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Old 04-21-2008, 08:55 PM
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Air Ride Tech leak

I have an Air Ride Tech 4 bar air suspension in the rear of my 35 Ford. I can't keep air in for longer than 2 days. The installer has looked at it 3 times and says in doesn't leak for him. Any ideas to find leak

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Old 04-22-2008, 01:59 AM
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Slow leaks are the hardest to find. Try soapy water.

I have gotten in the habit of using a very sharp razor blade to cut the lines, then rounding the cut end of the hose with some 400 grit sandpaper...I use silicone grease as a lubricant and sealer when I push the line into the quick connect fitting.

Since I have been taking that extra time to do that, I no longer have slow leaks.

If the O ring fitting leaks because a burr scratched it on installation, it will need to be replaced.

A friend of mine who was involved with alot of high purity vacuum systems once suggested filling the bags with helium or CO2 and using a sniffer.

I'm glad we found the leaks before we had to do that.


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Thanks. I had the system installed in a shop that looked like everything was done first class but they are an 1 1/2 hrs away which makes visits a hassle. No more far away shops for me. The ride is really good especially in the dc area but I can't say it's that much better than springs considering the air bags have to be adjusted all the time. Sometimes the simple basic systems are the best. I'm finding that all this high tech stuff has down side.
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Stephen, As powerrodsmike stated mix some soapy water up in a spray bottle and spray all of the fittings. Also make sure when the lines were installed through frame areas the line didn't get nicked. Oh, and one other not sure what kind of compressor you are running but if you don't have a check valve installed on the leader line you should. The air can actually leak back through and out the head of the compressor. Good luck. Jason
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i would think they would warranty their work in a timely manner so their problem would not end up being viewed in a negative light. i do the warranty work on the machines i install and the company doesn't mess around because the response time to the issue could make or break the next machine sale. poor customer service will kill you quickly.
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Thanks for the reply guys. I drove this rod literally every day for 15 years with no trouble and took it apart to make it "better" and have had nothing but problems with everthing I "upgraded".
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