After todays test I don't think the bags are leaking. My car has been
lowering quite a bit overnight.
During the day when driving the compressor runs very often. The front
air struts were replaced once by me. Today I turned off the air ride
and drove around. The car actually rose much higher than it has in a
long time with the switch turned off. Earlier today it was so low for
the first time I couldn't drive it and came back home. I'll go a few
days with the air ride switch turned off. If this solves the problem,
what problems should I be looking for? Thanks
There are aftermarket companies that sell the rear bags for ~$100 each
and the fronts for about ~$200 each. I know there are kits that can
convert the car to springs, but when mine go out, I will stay with
Because having this off eliminates uses of compresser, etc.. You can't be
getting a smooth ride and pretty soon it will be like jello on the road. I
am no mechanic. I love this car and have ownwed 3 of these. But that
suspension service light scared the dickens off me.
I have heard alot of people doing the conversion. Would seem like an
investment to do such a thing.
I'm just curious why everyone thinks the bags are leaking. Two days
ago I turned the air ride off and since then
the car has maintained proper height.
If you turn the switch off and it doesn't drop while driving, the air
springs are fine. If it does drop, it is the air springs for sure (or
leaking o-rings at the spring solenoids).
Look for leaks with soapy water. Kids bubbles is a perfect mix for
this. Pay attention to the lines at the spring solenoids, at the top
of the dryer and where the dryer connects to the compressor. It is
best to do this when the compressor is running, as the lines vent when
the compressor is off. The orings at those connections can be
Check out the Tech section at www.lincolnsonline.com for tons of info
on your air suspension.
The front sunk after 6 days compared to sinking every day. The colder
the weather the more sensitive it is.
Today it wouldn't rise at all when the compressor was running. I'm
going to proceed with my conversion
that I already bought months ago. I expect it will be much better than
what I have now but I know it won't be
as good as the original design. I'm not a particular person. The
reviews that I have read about the conversion that
I bought look great as far as what the people had to say that
installed them. Now I just have to wait for my friend
to have some free time to help me install them. Thanks for all the
great info here. I'll report back on this.
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