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Lincoln Town Car, Sedan
#1 of 17 air susp light goes on every 30 mins in last 2 days
Sep 29, 2002 (4:11 pm)
For the last year I've noticed the compressor for the rear air susp. turning on more regularly. 2 days ago the air susp light illuminated on the dash--as per manual--I turned on off the trunk switch--the light turned off. Then only to return "on" in 30 miles, or so, of driving. This probably is either a leaking "O' ring, line, or bags. Does anyone have experience with this prob. Cost estimates, Repair by Bagmaster, or metal Spring conversion? I'd like possibly to consider the springs as a less expensive alternative. Has anyone done this? Who (company) would obtain/replace the bags with springs.(Midas?) 1992 Lincoln Town Car
Sep 30, 2002 (6:46 pm)
This is so specific and limited in scope, that I'll bet if you posted the problem under a Lincoln topic you'd find someone with experience in this matter.
Sep 30, 2002 (6:54 pm)
The shocks are shot, it costs about $1000 to get them replaced. I have a friend that just had it done. It's a common problem with the Town Car and Grand Marquis. I don't think that they make a replacement springs for the air bag shocks, but there might be a coil over set up out there.
Oct 01, 2002 (6:24 am)
Do you have a true air ride system that uses air bags in place of the coil springs or do you have the coil springs with air adjustable shocks? This makes a HUGE difference in the price of a repair.
#5 of 17 Lincoln air suspension
Oct 01, 2002 (7:02 am)
A friend has a Lincoln with air suspension-said the system costs $1k/corner plus labor. He did not know of any aftermarket products. Do a search on Google.
#9 of 17 Lincoln rear Air- Suspension
Oct 02, 2002 (4:20 pm)
Thank you for the answers. I really appreciate all of you! I got frustrated after talking to Bagmasters--$190-229 per bag, $38.50 Diagnosis--then conversation on maybe needing a new compressor--Even after I told them it was pumping fine, they said they would check to see if it was enough--otherwise about $300 for a new one. That got me very nervous!! I found a mechanic yesterday, who replaced the bags with coil springs (one was "flat"--no air), with an aftermarket spring kit. It's probably like a CV or GM now. $106 for the springs, $60.50-labor, with tax-$177.28 out the door. Car is fine--not quite as good as the air-but a plenty fine ride for a '92 T/C. The bags came out--springs fit in nicely after releasing the shock attachment bolt and dropping the axle to insert it. The instructions for the spring replacement of the air bags and the inst. for turning off the air susp. light on the dash were included (and easy) in the spring kit. The kit is made by Federal-Mongul Corp.(made in USA), "Cargo Coil" CC849, if anyone else is interested. Thank you, Again.
Oct 02, 2002 (8:03 pm)
And thank you for the report. It is reassuring for others to not "fear" Lincoln suspensions as money sponges!(:o]