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Old 06-08-2011, 11:48   #1 (permalink)
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Air Ride compressor interchangeable?

I am wondering if the compressor for the air suspension is interchangeable with the one for air ride in the back of our 98 Windstar Limited. Ours needs to be replaced, and I am told that Ford no longer manufactures this part. Does anyone know whether the same compressor was also used in another Ford model? I find it hard to believe that Ford would have desgned and used the compressor in just the Windstar Limited, as very few of these of these were sold. Ford probably used the same compressor in another model also. I would be especially grateful if you have diagrams or photos showing the comparable compressor in another model Ford.
Alternatively, perhaps someone might be able to suggest a good quality after market manufacturer for the compressor.
Thanks to all who are able to help!
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Old 06-08-2011, 13:36   #2 (permalink)
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Call your auto wrecker. They will have a cross over list.
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That's a great suggestion. I will try that. Thanks Chipset!
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Update:

The Interchange book at the wreckers does not provide information about the air ride compressor. Doing further research, I couldn't find ANYONE offering or manufacturing new air ride compressors for 98 Windstars. The next best choice was to get mine rebuilt. Then, sooner or later, the bags for the air suspension would begin to leak, if they haven't already. Bottom line, it was better for me to convert to conventional coil springs and shocks. I opted for variable rate coil springs for the added resistance with the heavier loads. Total Cost Can. $ 800 including labour.
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Old 08-23-2011, 21:33   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Air Ride compressor interchangeable?

Sounds like the best option. Thanks for the update.
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