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I have an 82 Goldwing Aspencade. The air suspension is not holding its ride height after being parked for an extended period of time. Is there a rebuild kit for the air suspension system ?

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Air Suspension ??????

Air Suspension Description and Operation
Air Suspension
The primary mission of the Air Suspension System is the following for the rear suspension under loaded and unloaded conditions:
• Keep the vehicle visually level
• Provide optimal headlight aiming
• Maintain optimal ride height
The Air Suspension System consists of the following items:
• Air suspension compressor assembly
• Air suspension sensors
• Rear air springs
Important: The Air Suspension System must have a voltage supply of at least 12.6V to operate properly.
The Air Suspension System will maintain the rear D height within 4 mm (0.15 in) in all loading conditions and the leveling function will deactivate if the vehicle is overloaded. The side to side D height variation is maintained within 8 mm (0.31 in). After ignition is turned off, the air suspension control module (ASCM) will remain active for between 30 minutes and 2 1/2 hours. The system will exhaust pressure within 30 minutes after the ignition is turned off to lower the vehicle after unloading. In a temperature-controlled environment, the leakage of the complete load leveling system will not result in more than 1.4 mm (0.05 in) drop of rear suspension height at GVWR during a 24 hour period. If the outdoor temperature drops from +20°C (+68°F) to -5°C (+23°F), the rear D height may drop as much as 25 mm (1 in). However, the Air Suspension System should return to the specified D height when the ignition is again cycled to ON.

What is the problem ?

Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Displaying
The Air Suspension system has an internal clock to prevent overheating if the compressor assembly is running for a prolonged period of time. If the system overheats, all leveling function stops until the system cools down. During this time, the indicator LED on the air inflator switch will be quickly flashing at a constant rate.
The other three diagnostic trouble codes are displayed with a blink code on the inflator switch LED. The Air Suspension Compressor Assembly shall begin to indicate the code when the condition to cause the code becomes current.
The number of the fault code shall be represented by the number of flashing pulses on the inflator switch LED. The flashing pulses shall have a repetition rate of 0.5 seconds and each code shall be separated by a 3.0 second delay. All codes shall be flashed in the order of occurrence of the fault. The blink code shall take priority over other processes that have access to the inflator switch LED. Refer to the following:
• DTC 001
• DTC 002
• DTC 003

Trim Height Uneven or Low ??????

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Air supension stays too high

There could be a couple of problems, first and easiest is the rear height sensor became disconnected from its mount. This is common because the sponsor clips on by a kinda weak spring and can be easily disconnected.also where the sensor mounts is a small round metal ball that screws onto frame and rear suspension, the balls after time wear to the point that the sensor spring cannot hold on.there's also an adjustment on the lower mount, if you move it up the vehicle will lower....then you could have a concern with the air compressor vent not allowing it to vent down to ride height. Or the vent solenoid on top of each bag stuck also not allowing it to ck it yourself, go for a short ride around the block and when you come back park on a level surface, shut off car, exit and close door....listen for an auditable click in the rear, and front left corner of car and watch the distance between rite and wheel lip, see if it drops. If it does I would be leaning towards the simple adjustment...also check thr front ride height on level surface, if you have a suspension problem on 1side of the car and it sits lower,it will throw off rear ride height. ...

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I upload the required amount of air in the suspension on my goldwing that is right for me, and its ok for a good while but all of a sudden the bike is riding low and all air is gone.. what do you thin

Check to to see if you have an air leak in the air lines from compressor to the shocks with a soapy solution in a spray bottle. If you do not fine a leak the shocks them selves may be leaking. One other thing to check is the air line that goes into the right saddle bag and check the valve core.

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Where is the ride control located on 2000 lincoln continental

Dual Action System
The suspension system incorporates a rear load leveling system that maintains the vehicle at the proper ride height under varying conditions of vehicle load, and an optional road calibrated suspension ride control system that varies the damping of the shock absorbers between soft and firm.

The rear load leveling system uses air springs to support the vehicle weight. The quantity of air in the rear air spring is controlled by the Vehicle Dynamic Module (VDM) to maintain a predetermined vehicle ride height. Each air spring has an air spring solenoid to control air flow into and out of each air spring.

The optional ride control system uses four shocks with electronically controlled actuators. The shock actuators are internally mounted on the lower bodies of the front spring and shock assemblies and the rear shocks. The action of the shock actuators is controlled by the VDM. The VDM sends a signal to an appropriate shock actuator which switches to either soft or firm damping. Normally the shock actuator setting is in a soft, luxury car mode. This is done by causing an electric current flow through the actuator, which induces electromagnetic force that moves the shock actuator from a firm to a soft position. When driving situations require, the setting is switched to a firm, high performance control mode. This is done by removing power to the actuator, allowing the shock actuator to return to he firm mode.

The shock actuators are not replaced separately. If testing indicates an actuator failure, the entire shock absorber must be replaced.

Vehicle Dynamic Module
A microprocessor controls the air suspension and ride control systems. The microprocessor and its support hardware are contained in the Vehicle Dynamic Module (VDM) . It responds to signals from various sensors in the vehicle to maintain the desired ride height while the vehicle is either moving or stopped. It accomplishes this by opening and closing solenoid valves. It also turns on the compressor through the compressor relay or opens the vent solenoid in response to signal inputs from the air suspension height sensor. It also controls the shock actuators, if equipped.

