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  • 99 Continental Air Ride Problem

    Having an air ride problem and need some expert advice.

    I replaced my power steering pump a couple of weeks ago and had to jack up the front end because it can only be changed from underneath without pulling the motor. I turned off the air ride trunk switch before jacking the car. I noticed while jacking the passenger front end, the rear passenger tire came off the ground a couple of inches. Everything seemed fine after the install until a couple of days ago. The air ride pump began activating longer at startup (from 10 seconds or so before to 45 seconds to a minute now) and I observed the rear end of the car lowering completely after parked and off for a while. This morning, it was significantly colder and the "Check Air Ride" error on the dash activated. Any suggestions of what I can do from here or do I need to be looking for a rear spring kit? Thanks.

  • #2
    Sounds like a leak has sprung, you may be getting the error now because the compressor is timing out. See if you can detect an air leak.

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    • #3
      Thanks. I will check it this weekend. Is it common for air ride problems to follow repairs where the vehicle is jacked off the ground? Forgot to mention above, the car has around 130,000 miles.

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      • #4
        if I had to guess, I'd say that the two are nearly, or entirely, unrelated.

        I suppose it's possible that you had an existing crack in an air bag that was exacerbated by the additional load from jacking up the car, but I suspect you'll find that they were simply due to be replaced.

        If you can get it to inflate, get under there with some soapy water and start checking for leaks. If you can't get it to inflate, it could be the compressor itself, or the fuse that provides power to it..
        Mike Martin

        1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
        2001 Dodge Dakota

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        • #5
          Noticed about 15% of the time the air ride shocks stayed inflated while parked. Also observed when they went down, the right side was a bit lower than the left.

          Crawled under it with my bottle of soapy water yesterday and found the right side was leaking.

          Do I need to buy anything other than what is in the link below to repair this?

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/231152346020

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          • #6
            I can't speak to the brand, but assuming the rear of your car does not have the shocks integrated with the air springs, I'd think those would be a good fit, and a good price.

            Take a look under the car to make sure that what you have looks like those, and that the solenoid fittings are in about the right places. I'd go for it. It's a pretty easy job.
            Mike Martin

            1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
            2001 Dodge Dakota

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            • #7
              I looked when I was under there with the soapy water. The shocks are separate from the air ride and the air ride shocks and their fittings look identical. I will post a follow up once they are installed. Thanks.

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              • #8
                This is the air spring bag set I purchased and installed, mainly because it includes the much needed solenoid O-rings. Took about a half hour to install both and ride is perfect again. No sagging in the rear and no warning lights! Thanks for your help!

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                • #9
                  I'm glad to hear that they're working well for you. Thanks for reporting back with the results!
                  Mike Martin

                  1997 Mark VIII LSC 5.0
                  2001 Dodge Dakota

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                  • #10
                    So nice to hear an air ride problem end in a repair rather than a coil swap
                    -Bryan-
                    1998 Mark VIII LSC - 1990 Thunderbird SC 5spd - 2005 Explorer Limited 4.6L - 1995 Taurus LX 3.8L - 2003 Taurus SEL 24V - 2008 Honda VFR 800

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