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    Leveling - I surrender... help

    97 Catera...

    Ok, I had the 'leveling' light blink for the last 4 months. I have done the following:

    1) replaced rear shocks with the Monroe MA 825 air shocks and tied them into the air lines. Did not help
    2) took the air pump down (located near passenger fog light. The air lines were totally rotted. A line went to a 'T' up into the passenger headlight area and was not connected to anything - never found out what that was for. Replaced air line. Did not help.
    3) Adjusted the sensor tab as shown in previous posting so switch thinks level is fine. Did not help. (I think I slid the tab up higher from the hole)

    So, I have a replacement vehicle (05 Montego) and will be selling the Catera. What is the best way to disable the auto leveling system or at least disable the light from blinking? Please be specific with pics if possible. I appreciate it.

    I too have really enjoyed this car for the past year. Great riding car on the highway, just that darn blinking light.

    Oh, both front and rear fender height is the same, so that part is good...

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    Re: Leveling - I surrender... help

    Take the bulb out. My CEL bulb stayed on for so long and for so many times, it just burned out. Had to trick the car into passing inspection.

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    I don't know if I want to risk pulling the dash out, the plastic tabs will probably break. Isn't there a plug by the leveling switch that can be jumped?

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    Re: Leveling - I surrender... help

    i disconnected leveling sensor and thats it never got light back !

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    Re: Leveling - I surrender... help

    you should have an arm on the rear axel area if you unclip it and tilt the arm up then fasten it in that position it will stop the lights.

    as a side not, I bypassed the factory system and dud a manual inflate valve step next to the licinse plate and put it at the height I wanted. NEVER had light again except when I Loaded up the car, then you just put a shot of air in it to lift it up!

    Problem permenently solved!

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    Re: Leveling - I surrender... help

    Ok, I fixed it. The service manual said the P302 plug was under the rear passenger seat. I removed the cushion but only saw 8 wires go through the grommet to the underside. I think on the 1998, they moved the plug inside the car. I found the plug on the crossmember near the leveling switch. It is pin 'G' which is a light purple color. I traced the wire back into the car (under the passenger rear seat) and cut it. Turned the key to 'on' - no Leveling light - yeah!. I soldered a 4.7k ohm resister in series with the cut. I wanted to allow a path to ground for the computer but add a current limiter so the stupid light stays off. I had previously adjusted the linkage arms up and down, but still got the light. I think my switch was bad. No matter what I did, the light came on. Now, no light, the pump still works (when you first turn the key on, the pump runs for a couple minutes to boost up the lines from any bleed while the car was off). Anyway, everything is still connected and all is well....

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