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Air ride suspention front 1996 lincoln continental

Compressor no longer kicks in to raise front end ,dont know if its shocks or wher the air compressor is located to evn check it .there is power to the 20amp fuse located ondrivers side next to battery

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  • chrisyescoba May 10, 2009

    i have a 1996 lic continental, i wanted to know if you know how much will it cost me the fix the air suspension, i think its the motor or pump when you turn on the car you can hear it tyring to work, we had the car on a ramp for a day or so and the car just wont lift up any. If you can please help or tell me a price

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Need to know where the air compressor fuse is located?

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The air pump is located in front of the radiator reservoir on the passenger's side - with the power steering reservoir between the two.

The air ride is turned on in the truck. The panel in located on the opposite side from the gas tank input (inside the trunk) behind a door. It should be marked on the door.

Make sure the air ride is enabled. turn the ignition key on, You don't need to start the vehicle. After about 5 seconds the air compressor should engage. You don't always hear it when it's running well. Since the engine is off, you should be able to hear any leaks in the air system.

Possible causes:
Hole/crack is air spring
Hole or broken air line or coupling
Failed air compressor

The rear suspension should use the same air system. If the pump is 'out' then the rear will also fail to adjust, But since it is on a separate air-line and valve system, it will continue to operate when the front has air leaks. And vise versa.

One pump
Two suspension systems - Front/Rear
Four air springs - One for each wheel

Another possible problem:
Your front wheels have a censor to indicate the height of the vehicle from the ground (basically). If this come unclipped, your system will think It's too high and will not add air to bring it to normal height. This usually happens on ONE side causing the vehicle to 'lean' or seem to. One side will have the wheel up in the wheel well, and the other will be a bit more gap between the wheel and the wheel well, but may seem to be 'low' too. On the side which is lowest, turn the wheel that direction and look on the front of the suspension arm for the sensor. it should be attached top and bottom.

If the clips have failed, there are no replacements available from the dealer, and replacement of the sensor is required.

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It sounds to me like your compressor got killed. What probably happened is that the airbag got a hole or tiny crack in it so the compressor has to work extra hard because it is like blowing up a balloon with a hole in it. Therefor the airbag killed the compressor. I would recommend going to strutmasters.com and taking a look at our conversion kits. these convert you from the airbag to a powder coated American made steel coil spring that is guaranteed to last the life of the car. I added the link below so you can check it out.
http://www.strutmasters.com/lincoln-suspension-parts-s/1.htm

I hope I was of some help
Good Luck!!!

Posted on May 06, 2009

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