I think all you troubleshooters are gonna love this one:
On a trip last week I noticed the compressor on my 97 Lincoln
Continental air suspension was running a bit more than usual. I
passed it off to the unusual situation of having four adults and
luggage in the car.
On the day of departure here's what happened:
We drove a couple of miles for coffee. All OK.
Got back into the car to return to our room to pack. The
compressor is running a lot.
We park, get out of the car, the compressor keeps running and all
four ends of the car keep rising--rising---rising. I panic and unplug
the compressor. (Flipping the switch in the trunk WOULD NOT shut it
We load the car, reconnect the compressor (which immediately pumps
again), and drive a couple of miles to breakfast. The compressor
stops shortly, and when we get out the car looks normal.
Eat a bite, drive a couple of blocks, load the car on the ferry,
and cross "Death's Door" in Lake Michigan (I'm not making that up).
The ferry lands, we drive away.
Everything goes to hell. The warning goes on, the rear goes down,
down, down, the compresser never comes back on. We endure an
uncomfortable ride home after calling the Ford garage, who advises
So now, I tinker around and discover these things:
1) I can force the compressor to run when I jumper it.
2) The front rises, the rear stays in low rider position.
3) I cannot hear ANY air leaking ANYWHERE.
This is not my first experience with air suspension. I had to replace
all four on a 92 Continental, so I well remember how they behaved with
leaks. This is different, believe me.
I've got an appointment to have it fixed, but I couldn't resist
posting this to see what the experts think.
Thanks a bunch.
David, on the Illinois prairie.
(When the Lincoln is running it's a great car. When it has