1993 Lincoln Mark VIII having trouble inserting solenoids

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LYNN BACKHUUS
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  • 1993 LINCOLN MARK VIII
Suspension problem
1993 Lincoln Mark VIII V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic

got one to go in. Other one seems to be fighting air pressure or something. Advise. Front air solenoids.
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Friday, July 18th, 2008 AT 7:35 PM

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Tiny
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Ok, your heading was cut off. I know you are working with Suspension what are you having trouble with.
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Friday, July 18th, 2008 AT 7:38 PM
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Can get them to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the top but not far enough to turn and lock into the final notch. Is there pressure that needs to be released from somewhere? To allow them to go up all the way? Or whats up?
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Friday, July 18th, 2008 AT 7:43 PM
Tiny
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Ok, to check a couple things.

Did you remove the old O Ring.

Connection is clear and clean from debri.

Check condition of O Rings. Replace if damaged and make sure to lube.

System should have been totally depressurized when selenoid was removed. If not will be hard to get back in.
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Friday, July 18th, 2008 AT 9:09 PM
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These are 'new' solenoids, lubed with dielectric grease.
No debreis in hole. Passenger side was a bear but finally popped in. Drivers side wont pop up in even with a pry bar! Trunk switch in the 'off' position. Busted solenoid in half pushing witn prybar. I have ordered a new one. But dont have the answer to put it in. Air did release when old one removed.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2008 AT 11:37 AM
Tiny
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Ok, when you were putting the new one in you did do it in 3 stages.

1) Insert Selenoid rotate clockwise till stop

2) Push selenoid in again rotate clockwise till stop

3) Push selenoid in again rotate clockwise till stop.

If that isn't working then sounds like somthing isn't right.

Will ask for input from other techs here.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2008 AT 2:41 PM
Tiny
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Yes. Of course I go in stages. Good until 3rd stage. Solenoid flat STOPS at a level just below the necessary height to be able to turn it into the last stage top lock notch.
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Saturday, July 19th, 2008 AT 3:55 PM
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Those solenoids should install without a lot of force. Make sure you have the correct Solenoids. Once the old solenoids are removed, there should not be any air pressures in the system. Since you are having trouble installing yours, inspect the entire area to make sure there is no debris.
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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
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Ford says the solenoids are all the same. Where can I get a solenoid that is right ford wants $125.00. I paid 15 on line got passenger side in cant get driver side all the way up and in. Look like ones coming out. No debri. Weird. Lubed up too. Whyyyyyyy?
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 AT 8:58 PM
Tiny
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The aftermarket solenoids are not made with the same tolerances as the OEM parts. That may be the problem. They may look simular, but the shoulder may be thicker on the aftermarket part not allowing it to snap in.
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Thursday, July 24th, 2008 AT 2:59 PM

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