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Old 01-02-2006, 12:34 PM   #1
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well simple question!....the A$$ end of my car sags really bad looks ike i'm doing a rear wheel lauch all the time.lol....If I put stock replacements I'm sure it will happen all over again in time..Anyone hve any good idea'* for aftermarket replacements or has anyone had great sucess with a specific brand? thanks
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Are we talking about the Springs or Air Struts?

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If it'* the air struts that have blown the air bag inside, and can't inflate/lift the rear end of the car up anymore, your best bet is stock replacements. Will it happen again over time? Of course, but we're talking another 10 - 15 years or so, just as it took that long for the originals to finally go out. Plus that'* one of the coolest features on the car (no *** dragging effect, even with a lot of people in your car/stuff in your trunk). Is your air compressor working?

If it'* the springs, same thing. Replace them with stock, or OEM quality springs, and you should be good to go again for a long time. No matter what you replace them with (aftermarket/performance parts - which I don't think they have for these cars), the same thing is going to happen over time. There'* no such thing as an indestructible suspension part. At best, it might last you a year or two longer.
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kewl wasn't sure if this was just a crappy design flaw or something ? cuz all my other one'* don't do it! 87 old school beater and the rest r 92+ the 89sse is the only one having this problem!..but yah I think i'll just go stock again then and i'll have to look into the compressor didn't really think about it?...lol..thanks yet again!lol
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you can inspect the strut boots by jacking the A$$ end up and inspecting them.
If is small cracks in the boots black RTV will seal them. Just leave the car jacked up until it dries.
Sounds to me like your pumps not working or you would hear it on all the time if the strut was leaking.
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Need a pump for an '89 SSE?!?!
Contact me, ...
I replaced both rear air units on our car a couple years ago, because they wouldn't hold pressure under extreme loads. (Like carrying home a couple dozen landscape blocks from the local store, ...)

But seriously, check to make sure your pump is even working. Open the hood, then open the trunk & push the 'On' button on the compressor to see if it cycles on/off.

Realistically, if the rearend is draggin', the pump should be runnin' all the time trying to bring it back up, ...
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I believe you have discovered the root of my troubles. I have never herd the pump running....AT ALL!...any idea what a pump is worth? if it needs replacing?
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Check the fuse for the pump. Mine was removed when I got my car cause the rear struts had a leak in them.

Once I replaced the fuse, the pump started to work. It is not a loud pump at all, you have to be standing in front of the car with the hood open to hear it most of the time.
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Check the fuse for the pump. Mine was removed when I got my car cause the rear struts had a leak in them.

Once I replaced the fuse, the pump started to work. It is not a loud pump at all, you have to be standing in front of the car with the hood open to hear it most of the time.
Same here... The fuse for the ELC was missing among a few others...

Do press that on button at the infaltor in the trunk and see if the pump comes on..

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okay I pushed the inflator and nothing except for a relay noise near the back wheelwell passenger side!...no pump noise under the hood! replaced the winshield washer motor while i wasted time trying to figure out where I could find this ELC fuse I looked around under the dash with the other fuses and didn't see anything missing! or burnt and nothing marked "ELC" maybe I'm just lookingin the wrong place?...I don't have the chiltons book yet and it'* cold and dark!.....Okay guys i give up where is it?...lol
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