Normally, the VDM uses a 45-second averaging interval to determine when fill and vent operations are needed. However, door switch signals' inputs can override the 45-second averaging interval so fill and vent operations can begin immediately, if needed.

Air Suspension Service Switch
The air suspension service switch provides the system enable signal to the vehicle dynamic module in the ON position only.

Air Compressor
The compressor contains a thermal overload circuit breaker. The circuit breaker automatically resets after a cool down period and after being tripped by excessive compressor motor heat.

The air compressor assembly consists of the compressor pump, electric motor, and vent solenoid (must be installed as an assembly).

Air Suspension Height Sensor
The air suspension height sensor provides a continuous voltage signal corresponding to vehicle ride height. For instance, when the sensor is fully compressed, the voltage signal sent to the Vehicle Dynamic Module (VDM) is 4.5 volts. When the sensor is fully extended, the voltage signal to the VDM is 0.5 volt.

Each one of the air suspension height sensors measures the actual difference between known reference points so that the VDM can respond to variations in ride height.

If the wheel speed and travel are above a predetermined level, the shock actuators are switched to the firm position. This reduces the chance of grounding out the suspension when traveling over rough road surfaces.

Body roll during extended, high lateral-force turns (freeway exits) are also neutralized to prevent unwanted leveling actions at these times.

Air Spring Solenoid Valve
Never rotate an air spring solenoid valve to the release slot in the end cap fitting until all pressurized air has escaped from the spring to prevent damage or injury.

The air spring solenoid allows air to enter and exit the air spring during leveling corrections. The air spring solenoid valve is electrically operated and controlled by the VDM.

Vent Solenoid
The vent solenoid allows air to escape from the system during venting corrections. The vent solenoid is located in the air compressor cylinder head and shares a common electrical connector with the motor. The vent solenoid is enclosed in the cylinder head casting, which forms an integral vent solenoid housing that allows the vent solenoid tip to enter the pressurized side of the system. Air leakage past the vent solenoid tip is prevented by an O-ring seal.

When it is determined that a corner of the vehicle is high, the vent solenoid opens to provide an escape route for the pressurized air. The vehicle will not lower unless the air spring solenoid is also opened to allow air to leave the springs.

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do you have just rear air suspension? here's rear only. 4 wheel different. Deler an run a diagnostic test with WDS machine and get fault codes.
The air suspension system is designed to improve ride, handling and general vehicle performance for static, on-road and off-road driving conditions:
  • Ride is improved by using an air type spring (the soft ride is inherent).
  • Handling is improved by maintaining constant vehicle attitude.
The system consists of unique rear air springs, the air compressor, air lines, air spring solenoids, height sensor, air suspension control module, attachments and associated signals derived from both driver and road inputs. With these components and signals, the air suspension control module commands changes in vehicle height that are necessary for the load leveling features.
The load leveling feature rear air suspension (RAS) systems shall automatically make adjustments in vehicle height so that the vehicle is always at trim height and constant front-to-rear vehicle attitudes are maintained over the expected load range of the vehicle. Adjustments in height that are necessary to correct height differences between the vehicle's left and right sides for the RAS system shall be restricted to what can be reliably achieved with one air suspension height sensor.
The system uses one air suspension height sensor, a steering sensor, generic electronic module (GEM) and other vehicle sensors to measure driver and road inputs. The system changes vehicle height using an air compressor, two air lines and the use of air springs with air spring solenoids.
The air suspension system holds vehicle height when the rear hatch or any door is opened. The system stores rear vehicle height the moment any open door is detected. The system then maintains this height regardless of the addition or removal of a load. The system will return to its commanded height when all doors are closed or the vehicle speed exceeds 16 km/h (10 mph).
Air Suspension Height Sensor
One air suspension height sensor is mounted on the vehicle. The air suspension height sensor sends a voltage signal to the air suspension control module. The output ranges from approximately 4.75 volts at minimum height (when the vehicle is low or in full jounce), to 0.25 volts at maximum height (when the vehicle is high or in full rebound). The air suspension height sensor has a useable range of 80 mm (3.2 in) compared to total suspension travel of 200-250 mm (8 to 10 in) at the wheel. Therefore, the air suspension height sensor is mounted to the suspension at a point where full rear suspension travel at the wheel is relative to 80 mm (3.2 in) of travel at the air suspension height sensor. The air suspension height sensor is attached between the No. 5 frame crossmember (upper socket) and the panhard rod (lower socket).
When the air suspension height sensor indicates that the rear of the vehicle is lower than trim under normal driving conditions, the air compressor will turn on and pump compressed air to the air springs. When the sensor indicates that the rear of the vehicle is raised above trim under normal driving conditions, this will cause the air to be vented from the air springs to lower the vehicle back to its trim height level
  • Uneven vehicle height
  • Circuitry.
  • Rear pneumatic fault.
  • Air compressor assembly.
  • Air suspension control module.
  • Go To Pinpoint Test I .

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