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Air ride compressor runs when i shut off engine car is level no change in height when running just runs all the time had to unplug it to get it to quit but ride is still ok does this mean that the compressor is bad or??? 1993 buick park avenue

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There is a switch under the rear of the car that actuates the compressor when the ride height falls below a preset level. The switch could be out of adjustment from being hit with road debris, causing the compressor to run al this time. Or there could be an air leak causing the air shocks to be constantly trying to raise the ride height. If there is an air leak, the back of the car would be much lower than the front, but still maintain ride quality.

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Exactly where is the switch

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If the compressor still fails to come on, you'll need to unhook the harness connector at the compressor. Again, with the key ON, engine OFF, height sensor compressed connect a voltmeter to the Dark Green wire on the chassis side of the harness connector (there are four wires to the compressor. 2 wires are for the electric motor to raise the car, and 2 wires are for the Vent solenoid the releases air pressure lowers the car) and ground to see if the compressor is being told to turn on by the height sensor. If it is being commanded on and supplied electricity, and still doesn't make noise or pressure, then replace it off a similar year GM vehicle that has rear air suspension (Cadillacs, Buicks, Oldsmobile Auroras). As long as the compressors are the same, you can just remount it in your car's mounting bracket assembly and save some $$.

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What is odd is the compressor stopping after so short a time. It may be your only problem.

When you have a leak in the system, the compressor keeps running because the sensors do not signal for it to shut off. On your vehicle it is either being told to shut off prematurely or the compressor is triggering a circuit breaker.

There are ride height sensors on the rear. If the vehicle was lifted without turning off the Air ride, the sensors may have been stretched.

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