2003 lincoln navigator air suspension
Ptocco

Albany, NY

#61 Aug 12, 2009
Has anyone used the Strutmasters, air-suspension to non-air suspension conversion kit. I am in the same boat as everyone on here, 03, 5.4L, 85k, rest of the truck is mint, don't want to pay the $1500-$2500 for all the air components, when strutmasters offers a lifetime 100% satisfaction gurantee, i just want to hear a real life testimonial of someone that actually used it to replace their faulty air suspension in their 03 navigator.

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thanks!
Misty

Panama City, FL

#62 Aug 12, 2009
I recommended the strutmasters conversion to the owner of my company a couple of months ago after his air suspension went out. He took my advice and installed it on his/his wife's 03 navigator. The ride is great and it fixed everything and no more worries on electronics and relays, etc. He is very hard to please and is very satisfied with the results. I am sure I could get more specific info from him if you need further persuasion.
VIE

Winnipeg, Canada

#63 Aug 12, 2009
People...get a certified air suspension repair shop to locate the problem, it isnt everything you have to change there is only 1 or 2 things that are the problem but with the air systems this is a domino effect that those 2 things will make everyrthing else be buggy, but fix that 1 or 2 things and it will work fine. Stop going to Ford dealerships, all they know is how to read instructions, yes there are guys who know their stuff at FORd/Lincoln but take it to a specialist.
LonewolfxXx

Clovis, CA

#64 Aug 22, 2009
Uhmm Specialist or my own. I rather spend 200 bucks. Instead of 2000 bucks. I read, learn and apply. A specialist will know how. yet they are in the business of making money. If you read, learn and use. I figure two things will happen. You could fix it yourself. Two, you will have knowledge for a specialist to work the problem for you. This way you won't get takem like some.Knowledge is helpful against repairs procedures in cost. Specially those who do not have a clue to what's wrong with the air bag system and get taken. Struts work great too. I like my confort drive and my 200 dollar fix still good. Since, january i think is when i fixed it :D. We will see this winter. I'll be around reading and fixing it myself lol. Getting close to 7 years of my navi cruiser hehe!
VIE

Sioux Falls, SD

#65 Aug 22, 2009
Of course, i did it myself but not everyone can read instructions so then get a specialist..but still better than a dealership. That was my point, if u read my earlier posts u see I say to do it yourself but not everyone can...
Ptocco

Albany, NY

#66 Aug 24, 2009
FYI---I bought the Strutmasters Non-Air Conversion kit, it was $650, and $300 to install it at a Meineke. They took out the air springs, and disabled the compressor. For $1000, my 03 Navi rides brand new, and its ground clearance is even a little better. I drive over potholes like nothing in my city now, where as before I was swerving to avoid them.

Sure it doesnt raise and lower, but I dont have to hear the groaning of the compressor, or ever worry about the air system failing ever again. This is a legitimate testimonial, I don't work for Strutmasters, nor do I offer free endorsements, but I will say, it was by far an excellent decision, and I recommend it to anyone with the same problems I had, great piece of mind.
lolo

Orange Park, FL

#67 Sep 3, 2009
i'm a ford dealer tech and i do suspencion.03 is the worse year on air susp,to many o rings on each bag if one fail you have a leak.my advise is to convert to regular suspension.people dont understand that when a vehicle has a lot of milles any part may go wrong,you may have a bad part at the moment you ck vehicle and a week later something else may fail
ugh fustrated

New Braunfels, TX

#68 Sep 12, 2009
ok i have read a whole bunch of these post....i have replaced the suspension compressor & suspension relay located by the horn front left side....but my compressor won't kick on...i have no idea what else can be wrong...i took it to a shop they said the lines are fine no leaks....i can drive it but i'm bouncing around like crazy...i really want to fix this problem without having to take it to the dealer cause i don't have money to throw up in the air like that so far on the two parts i have spent a lil over 200...please let me asap
LEC

United States

#69 Sep 13, 2009
I have an 03 Nav also. I just had the passenger side height sensor replaced about 6 weeks ago. Now, my entire truck is sitting practically on my tires and my truck just bounces all over the rode. Does this sound like my compressor has gone out? Has anyone converted their suspension to struts and shocks?? If so, are you pleased??
Andres

