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Hi, bmw 528i 1997 rear air suspension wont pump up. pump ok can be by-past by operating relay and air valve,so unit in boot ok and so can be pumped to hight. light on dash says its broke (has for 2 yrs!! ) and its right! hight senders are ok as both sides failed. where is the control for the system? fuse ok in boot are there any more? Does any body know what triggers the pump always seemed to come on at radom times wether the ingnition was on or not, any ideas welcome like buy a nice car with springs!!

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    There are no cracks its an eletrical problem but I need to know where the control is

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Hi,
found this website here that shows a few locations, sorry I dont have more time, looks like a good website though

http://data.bmrparts.com/bmwparts/3989.html

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It might have some cracks check thoroughly,bring it to service center...thank you!!!

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