Chassis / Suspension & Steering Making Noise When driving Not applicable
Q: As of yesterday, my "ride control" light stays on. I purchased this car in July 2000, initially when I started the car, the compressor would stay on for about 6 seconds or so. Now it stays on for about 2 mintues. After it shuts off the "ride control" light stays on and the ride is really rough (I can feel every bump). I can hear a rubbing sound in the rear tire. Every now and again the compressor will go on again for about a minute while driving then shut off. When I shut off my car and get out, it sits really low to the ground. I've been reading various things on the internet, from people with similiar problems, they mention things like struts, shocks, compressor, and air suspension system. I'm really not sure exactly whats wrong, can you help? I called a dealer and asked for a quote on a new air suspension system, he quoted $1100.00, is he taking me for a ride or would it be more economical to go to someone like "Bagmaster"? help!
A: Carol, the biggest problem in these cars is that they get raised on a hoist for an oil change or service before first shutting of the air ride suspention (in the trunk) and needs to be adjusted. Next in line of problems is a leak in the system. Usually rear shock. Ed
Chassis / Suspension & Steering Malfunction Happens sometimes Not applicable
Q: the rear of my 1992 lincoln continental leaks down you can hear air leaking from the left rear strut.my question is could this be any thing that would not require replacing the strut
A: Sounds like you have an air ride suspension and it may have a tear in the rubber cushion this can be expensive but will make it ride better when fixed.
Q: I have an oil leak in the neighborhood of the oil filter adapter. how does that part fit onto the block. I have checked the ring on the filter, the leak appears to be at the junction of theoil filter adapter and the block.
A: Depending on which engine you have in your car the adapter is either pressed into the block or held on with bolts that are accessable after removing the oil filter.
Q: The front shocks / struts use air bags for load adjustment,
and there is a hole in the air bag.
Do you know if the airbags are available seperatly, or
should I expect to buy the entire strut/shock assemblies?
A: From memory I think the air bags are serviced separately by Ford......good luck...Ed
Q: I have a 1989 lincoln continental that has a miss when driving. I recently had a diagnostic test done and was told that it could be a EVP sensor. The only thing i need to know is where it is located. I have a chilton auto manual, but it does not tell me where this sensor is located and does not tell me anything about it.
A: The EVP sensor is the small device on top of the EGR valve.It is held on with 3 small bolts,and is usually gray or black.make sure the EGR valve is not stuck while you have it off.
Chassis / Suspension & Steering Malfunction Not applicable Not applicable
Q: I have a 1989 Lincoln Cont. and was told the rear struts needs replacing. Do I have to change both rear or just the one that is leaking? Not long ago I was looking on the internet and found a place who has conversion kits for the air ride suspension(priced at $450.00 for the set) and now I cannot find the site, have you heard of this and where may I find them?
A: You would be money, time and trouble ahead if you replace both bags at the same time - aren't they both the same age? Think you want to look for the site called bagmaster at: http://www.bagmasterair.com/home.html
REPLACE NOW! Otherwise the leaking bag causes the air pump and moter to run too much, and it burns out - bagmaster gave me a deal of both bags, AND the pump/motor for $500 - replaced in an afternoon with myself and my daughter - EASY, but on the towncar one needed a smallish hand to reach in there and make all the connections.
Electrical / Lighting Systems Other When starting Not applicable
Q: At startup, DTE 0 (miles) message comes on the computer display, with associated warning 'beebs', when gas gets about half a tankful (around 12 gallons)..... most annoying.
Any cures besides replacing whole computer assembly?
A: If the message is that you are low on fuel, I would check the condition and reading of the fuel tank sending unit....
If the message is reading and reporting correctly, don't "fix" anything....... Ed
Electrical / Lighting Systems Other Not applicable Not applicable
Q: Where is the diagnostic pigtail located so that it may be grounded to run a suspension test?
A: from what I've been told... The '86 Lincoln Continental utilizes the EEC-III computer and requires a Rotunda Breakout Box to rip the codes.
The diagnostic pigtail you're inquiring about is a component of the EEC-IV computer, which is reported to have been implemented on the Continental starting in '87.