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#89 of 133 Air Ride Suspension- Ford Expedition EB 2001- Check Suspension Light on
Aug 05, 2010 (4:11 pm)
I recently had my air suspension go out... and replaced at a Ford Dealer. Truck rides fine now, on coil springs. However, the "check engine" lite is constantly on now... which really bugs me. Can that be turned off? The dealer said I'd just have to live with it, but that doesn't sound right to me. Anybody have any ideas or advice on what I can do to shut that dog-gone lite off... If it's easy, I'll do it. If it's something the dealer should have done, when fixing/replacing the suspension in the first place I'll take the truck back and ask them to do it. If you've done this at a dealer, its not cheap. Any advice would be deeply appreciated. Thanks!
#90 of 133 Air Ride Runs A Lot But I Don't Think It Leaks!
Aug 07, 2010 (11:06 am)
I have read all 9 pages on here and lots of others. I have not found anyone with the sale problem as me. I don't know if this is good or bad please help!?!?!?
1998 Expedition 4x4
~Just bought the truck (there for i don't know any history)
~When i bought the truck it was sitting fine (not deflated) (reason 1 why i think there is no leak)
~It had a dead battery
~It has a junk yard air pump (can tell by the writing)
~Replaced battery with a good Optima
~When truck is running the air pump runs ALOT
~I have caught the pump running when the truck is off (not often)
~Battery will die after 2 days of not running engine
~I have been disconnecting the battery to avoid having to jump start
~I have had the battery disconnect for 2 day and truck still shows no sign of sinking in the back. (reason 2 why i think there is no leak)
~It will run 5 sec after i start the truck and it will run for 4 mins of so, then stop. And for example every 5-10 mins it will do the same.
~I will be sitting parked with the truck running and it will still do them same.
?~Why is the pump running so much if there is no leak?
?~Is it the leveling sensor? relay? Solenoid?
?~What do i need to fix. I will fix it myself i just need to know what to fix!?!?!?
I don't want to do the conversion. I did not know about the switch under the dash until this post. !!!THANK YOU!!! I will do this in the mean time. But I DO want to fix it.
PLEASE HELP! ANY INFO WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!
#91 of 133 Low Cost Coil Conversion for Ford Expedition
Nov 03, 2010 (1:27 pm)
I'm posting this info so that hopefully I can help someone who is looking for an alternative to the expensive coil conversion kits for the air ride suspension in their Ford Expedition. I did a coil conversion on my truck for $79 and a few hours of time. I have a 1999 Ford Expedtion XLT 4WD. The least expensive coil conversion kit for rear coils was $220 from Strutmasters on E-bay. I looked around and found that the Moog CC80841 would work the same as the coils sold by Strutmasters. I ordered a pair of the Moog coils from Amazon for $79. The instructions for installation are the same as those for the Strutmaster coils, and Strutmasters has the instuctions online. Just look up the coil you need on their website, and they have a tab on the product page for installation instructions.
The Moog coils work for 1997-2002 2WD and 4WD Expeditions.
Also, you will need a coil spring compressor for the installation. Auto Zone has a Loan-a-Tool program where you can borrow one for free. They charge a $35 deposit, and refund the deposit when you return the item.
If you prefer to buy the coils from a local auto parts store, they can do a look-up using the Moog item number to find the comparable brand item that they carry. We opted to order the Moog coils from Amazon, however, because they had the best price and since it's tax free, it came out to be about $20 cheaper than buying the same item of a different brand from Autozone.
The instructions that can be found online at Strutmasters do not include the instuctions for disabling the Check Susp light. You must buy their coils to get those instructions. However, I have seen instructions for removing the bulb for that warning light on this thread. We didn't even mess with the light, because quite honestly, it just doesn't bother us enough to spend the time to take the bulb out. If we sell the truck eventually, we might worry about it then.
Lastly, the ride on our new coils is great. We've had ongoing problems with the air ride suspension for the last year, so it is great to have our suspension restored.
I hope this information will help someone else.
#92 of 133 Re: Air Ride Runs A Lot But I Don't Think It Leaks! [highclass1385]
Nov 04, 2010 (3:26 pm)
Hello! I am experiencing the same problem. Did you ever get this fixed or find out why your pump kept running? Thanks I could use some help
#93 of 133 Problems with 2010 models too.
Nov 30, 2010 (9:37 pm)
Bought a new 2010 Expedition EL LTD in August 2010; the vehicle has had more than a reasonable number of quality problems. In the last few months, the vehicle will list severely to one side after being parked. The system will run the pump to level the vehicle after starting. This problem only happens once every few weeks, and I can't duplicate the problem for the dealer. Am a bit concerned when I take this rig up into the mountains next month if the problem is worsened by cold temperatures.
Wish I had read this forum before buying - and had noticed that Ford does not seem to offer the Air Ride Suspension in the 2011 model.
#94 of 133 Re: Low Cost Coil Conversion for Ford Expedition [slfranci]
Dec 27, 2010 (9:33 am)
Thank you for the extensive information regarding the Coil replacement. I located the Moog Coils, however, the parts salesman told me that the kit replacement coils were different than the moog he was selling. I noticed you needed a coil compression tool to install the coils...the instruction on strutmaster.com do not reference the need for the tool. Do you think the coils you installed are larger; and if so, could that be a problem for the vehicle?
#95 of 133 Re: Ford - Air Ride Suspension [Judodad]
Jan 05, 2011 (10:58 am)
Have to disagree with you on your last comment; I've owned three Expeditions (2001 EB, 2003 EB & now 2011) and have enjoyed each of them.
#98 of 133 2011 Air Suspension Grinding Noise
Jan 05, 2011 (10:50 am)
Hey 2011 Expedition EL owners, is anyone else experiencing a brief "grinding" noise while driving in 2H?
My dealership's Service group is telling me it is a "normal" sound that happens when the air suspension pump turns on to refill the load leveling bags.