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EFDisaster
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« on: August 31, 2017, 03:43:42 PM »

My 2001 Aztek has a towing package with the air shocks, I think one of them has a leak or something. The self-check the compressor usually does for a few seconds now runs for a few minutes and the rear end is jacked all the way up, like it's compensating for a heavy load. I sometimes hear some deflaty-balloon noises right after I turn the car off and open the door.

Anyway, I stopped in for a quick word with my mechanic and he recommended replacing the system with self-leveling heavy duty shocks. Is that a good idea? Will I lose the ability to use my compressor for tires/air mattress/basketballs? I don't do any towing, that hitch is all rusted out, anyway.

Anyone replaced these with something else?

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 08:38:28 AM »

I haven't replaced the shocks on my Tek as they are one of the few things that still work.

The compressor runs separate lines to the shocks and to the compressor on the back. So if you did replace the shocks, it would still work as long as you clip the air lines underneath or leave them open. They are pretty easy to see if you get up on a lift.

I will say I was pretty underwhelmed with the compressor, probably because of such a small tank. I wouldn't rely on the compressor to do any tasks such as airing up a tire.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2017, 08:18:13 PM »

I've had no complaints about the compressor for tires (and balls and such). I'd much rather leave it working than go buy something else... My mechanic seemed to think it would cost more to replace the air shocks than to replace them with his recommendation. I haven't done any shopping around, so I don't know if that's reality... Was just wondering if anyone's been in a similar situation or been given this recommendation.

I'll post here when I decide with how things turn out.
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