple friends and get in the trunk be still and quiet then switch the switch on and listen for the compressor to come on,its located behind the driver head light so listen in that direction.once the compressor comes on wait...then when it stops turn the switch off and leave it off and everyone get out and it will have lifted as much as 7 and half inches.now if its to high just turn the key foward go back to the switch and turn it on and the car will start decending slowly but pay attention because you wanna turn the switch off about a quarter inch higher than you want it because it will settle a little after sitting or driving.i have a 94 lincoln with 8 12 inch subs thats lowered with the original airbags and i also have a 2001 lincoln lifted 8 inches with 26s using the original bags once again.[a little tip:rub down your bags with motor oil while fully inflated then wipe dry this will add around 2 to 5 years to the bags.MAKE SURE YOU wipe ALL excess oil off everything if not sand will stick and make holes quick. it is really worth it though.