This model Continental came with a front & rear air leveling, 4 wheel adjustable dampening system all wrapped into one. While the actual repairs aren't super complicated on this vehicle, finding someone that can actually diagnose the system is very hard to find. What happens the majority of the time, is that they want to throw parts at the vehicle until they either luck-up and fix it....or you run out of money! We have found that only 1 in 20 mechanics are efficient on these systems. American Air Suspension can assist you or your mechanic in diagnosing the system and even supply you with the best affordable replacement air springs, air compressor, dryer and solenoids if you are set on keeping the car original with the air suspension.
For those who want to watch how much they spend on a 20+ year old car, we also offer an affordable kit where you convert your vehicle to a conventional coil spring suspension. No unexpected suspension failures, no specially trained tech to diagnose, just a good old fashioned suspension any mechanic can work on!
Typical Problems with a 1995-1996 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL:
#1) Air Suspension Compressor starts out pumping, then shuts off & check Suspension Light on
Probably one of the biggest problems when the '95 and early '96 Continentals first came out, is a problem with
the wires breaking in the harness going to the front solenoids. The car may want
to operate normally until a certain height, then all the sudden the "check
suspension" light will come up on the display and the compressor will shut
off. This break occurs approx. 3-6 inches away from the connector itself.
a scanner is connected and the codes are pulled, the code(s) will be somewhere
like 1823 or so. Ford makes a nice kit to repair both sides, but it is expensive.
#2) In time, ANY air spring will need to be replaced. With the older style "sealed for life" type air springs, after it was replaced, you can bet it was good to go for many years afterwards. Due to the design of the air spring assembly on this vehicle, if just 1 of the many seals aren't replaced before the replacement air spring is installed, all that money, time & effort will be waisted. That's right, by not replacing 1 or more of the seals, the leak may even be worse than it was with the old air spring! With all the professionals out there, why even bring this up? Because mechanics are on 100% commision where time is money. Most won't feel the need to spend a few minutes replacing these seals.