Caledon East, Canada

#70 Sep 13, 2009
Will anthing happen to the car if i switch off the air supp to drive ??.... Give it that slammed look
Bad deal 2003

North Richland Hills, TX

#71 Sep 27, 2009
I just take my navigator to the dealer and they said that my problem is the seals, top of the air bags ($750 only front)
Were you found that seals?
if i go to the dealer how I asking for?
lonewolf wrote:
Update after testing the height sensor. Still holding and working. I decided to park my vehicle in the cold, since i park it in the garage. What you know, down again on the floor. Found that i had a leak in cold tempetatures on the top by the solenoid. Dealer does have the o-rings for them 22 dollars. Or you can find them in the net for 10 bucks shipping. Just get it and replace it. seals expand and contract or dialate on warm and cold tempetatures. Tear and wear after 67k miles :D. Starting now..........will follow up when done.
Bad deal 2003

North Richland Hills, TX

#72 Sep 27, 2009
Before i bring my truck in to have this prob. looked at, i figured i'd try here. Out of nowhere, my driver seat stopped working. It won't move in any direction, or inflate the lumbar system. When i try any button, there seems to be a slight click coming from the front motor under the seat. Any ideas? Fuse, computer brain??? Would 1 problem cause all of the features to stop working?

Thanks
*oh, also, hitting the preset buttons dont make the seat move n any directions....THANKS
Bad deal 2003

North Richland Hills, TX

#73 Sep 27, 2009
Do you have the suspension code now?
Ptocco wrote:
FYI---I bought the Strutmasters Non-Air Conversion kit, it was $650, and $300 to install it at a Meineke. They took out the air springs, and disabled the compressor. For $1000, my 03 Navi rides brand new, and its ground clearance is even a little better. I drive over potholes like nothing in my city now, where as before I was swerving to avoid them.
Sure it doesnt raise and lower, but I dont have to hear the groaning of the compressor, or ever worry about the air system failing ever again. This is a legitimate testimonial, I don't work for Strutmasters, nor do I offer free endorsements, but I will say, it was by far an excellent decision, and I recommend it to anyone with the same problems I had, great piece of mind.
Bad deal 2003

North Richland Hills, TX

#74 Sep 27, 2009
were do you buy this O rings and how you ask for it?
who change it for you, the dealer?
LOUIE wrote:
HEY GUYS I ALSO HAVE A 03 NAVIGATOR HAD A PROBLEM WITH DA AIR BAGS IN DA MORNING BEFOR GOING TO WORK DA FRONT WOULD NOT GO UP AND IT WOULD RUB ON DA WHEELS SO I REALLY WOULDNT BE ABLE TO MOVE IT IN DA MORNINGS BUT AND I TOOK IT TO DA DEALER SHIP AND ALL THAT THEY CHECKED IT WITH AND COULDNT FIND NOTHING ON IT UNTILL THIS ONE GUY TOLD ME THAT HE HAD DA SAME PROBLEM WITH HIS TRUCK WHAT HE DID WAS CHANGE SOME RINGS THAT GO ON TOP OF DA AIR BAG THEY COST LIKE 30 BUCKS EACH AND WELL THEY LIKE CHARGED ME 180 TO INSTALL BUT NOW DA TRUCK WORKS GREAT IT GOES UP RIGHT AWAY WHEN I TURN IT ON THE THING WAS CAUSE SINCE THOSE RINGS WERE ALL OLD AND WORN OUT I GUESS THEY LIKE TIGHTIN ON DA BAG WHENEVER ITS COLD OR LIKE WHEN U LEAVE LIKE DA TRUCK SITTING OVER NIGHT AND DA BAGS CANT GO UP CAUSE OF THEM SO NOW IM HAPPY THAT ITS FIXED AND NO MORE PROBLEMS AFTER I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA HAVE TO DO ALL THIS OTHER STUFF TO IT IF YOUR HAVING DA SAME PROBLEM GO SOMEWHERE AND ASK THEM ABOUT IT THAT COULD BE IT AND IT WOULD SAVE U ALOT OF MORE MONEY THEN HAVING TO REPLACE DA WHOLE THING
Vladimir

