Re: air ride suspention front 1996 lincoln continental
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.
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.
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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Re: air ride suspention front 1996 lincoln continental
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
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The compressor will turn on when the rear air shocks are low. These shocks will begin to leak with age, and if new, can be damaged if you raise the rear end without disconnecting the battery. The shocks will fill with too much air and create a leak. If your motor runs continuously, you may need to replace the shocks. May also have a leak in the air hose going to the compressor. Check the fitting. Short fix would be to disconnect the power going to the compressor, but your ride will suffer.
The 97 Caddie Seville STS has an air compressor located under the car just in front of the passenger side muffler, above the crossmember. It is a pretty weak compressor, and is only designed to slowly fill up the shocks. Probable issues are a blown compressor, or leaky shocks. Before replacing either make sure you have power going to the compressor, and air going to the shocks. No power to the compressor could be caused by a bad wire, relay, connector or fuse all of which are cheaper to fix. If you have power, check the little air lines leading to the shocks from the compressor to see if you have a leak. Airlines are much cheaper than shocks.
rear compressor use to come on often(heard "minor" left rear air leak after stopping and shutting car off). The compressor always came on at start up. after a well loaded family camping trip, the compreesor stopped comming on. when we arrived and I unloaded the cargo, the compressor came on and raised the rear end of the vehicle after unloading the "camping stuff" the compressor came on and re-leveled the car. After trip home and unloaded, the compressor no longer comes on, although car is level and rides nice, but when people used to get in the back seats, the compressor came on and slightly raised the vehicle. I found no blown fuses. would dealer codes say bad compreesor or is there a way to check the compressor? also if I replace the shocks with ones that do not require the compressor, will I be able to ever pull a heavely load car or tow anything without dragging/sagging? any information or insight would be much appreciated... thanks in advance
I have a 2001 Expedition, I don't have air bags in the front, the compressor don't work the air shocks. You have rear leveling. When they replaced the (compressor) did they turn the leveling switch back on. you may have air shocks connected to the compressor. Did the rear go down right after or over a couple of days. If the switch is on, turn it off and jack the rear up quiet a bit, make sure both side are quiet equal with each other, like it would be if it where raised by the air bags. Turn your level switch back on with it jacked up or sitting on stands. It may have went down so much that the compressor can't raise them back up.
I have owned several air suspension vehicles. My Expedition was similar to yours. You may want to try the 4x4 switch because it will raise the body 1-2 inches higher. Checking its fuse would not hurt.
On most of my vehicles the suspension would work end to end, raising the front first. You could have 2 issues with the suspension. There should be valving to switch the air to the rear suspension after the front is up. I would wait longer for the rear to catch up.
If I had to guess why the front lifts first it would be to get the front off of the curbs and sidewalks when you park so the bottom doesn't drag.
There is a diagnostic plug for the air suspension and sometimes Autozone or Oreillys have the scanner for that special plug. If not, some alignment shops and all dealers would have it. Also Ford parts are often the same as Lincoln and cheaper., Someone may make aftermarket parts at a better price.
Electronic Brake Control Module, I really don't understand why they would change this module if your message stated,Ride control, The ride control on the tahoes is an airbag (air powered shocks)
leveling system. If I remember right, they are only in the rear. They
are meant to raise or lower the rear end to be level with the front end.
To do this, it has air shocks in the back, which are controlled by a
computer and a compressor probably under the hood. Now, the light could
mean many things, the most common being that an airbag broke, and air
is leaking out. You may be able to hear a whine of the compressor
trying to keep it filled. Less common, but possible are that the
compressor is dead, or a line ruptured. The most common reason that the
air shocks go out, are when the vehicle is lifted (tire change or such)
without the leveling system being deactivated. Hope this helps. Good
height sensor is a sensor that control air compressor on air shock.it keep vechicle level.if height sensor senses distance between frame and suspension .it will admit air to shock by controling the air compressor.check the air shock on driver side.BESURE TO TURN OFF ELECTRICAL POWER TO AIR SUSPENSION BEFORE RAISING VECHICLE.
I am currently going thru this nightmare with this ford piece of ****. I would like to stick a bail out up a ford execs ***. Try going 12 volts to the compressor, if you get noise, and it is running, then it is a relay, which is located behind the pass headlight, in the front of the pass wheel housing. My current problem is that I can get the compressor running thru 12 volts, vehicle raises and is level, with no air leaks as the height holds. I believe I have either a defective harness or another bad relay. There are 2 little shock type adjusters, one is in the middle mounted to the rear axel, the other in the front, mounted to the drivers side upper c/arm. they pop off easily. pop one off, prp it so it senses a load and see if the vehicle raises. the reverse will induce a lowering. any other quesions, email me 2 firstname.lastname@example.org
There's a lever that connects the driver-side rear shock to the Automatic Level Control module (the air compressor and the ride-height sensor). Disconnect the lever from the shock and rotate it up and hold it. The compressor should kick in when you hold in place after a few seconds. If it doesn't kick in, make sure your fuses and relays are good. Otherwise, you may have a failed ALC module/burned out air compressor (from the shocks being shot). After you replace the shocks (and after you recouped from the heart attack you had when you shelled out $500+ for each shock), replace the ALC module/compressor (it's all one unit), and test it - it should kick on when you rotate the lever up again.
Figure about $350 for the ALC module from your dealer, and make sure the part numbers match! Your truck came with an upgraded ALC module from the 2001-2004 module, which were prone to water damage.