Hight Sensor, 1998 Silhuette

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Old 08-11-04, 07:12 AM
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Hight Sensor, 1998 Silhuette

I have a 1998 Oldsmobile Silhuette. The arm on the sensor is broke. Can anyone tell me where I can buy a new sensor beside the dealer since it is over $400 at the dealership. Also, can I replace the self leveling shocks that are originally on the van with regular shocks..
 
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Old 08-11-04, 07:33 AM
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you can probably retrofit...

...the rear shocks to gas/hydraulic but then if you do that, there's no need to replace the height sensor.

as for where to get a sensor besides the dealer...try a bone yard, aftermarket parts houses (federated, napa, advance, pepboys, etc), and then there's always the internet
 
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Thanks Carguying...does anybody know if there is another name for the Hight sensor..I can not find "ANYTHING" about hight sensor on the internet.
Also, any tricks, Tips, or things to watch-out for when replacing the shocks myself..
 
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Old 08-11-04, 08:34 AM
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it may be...

...your spelling (height)

as for your replacing the shocks yourself...be sure to support the vehicle by the suspension, not the frame/body.
 
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It's called the auto level control sensor.Very easy to change did you call another dealer for a part only price?It will most likely be cheaper than the price being quoted.
 
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Thanks for the reply..

Yes I did check..it is a dealers only item..and was told by 2 dealers: $391 and $446. where all I needed is the plastic arm. it is a approximately 6" plastic piece that is attached between the sensor and the frame. But sure enough, they don't sell the arm by itself.
 
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Old 08-12-04, 09:56 AM
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Thanks DAVO

Wanted to let you know that I found the link at the dealer, it was a service part $28, Beats $446 quoted earlier).
I also got the replacement Auto leveling shocks( air shocks) Original AC DELCO (1/2 Price). Now all I have to do is install them right. any Ideas to make the job smoother is appreciated. After installation, do I need to inflate the shocks or will the air pump kick on and fill them out to the right pressure?
 
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The compressor will kick on by itself.Just install the parts and you should be good to go.Remove the ELC fuse before working on it and replace it when done.
 
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Air pump Relay

Thanks to all the help guys.
Now I have installed the new self leveling shocks, to find out that the air pump does not kick on. also the accessory inflator system in the back does not come on when the On button is pressed. I checked the Fuses, but I am not sure if it has a separate relay under the hood??? can any body tell me if it does, and if so, what number is it.

I guess If it is not the relay, it has to be either the sensor or the air pump it self. Any suggestions...besides taking the van to the dealer for a check.

Thanks again for all the help
 
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Old 08-17-04, 12:01 PM
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you need to load it...

...by placing at least 200lbs in the back...then wait at least 45 seconds for the compressor to come on. after it levels itself, remove the weight and wait for as long as 5 minutes for it to exhaust and return to the correct heighth. the shocks will probably not have any air in them when there is no load on the suspension
 
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