How to Disable the Air Ride On a Cadillac

by Allen Moore

The air ride system on a Cadillac is a supplementary suspension system that provides the car with a smoother ride than standard hydraulic shocks and mechanical springs. At the heart of the air ride system is a compressor that fills the air shocks, located at each wheel, with the proper amount of air to keep the system stable. If the system springs a leak, the air compressor will run continuously until it finally burns itself out. If you notice this occurring, it's a good idea to disable the system to prevent damage to the compressor.

Step 1

Drive the front wheels of your Cadillac onto the car ramps. Shift the Cadillac into park and apply the emergency brake.

Step 2

Climb under the Cadillac, just below the driver's door. Look up on the left frame rail, adjacent to the fuel filter to locate the air ride compressor.

Step 3

Disconnect the air ride compressor wiring harness from the compressor by hand. Tie wrap the wiring harness to the compressor so it doesn't dangle and incur damage while driving.

Step 4

Climb out from under the Cadillac and safely drive it off the car ramps.

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