Question about 2004 Lincoln Town Car
Air suspension problem compressor does not turn on to fill up air bags.
have checked all fuses, all are ok. checked compressor it is ok but still not starting.any suggestions
This is a very common problem with all Lincolns. The air ride suspension are marketed as a luxury-comfort item but most do not know that they have a 100% failure rate and are designed to fail as shortly after the warranty expires as possible. The air bags that support the weight of the vehicle are not designed to withstand temperatures below 40 degrees or above 94 degrees and are very prone to dry rot. Once the bags start getting tiny cracks and leaks they start overworking the compressor. (Picture trying to blow up a balloon with holes in it.. you will try for as long as you can but will ultimately have to give up) These air ride systems can be very difficult to accurately diagnose the first time and consequently very expensive. Most people seem to be converting to a passive suspension system these days as the ride quality is too similiar to notice a difference and the reliability is paramount. http://www.strutmasters.com offers a high quality conversion kit that utilizes powder coated American steel coil springs that are actually designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. http://www.strutmasters.com/lincoln-suspension-parts-s/1.htm there is a direct link to the Lincoln page. I hope this helps save some of you a little bit of grief and a lot of money in the long run!!
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
Typically with these systems, compressors run fine until a leak is introduced somewhere else in the air ride system. Primarily the air bags (made of a rubber not designed for long term exposure to temperatures below 40 or above 90 degrees) start to dry rot and get tiny cracks and pinholes on the inside fold of the air bag which can make it very hard to properly diagnose. There could be so many problems with this system that it seems like most people are choosing to convert it. http://www.strutmasters.com offers a high quality conversion kit that is DESIGNED to last the LIFETIME of the vehicle and come with a lifetime warranty. Basically you convert to to a passive coil spring system like PLENTY of other cars out there. Manufacturers didn't invent the air ride for safety (air rides actually try to fight natural physics when the car leans naturally through a turn). They invented it as a luxury-comfort item that would fail shortly after the warranty has expired (typically) and force consumers to put more money into the dealer's shops pockets. Free yourself from the air system and never worry about your suspension again
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
Compressor does not turn on
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
Check or replace the height sensor located in front of the rear axle expensive $180.00 that is what turns on your compressor, compressor around $300.00
Posted on Mar 19, 2009
Check the relay, the fuse is still good, check the self leveling switch on top of the rear end
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
Where can you get a used compressor
Posted on Jun 02, 2009
My car rear air suspension will not lift the rear end
Posted on Feb 24, 2009
PUT COIL SPRINGS UNDER IT OUT OF MARQIS VICTORIAN BEST FIX RIDES GREAT NO DIFFERENT LOOKS THE SAME.
Posted on Dec 26, 2008
Check for switch in trunk on passenger side of vehicle.
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
Tried that still wont do anything
Posted on Feb 24, 2009
No air getting to air bag, have changed fuses and put in new air bag
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
Check the induction coil of the rectifier. See if sufficient charge is being developed to start compressor. If this initial surge is being delivered via any capacitor, then have that checked too.Since the compressor is not starting finally check the compressor by giving it power directly from the battery, appropriately stepped down if necessary.........sodeep
Posted on Jun 14, 2009
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