any short cuts on the lincoln air sustpension......???

friend's car.....91 lincoln T.C. fuel pump is bad, so vehicle can not be driven on it's own power.
on the air suspension......
the usual routine - air bags leaked, air pump is locked up........
looking through an after market manual, it mentioned an air valve around the compressor that you could put air in into to inflate the air bags but i haven't found any place in the system to do so.
the rear end is siting on the axle and makes it next to impossible to put on a tow dolly to bring over to where i can make the repairs.
so, that leads up to the question. is there a short cut to where air can be in put into the system to inflate the air bags to allow them to stay inflated even on a temp. basis? just need to get rear end lifted so it doesn't drag the ground.
thanks in advance,
~ curtis
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IIRC it should have a shrader valve on top of the pump itself. Each air bag also has a solenoid on it which needs to open to allow air in or out of the bag. If the motor is locked up it has probably blown the suspension fuse. I think you'll need to replace that fuse so the computer can open those solenoids. Unplug the motor first so it doesn't pop that fuse again.
Open the door and turn the key on and shut the door. Apply shop air to the shrader valve and the rear end should raise to normal ride height before those solenoids close.
I believe this will work but have never tried it, I normally just fix the suspension. Bob
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Bob wrote:

Many pumps don't have the schrader valve. Be aware that if the air bags are leaking badly you may have trouble keeping the rear up when loading it. If your pump has the valve you may be better off replacing the air bags before transporting the car. On a Towncar they are super easy to replace. Check out http://www.arnottindustries.com/ . You can replace the bags and compressor for ~$300.
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thanks for the replies - i've looked on the compressor but haven't found the valve. that is why i posted - thinking that i was looking in the wrong place.
like you said, the bags are easy to replace. i can pull the bags and put in springs in less than 90 minutes for both sides, but didn't really want to do that where the car is sitting. that is why it would be nice to hit it with some compressed air, fill up the bags and load it up. the bags did go down slowly, so they would hold for the duration of the tow.
does anyone has any information on what years the shrader valve was on the compressor or maybe what model numbers?
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