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Q: Will my Air Shocks still function ok if the compressor fails? on 2001 Pontiac Aztek

My load leveling air compressor seems to be biting the dust. It is very loud and runs a very long time before pumping up and shutting off. I do not do any towing with the vehicle and never carry heavy loads, it is simply used as an around town vehicle. I'm curious as to how expensive it would be to have the compressor replaced or if I were to disconnect the fuse for the compressor, would that ruin my shocks or would the shocks still function adequately for normal driving conditions? Thanks for your advice. John
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you may have a bad shock they have air bags on them and they usually dry rot and leak so you may not have a bad compressor
In the past I had to have the shocks replaced about 3 yrs ago because of a leaky one. The way it reacted then was the compressor would repeatedly kick on to pump up because the shock was leaking. This time it is making a very loud rattling noise which is coming from the under side of the car directly beneath the driver's seat. It will run for a long period of time before it pumps up but when it does finally shut off, it doesn't continue to kick on. It's as though the air pressure has been satisfied but it just takes it forever to get to that point. That's why I was wondering if I were to just pull the fuse for the compressor, would the shock be ok so long as I didn't haul any heavy loads. Thanks! John
Are you sure your not hearing the secondary air injection pump . It probibally won't do much damage
I'm not familiar with the secondary air injection pump, could that be the cause of the loud rattling noise I hear. Where is SAIP located. Also, where is the pump for the shocks located? Because the noise sounds like it's coming from right beneath the driver's seat from the underside. Thanks again for your advice, John
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