This is more of a statement, then a question. For all of you that have the Air ride system in there cars. I have a 1992 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL. About two years ago I started to have problems with my air ride system. I would hear the compressor come on, while I was driving, and run for a few minuets, then stop, and then a little while later, go on again. This went on for some time, with it happening more and more. After a while I would some times come out and find my car down on one side in the front. I found that I had a leak in my air bag on that front strut. So I replaced it with a used one from the junkyard. That was fine till the other side started to leak, and then I had to replace that one. This lasted about 3 months and then my second replacement started to leak also, so I had to go buy another used one and replace it. The next year, once again it started to leak again. At this time I went and bought 4 standard type coil over replacement struts and pulled all 4 air rides out and put in the replacements. I will tell you two things. First, my car handled like it was a sports car, I had never had it corner so well, but also, it now ran like a lumber wagon, compared with how it was with the air ride system. I will say that people that had never ridden in my car before, and did not know how it use to ride, did not have any complaints about the ride, to them it seem normal. I will say that it cost 1/3 the amount to change over to the standard system, from what it would have cost me to buy 4 new air ride struts and replace them. So you have to choose for yourself, which is the most important. The ride, or the price. I for one am not unhappy with my choice. It is not a hard job to replace the units. If you have some auto ability to begin with. My son and I were able to do it in one afternoon. In the garage. You will have to do a little wire job on the air ride control box in the trunk, or your air ride light will stay on in the dash.
have the same problem?
Thursday, April 13th, 2006 AT 12:33 PM