If you are going to DIY on your car, you should always get the factory service
information. Chilton, Mitchell, Haynes, etc. fall very short. The FLM factory
CDs are available on eEbay for under $10. Like this one:
You can also get the paper service manuals for your car at www.helminc.com but
set will run $200+. Used books are available on ebay for ~$40.
What's wrong with your air suspension? It's a pretty simple system.
Yeah, I have the same issue, and i don't own a TC :)
Seriously, the problem is most likely the rear air springs. They develop
time where the bottom of thr bag rolls under itself. If the bags were leaking
while it usually overworks the compressor and it fails also. This is by far the
common scenario. The controller rarely fails, same for the spring solenoids and
If the compressor still runs then Order 2 rear air springs from
www.arnottindustries.com , http://www.strutmasters.com , or www.bagmasterair.com.
They are about $80 each. Also replace the dryer (plastic canister on the pump
the air lines attached) as it will be saturated from over use. It's ~$35. Don't
with used parts, they are usually bad too.
If the compressor doesn't run, first try to air up the suspension through the
schrader valve on the compressor (have the ignition on and the doors closed). If
rest of the system is working the rear bags should inflate, or you will hear
from the bags or lines. If you hear leaks or the rear raises, the compressor is
toast (A bad pump relay is possible, but again, failed compressor is more
If this were my car, I would bite the bullet and replace both springs,
and dryer. (about $210 total) This would bring the basic system back to solid.
parts are 13 years old and have outlived their life expectancy. Then if there
still problems, the rest of the parts are fairly inexpensive and available used.
For good Lincoln Tech articles and Discussion Forums, check out
www.lincolnsonline.com .There's a great bunch of people there.
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