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Old 06-24-2003, 05:05 PM   #1
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Again, this may be a tired subject on here, but I'm having trouble diagnosing a problem with the rear air suspension on my car. When I bought it, I had no idea it had this suspension, so it didn't occur to me to check it out 6 years ago when I bought it. Before I convert it to regular struts, I thought I'd give it a chance to resurrect. As it is, the fuse was mega-blown. I replaced it, and now if I turn on the air compressor, I hear a click in a relay at the right rear of the trunk. I took up the carpet, and see the mechanism it'* connected to, but didin't spend any time on it. Needless to say, there was no sound of the compressor running, and I was too concerned with it to leave the fuse in to drive it. Everyone tells me it'* just burned up and to replace the pump. Is this probably true? If so, where is it? And the $$$ question, anyone know a cheaper way out than the dealer?

If anyone has converted to struts, I'd like to know their experiences.
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If your comp. doesnt turn on.. maybe you should test your relay. The contacts went bad in my mothers car and I took the old relay and put in a new, now everything works. I suggest you check everything .. relay, pump, circut. Because having that type of suspension is very nice
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The compressor is under the hood on the drivers side, near the PMV assembly. It has a cylinder on it.
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great - thanks for the advice. Which relay controls the pump? Is it one behind the engine, or is there one in the trunk?
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great - thanks for the advice. Which relay controls the pump? Is it one behind the engine, or is there one in the trunk?
I want to say that it'* somewhere in or around the trunk, since I hear an audible click back there whenever I run the inflator using the on/off pushbuttons in the trunk (which uses the same pump, of course).

I assume that your tire inflator doesn't work either, right? That is, you just need to swap in a new pump?

Something you might want to look into, although I can't guarantee it'll work for you, is this: AC/Delco sells a standalone tire inflator pump with a cigarette-lighter plug in retail stores; I bought one at an Osco supermarket for $20.00. It _looks_ like the same 12V pump as in the car, just enclosed in a little plastic casing around it. The main thing, it'* an actual AC-Delco brand, and I know they also sell a line of cheesy Chinese hand tools and such, but this thing looks like the same part that'* under the hood of my Bonne.

Can't say for sure, but it seems possible that GM figured they could recoup the tooling on the air pump by selling a few bazillion more as standalone units through K mart or wherever. Might be worth checking on that.
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Right - the inflator doesn't work either. With the fuse in, if I turn it on, I just hear a click behind the fenderwell on the right side of the trunk.

I may remove the pump and see if it works - if it doesn't, I'm all over your suggestion - I have no idea where I can find one down here, but I'll look.

I've never noticed the pump under the hood so I'm curious now to find it.
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Right - the inflator doesn't work either. With the fuse in, if I turn it on, I just hear a click behind the fenderwell on the right side of the trunk.
Ayup; sounds like your pump is toast.

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I may remove the pump and see if it works - if it doesn't, I'm all over your suggestion - I have no idea where I can find one down here, but I'll look.
Eh... should be easy enough to see if the wires to the pump have juice; you shouldn't have to disturb it. My guess is that it seized up from old age.

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Um... driver'* side, on or near the inner wheel well. Looks like a little air pump.
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Look around at gmpartsdirect for a good price on it and if its too pricey or not available I can get you a stock or better unit.

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