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Lincoln Navigator Air Suspension Parts If you've found this page, you must be experiencing some type of Lincoln Navigator air suspension problem. This model Lincoln came from the factory with a 4 wheel automatic load-leveling air suspension system and is extremely temperamental. The part that always seems to throw people for a loop is the diagnostic part. It's been our experience over the years, that only 1 in 20 mechanics are good at diagnosing an air suspension system, and yes, this even includes the techs at the dealer! The problem with this model Navigator is that it is by far the worst designed and most expensive air system to maintain that has ever rolled out of the Blue Oval. This can be realized with a quick call to the dealer and inquire on some Lincoln Navigator air suspension parts. At almost $3k for 4 Lincoln Navigator Airbags, you'll see real quick this is an expensive system to maintain.
If your vehicle is somewhere around 10 years old, it's decision time on whether to continue to pour big money into a train-wreck of a system.......or install a Lincoln Navigator Air Suspension Conversion Kit and be done with the problem forever. end of chapter....end of story. Our kits require no drilling, cutting or welding. They come with easy to read illustrated instructions and offer a toll-free tech line in case the installer gets stuck on something during the install.
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR AIR SUSPENSION PROBLEMS
DOESN'T WORK WHEN IT'S COLD
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, if it has Air Suspension, it WILL be affected by Cold weather one day.....especially when the vehicle gets older!
How does the cold affect a car that brand new costed $70k? Depending on the design & type of the system, some problems are caused by deteriorated rubber parts like an airbag. An air suspension equipped vehicle utilizes a rubber airbag and in the automotive field is called a Rolling Lobe type. In time, the rubber airbag will develop cracks because of dry rot, on the fold of the rubber, mainly on the area where the rubber has been folded over most of its life.
The picture below shows a typical rubber Lincoln airbag. Notice the cracks of the rubber, where the rubber folds around.
While most people assume a Lincoln airbag is about the same thickness as a tire, in reality, most rubber airbags used in an automotive air suspension systems are only 2mm thick! Being that most airbags last 7-10 years before they start leaking, that's actually pretty good service considering what it deals with in its lifetime. Ask yourself this....how many things do you know of, can endure this type of punishment and survive 7-10 years? Remember, these airbags are under the car 24/7...365....in a hostile environment so to speak. They never get cleaned, never get any type of conditioner on them. To last that long is a testimony of how high-tech a rubber it really is.
Another problem is in the design of the system. When Ford 1st started with air suspension back in 1984, those vehicles had a simple enclosed and sealed for life Lincoln airbag. With this type of design, unless the rubber got power steering fluid on it or rubbed on something, you can bet it would last 10 years or more, depending on how much time the vehicle spent parked in a garage.
During its lifetime, if the solenoids were never removed -OR- they were removed and were resealed(small o-rings) before being installed, weather really didn't have much of an effect on that general design. This is because each end of the rubber airbag was permanently sealed to it's base, using a metal crimp ring and at least a $25,000 crimping machine. The downside was the replacement cost of the unit. In the case of the front Lincoln airbag on the Lincoln Mark VIII or of the Lincoln Continental, the replacement cost was high. But, if you factor in the lifespan of each design, the old sealed for life design gives you way more bang for the buck because of its darn near bullet-proof design.
The new style Lincoln Navigator Airbag, has a plastic base on both ends. It has a hollow middle and it slides over and onto a metal strut......sealed only by a couple big o-rings. In cold weather, the metal on the strut contracts more than the plastic of the airbag base.....which results in a leak where the o-rings are suppose to seal.
With this design, quality replacement Lincoln Navigator Airbags are a MUST! Even if you did replace a Lincoln airbag with the Best Quality New Ford O.E.M. part, with this design your still not guaranteed a leak-free system....especially in cold weather. The reason is tolerances. All it takes is a single replacement Lincoln airbag base to be .001 too big......and you have an almost guaranteed winter-time leak. This is the whole reason why we won't sell an aftermarket airbag with this type of design. If there's one thing the Chinese ARE NOT known for....it's quality control. In my experience, if you acquire 4 Chinese replacement airbags, you may get lucky and have 1 the absolute right size, which will seal correctly. The others leak all the time.....and some won't leak.....they pour when the temperature drops!
Convert your vehicle to a conventional coil spring suspension with our Air Suspension Conversion Kit! Our kits require no drilling, cutting or welding. They come with illustrated instructions and offer a toll-free tech line in case your mechanic gets stuck on something during the install.
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