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I have a 2001 S-500 with airmatic. I jacked up the front end to change the tire and now both front struts are down and will not re-inflate. I have tried several things and what I am interested in now is this. Is their a way to manually inflate the struts so that I will know that they are not blown and also so that I can move the car.

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Jack the front up again until the weight is off the front but the wheels are still in contact with the ground and run the engine again for a few minutes and slowly lower the car, bit by bit until the weight is back on the wheels. Once it is down on the wheels push the airmatic switch to raise the car and wait.
 

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Thanks Eric, I did that but it did not work. I have also cleaned the sams/cans and made sure they were dry. I also replaced the relay. I did notice that the pump works when the relay is triggered manually but otherwise it does not. I have checked and replaced all bad fuses as well. Is their a way to disconnect the airline from the top of the struts and pump them up directly?
 

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Thanks Eric, I did that but it did not work. I have also cleaned the sams/cans and made sure they were dry. I also replaced the relay. I did notice that the pump works when the relay is triggered manually but otherwise it does not. I have checked and replaced all bad fuses as well. Is their a way to disconnect the airline from the top of the struts and pump them up directly?
You cannot pump them up directly. Why did you change a tyre? Hit a pothole or something like that? If so you may have damaged/lost the ride height sensor linkage.
 

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I had a flat. All of the front end height linkage seems to be in place. If I jack up the car the 'car too low' goes out. When lowered it comes back on so the height indicators are working. Any other suggestions? On the driver side, under the hood, just behind the strut their is some type of valve that clicks really fast when the pump is running. Is it supposed to do that? Its only on the driver side.
 

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I had a flat. All of the front end height linkage seems to be in place. If I jack up the car the 'car too low' goes out. When lowered it comes back on so the height indicators are working. Any other suggestions? On the driver side, under the hood, just behind the strut their is some type of valve that clicks really fast when the pump is running. Is it supposed to do that? Its only on the driver side.
Not sure which valve you mean, does it have two vacuum pipes connected and an electrical connector?
 

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Not sure which valve you mean, does it have two vacuum pipes connected and an electrical connector?
Sorry for the delay in replying. Here are some pics of the parts, their are actually 2 parts I cannot identify, the one with 'MOT` stamped on it is the one that is clicking very fast. I've posted the pictures on my website.

http://www.eljones.com/s500.html
 

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Sorry for the delay in replying. Here are some pics of the parts, their are actually 2 parts I cannot identify, the one with 'MOT` stamped on it is the one that is clicking very fast. I've posted the pictures on my website.

http://www.eljones.com/s500.html
The one that says MOT on it is the purge valve and this is supposed to tick as it is taking fumes from the fuel tank and feeding those fumes into the inlet manifold, nothing to do with airmatic.

I cannot view the pics as I cannot connect to your site, I am in China and we have a large firewall that blocks many sites. You can upload the pics here very easy.

When posting a reply scroll down a tad and click on manage attachments, a window will open and you can choose to upload from your computer or from a url.
 

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Thanks, here are the pics. Is their a cam/sam that can be replaced that controls the front airmatics?
First two pics are the lateral accelleration sensors and the last is the purge valve, none of them have anything to do with airmatic. Now does the compressor switch on? to hear it you will have to put your ear to the front bumper passengers side.
 

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No I don't hear it switching on (new relay). Before I purchased a new relay I opened the old relay and manually made the compressor work but the front end still did not rise. I did rise both sides (but not fast) prior to me changing the tire. Could their be a valve stuck open somewhere? I don't hear any air leakage.
 

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No I don't hear it switching on (new relay). Before I purchased a new relay I opened the old relay and manually made the compressor work but the front end still did not rise.
And it does not switch on with the new relay fitted? Something does not add up here, did the system work normally before this?
 

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Far as I know it did. I recently purchased the car and the person was driving it daily. I had it parked for about 3 weeks then I changed the tire and thats when the front end went down. Don't know if this matters but the dash was dark (out of warranty) when I had it repaired the abs, bas, esp lights come on. I've seen online that when it says abs that it will automatically cause the bas and esp to come on. Would any of this have to do with the airmatic system? Sorry for the delay, I'm checking in from work.
 

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Not that I can tell. I did see some moister on the passenger side can/sam. The fuse box tops will not fit tightly.
 

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I took them out and made sure they were dry. I have not had the codes read since since the dark instrument cluster repaired. The codes the pulled when they fixed it were as follows:

C1200 ( I put in a new switch - its fixed )
P1925
C1000
C1026
C1517
C1013 ( I have had the battery in and out. Its currently out )
 

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Well you need to get the air pump working and then check for leaks between the pump and valve block, the block sits on top of the pump.
 

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Ok, but everything looks really close together under there. Do you know of any videos or slides posted that show exactly how to do that? Also, what are the codes? (late night here. talk to you tomorrow, thanks for all of the great help so far. I really appreciate it.)
 

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Ok, but everything looks really close together under there. Do you know of any videos or slides posted that show exactly how to do that? Also, what are the codes? (late night here. talk to you tomorrow, thanks for all of the great help so far. I really appreciate it.)
A little information on the checking of leaks for the Airmatic system will get you started with this job, mouse over and left click an image to enlarge and then click next;
 

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