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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 07:54 AM
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For some reason, my rear shocks have decided to be fully extended, i.e., I need a ladder to get in the trunk. I had been hauling sand bags around for weight, but I took them out when the weather got better--maybe they messed up the system? At any rate, I don't hear the compressor running or anything; they're just up there. I could understand it being squished down, but why is it raised up?
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 08:19 AM
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wonkey?

I've seen this happen to a wagon once or twice. IIRC, there is a release valve which is supposed to open when the sensor arm detects that the ride height is too high. The valve releases air pressure to lower the shocks. What I don't remember is what had to be done to fix it. Not much help, I know, sorry. [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
post #3 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 09:09 AM
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Wonkey?
 
post #4 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 09:32 AM
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replace them with real shocks and never look back. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #5 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 09:54 AM
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You have a defective 'exhaust solenoid' (up at the compressor) that releases pressure when demand is removed. Not aware of new replacement - probably some yard time in your future. Or, much preferably just do what (Magnum) says with Bilstiens and Airlift 1000s.

Very very very better.
post #6 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 10:10 AM
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Can I just go into my local NTB and buy some regular, non-fancy (cheap) shocks and have them put them on? What do I tell them? They'll probably not like the air ride deal when they punch up "cheap Fleetwood shocks" in the computer. Do I need to unhook something or otherwise bypass the system?
post #7 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 10:19 AM
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My RMW has Bilstiens in the rear. I'm sure you can find others that work as well.

Just unplug at the air pump so it doesn't run. Install new shocks. Done.

One thing to mention though. If you think you will ever decide to go back to the air shocks, you'll want to protect the plug you disconnect. Mine sat unplugged for a couple years and the blade connectors ended up corroding badly enough that I had to replace the plug.

HTH! Mike
post #8 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 12:29 PM
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I took this;

Just pull green 30amp Fuse #9 from block on rear pass. side of engine comp.

from here;

https://impalassforum.com/noncgi/ulti...;f=35;t=001595

Any '94-'96 Impala SS shocks will work. I think '91-'93 Caprice or 9C1 give a little more travel to get the wheels off, but you don't need that on a Fleetwood.
post #9 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 01:27 PM
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Just get some 9C1 springs and some cheap Monroe or Gabriel shocks.
post #10 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 01:57 PM
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Whoa, why do I need springs? I've got springs. Won't they work with regular shocks, or is it going to sit all low, or what? I don't want to replace the springs.
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