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1999 Lincoln Town Car

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(1999 Lincoln Town Car)
Aren't Town Car shocks special air ride shocks? And therefore more expensive than quoted?
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on March 13, 2011
No. The air springs are special, but the shocks are pretty conventional.
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So then my question is how expensive and labor intensive are air springs or can it be compressors that keep them inflated? Are there seperate compressors?
on March 13, 2011
What problem are you having?

The system is comprised of a compressor, a drier, air lines, solenoids at each spring, air springs, a height sensor, and a control module.

If you have the tools and the proper equipment to support the suspension, you can do the job - replacing springs.

What are your symptoms?
After hitting a bump the ride gets very bouncy. It seems like it dies it on the passenger side but I could be wrong. The dealer says he replaced a compressor. Would it help if I turned the system off with that switch in the trunk?
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on March 13, 2011
Do not turn the switch off.

You could have a height sensor issue, allowing too high a ride height. You could have a compressor not venting air properly. You could have soleonids at the air springs not allowing air to adjust - more or less. The system needs a proper diagnosis from a technician that has system knowledge.
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on March 13, 2011
No. The air springs are special, but the shocks are pretty conventional.
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So then my question is how expensive and labor intensive are air springs or can it be compressors that keep them inflated? Are there seperate compressors?
on March 13, 2011
What problem are you having?

The system is comprised of a compressor, a drier, air lines, solenoids at each spring, air springs, a height sensor, and a control module.

If you have the tools and the proper equipment to support the suspension, you can do the job - replacing springs.

What are your symptoms?
After hitting a bump the ride gets very bouncy. It seems like it dies it on the passenger side but I could be wrong. The dealer says he replaced a compressor. Would it help if I turned the system off with that switch in the trunk?
Thanks
on March 13, 2011
Do not turn the switch off.

You could have a height sensor issue, allowing too high a ride height. You could have a compressor not venting air properly. You could have soleonids at the air springs not allowing air to adjust - more or less. The system needs a proper diagnosis from a technician that has system knowledge.
on March 19, 2012
If you need front shocks for your Lincoln Town car DO NOT USE regular shocks. They have to be Gas K Y B Gas-A-Just $ cost is each around 40.00. I had put on top of the line by Munro rode like sh-t,r&r with these rides like it was New.
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on March 19, 2012
FYI... they don't HAVE to be KYB; after all, an original shock from your Lincoln dealership is a great replacement, and by the way -- usually they carry a lifetime guarantee, even though no one really talks about it. That said, KYB adjustable shocks are excellent too...

Agreed about Monroe or Gabriel specifically; they aren't very specifically tuned to that vehicle; they fit multiple vehicles with the same chassis, air spring or not.

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