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    Suspension question.

    I have a 97 catera and i'm having a weird problem with my air suspension. When i'm alone in the car the leveling light does not come on whatsoever, but when i have passengers it starts blinking and never stops until i turn off the car. What could be the problem? I don't have any leaks or anything.

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    Re: Suspension question.

    Sounds like a leak to me. Why are you sure it's not?

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    Re: Suspension question.

    Quote Originally Posted by tekkentk View Post
    I have a 97 catera and i'm having a weird problem with my air suspension. When i'm alone in the car the leveling light does not come on whatsoever, but when i have passengers it starts blinking and never stops until i turn off the car. What could be the problem? I don't have any leaks or anything.
    I've had this same issue, but for other reasons- fixed the front suspension on my 1998 catera: start with the basic, least expensive fixes first-- check tire pressure and break fluid level. how does the car handle-- is the front suspension solid or does it knock a little-- be honest with youself... does it pull to one side? how old are the front suspension parts on your car? My front suspension was getting sloppy/loose (parts wear out)... I know that once I had new inside/outside L & R tie-rods installed + new idler arm (passager side) + center link installed (by the shop)... then I installed the link pins myself (cause the shop wanted too much $ for something sooo basic)...Once all this was done - especially the link pins installed, I honestly felt the car sit higher up and it felt more stable. Amazing when parts wear it can cause this 'leveling' light to flash. <Thats my opinion> No matter if you 'think' its NOT an air leak issue-- I strongly believe these same parts (tire rods, idler arm-to-center link + link pins) on your car are wearing out and getting sloppy-- thats why the ELE system is recognizing the suspension is 'no-longer level' [stable], and the light comes on- flashes.

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    Re: Suspension question.

    I just found out my control arm bushing are rotted to the point where they're not even there anymore. Could this be a problem too?

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    Re: Suspension question.

    I'm assuming you're talking about the rear bushings. If so, yes I would think so. Check the front bushings. You'll probably find them shot too. Read my write up regarding Catera suspension upgrades.

    http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/s...art-1-t108.htm

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