1996 Lincoln Continental inflated up al the way, wont deflate.
The suspension has been serviced always as needed. Two new rear bags a yr ago. everyting was fine. Yesterday morning when I satarted the car, I noticed it was inflating and inflating untill it went all the way up hard. It has stayed there. Wont deflate??
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This model has air bag suspension in place of conventional steel springs, the air bags are inflated and deflated by a computer depending on the load in the car and other factors like corning or road conditions, when this light is on it means a fault has occurred in the system and the computer turned the light ion to alert you to the problem, you will need the local Ford or Lincoln dealer to test the air ride system with a special scanner.
it should deflates only at trim height and shld stay at that level considering that there is no leak on the rear air suspension. Most probably leaking rear air suspension is the problem. The system works up to 45 minutes only after ignition off and will maintain the trim height
The compressor will only inflate once or twice and only within a half hour of the ignition being turned off. If the bags deflate over night there is a leak in the bag and will probably need to be replaced. If you get under the car and take a look at them you will likely see deep cracks in them, specifically around where they fold.
The rear air bags are probably blown, or an air line broke. The lincoln air bag systems can be expensive to repair, about $300 a side for the bags if i remember correctly. Aftermarket companies make replacement springs, getting rid of the air bag all together and at a more reasonable price. A google search will point you in the right direction to aquire parts for either direction you chose to go.
Save your self the hassle and expence of troubleshooting and replacement parts, install a suspension retrofit kit which changes the rear bags to coil springs and the front to struts. A car this old you might as well start over for less than $500.00......
First, check to make sure the air pump switch is "on" and nott turned off due to a tire change or other suspension work. Look in your owner manual for the location in the trunk. Did you just have repair work done? Also, check fuses & relays. Info in owner manual. Let us know what you find so we can help.
Basically, this system has rubber air bladders that have lines running from an electric pump that inflates or deflates the air bags (springs). There is a small computer box that reads a height sensor in the rear, It will add air if too low, and let air out if too high.
The inflatrion air valves have probably gone bad. You can buy the valves seperate from the air bags but make sure your bags are in good shape. The air valves come (or did) with the new air bags. May be time to replace the rears with new. Hope this helps, please rate me high;