Romania

#75 Oct 2, 2009
To Lonewolf,
I'm really impressed about your knowledge according to your comments on air suspension.
I have a 2003 nav too and believe me or not you can consider yourself happy by having at least some people to talk to.I'm in Romania and nobody can talk about.No way to get service here or whereever in Europe for my nav.Problem is the same,air suspension.
I found out leaking air on rear side,close to that T,it's alredy solved but the compresor is not starting anyway to inflate the rubbers.Connected directly to battery it's working.Usually every morninng I have to run for 1-1.5 miles to rise up my truck.Before solving the air leaking,compressor stopped probabely because of that leaking.Now everything is done but still not working
Appreciate your advice
[email protected]
rmr

Valdosta, GA

#76 Oct 7, 2009
Julius wrote:
Where is the air suspension relay located on a 2003 Lincoln Navigator ?
the relay is on the radiator support on the right hand side behind the pass headlight inside next to the under fender in front It is connected by a four wire connector and is if traced connects to the compressor
LonewolfxXx

United States

#77 Oct 11, 2009
Hey guys. Well what can I say TEAR and WEAR is a big issue with this air bags. Vladimir thanks. I saved a lot and hopefully other can too. You right is not for everyone.
I saw a post with a heigh sensor replacement. If you do replace it. You will have to take it and get it reprogram. There is a way one can do it. You will need patience a lot of time and the right instructions to do so. DON'T CHANGE IT. Unless you think, and certain. If this is the problem. HEIGH SENSORS usually don't go bad unless is damage. They are magnetic and give out readings on how HEIGH for the computer to stop inflating and deflating.....
vladimir uhmm I think you have a malfunction not an air leakage. Is your vehicle low in the mornings? Is it cold weather now? Anything else you done to it? It could be different things? Write what have you done to it?
In my case is almost fall season and my navi is working kinda ok. I'm getting my front right tire not going up in mornings COLD weather again. Those seals are weak and it could be the MOUNT STRUT. Where it could be a seal or a WARP bag or CAP MOUNT STRUCT. Right now it works cause is WARM weather. I'm gonna relube all those seals and test this winter for sure. Luckly I have other vehicles i can drive if my navi cruiser doesn't lift. Cheaper to have another vehicle than have $4000 in paying services for something else to break. The strutconversions work well too. To disable a system. 2003 has a switch in the back left rear. An opening small door, up the fuel reset switch. You can see a switch off the suspension with that switch. I think that might be one easy way than pulling fuses.
http://www.arnottindustries.com/part_LINCOLN_...
http://www.car-stuff.com/carparts/lincolnnavi...
Myself gonna keep servicing and maintaining my navi cruise air suspension system. So far $200 and nothing else i have spended since last year. Many miles to show for from los angeles to san francisco and back here to fresno. What a great vehicle and confortable. Little heavy but that is cause my 22 inch rims and tires heheh. Keep navi cruising guys cya later.
Michigan Roads

United States

#78 Oct 20, 2009
GET RID OF YOUR AIR RIDE. I have a 2004 Navigator with now 65000 miles. I started having problems at 25000 miles. Finally after spending out of pocket 2700(not to mention what was covered under warranty) not to mention down time with out a vehicle mixed in with many stressful situations of limping home on one leg. I hacked it out of there and put in good ole fashioned struts and coils. It is now a reliable automobile.
Runsky

Houston, TX

#80 Nov 2, 2009
Oooo dreaded cold mornings (below 60) are back in Houston and so is the right front suspension issue. I noticed that when just the right side is low and i open the door or hatch, close it and then come back, the left side is low too. If i just get in and drive off, the left side will 'come down' to the right sides level. It seems like the electronic control release air front the left side front in order to level the car. As susal after engine temp gauge reaches normal temp, the compressor kicks in and the car levels itself back to normal (abt. 5 miles of 30-45 mph). Time to start diagnosing. I will start with O-rings as lonewolf indicates and then move on to right front solenoid. Start cheap then go deep.

Runsky
kosta

Canada

#81 Nov 11, 2009
Julius wrote:
Where is the air suspension relay located on a 2003 Lincoln Navigator ?
the air suspension relay is directly under the passenger side headlight... u can see it when the truck is lifted it has grids in it. two screws and then unplug

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