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Old 10-02-2019, 06:58 PM   #1
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2000 Bounder air suspension problem

we were returning from a trip yesterday and about 150 miles from home hit a big chuckhole on the freeway and the remaining ride felt like there was no springs, which turned out to be true. When we pulled into our driveway we found out that the right front air bag appeared to no longer be inflated.


I have no idea how the air suspension is configured. Are the bags separate? Is there a leveling valve to balance the pressure? Where may I go to do a little research. Can three bags be inflated and one of them flat? Do they inflate from the same air source as the air brakes? Obviously I need some guidance for this.


Any help appreciated,



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Old 10-02-2019, 09:20 PM   #2
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You probably have 3 ride height valves. 2 on the front and one on the rear. I suspect there is a problem with the right ride height valve linkage. Caution, do not work on air suspension unless the coach is supported with jack stands. One little slip and the coach falls on you.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response.


It's on the leveling jacks right now, but I don't trust them. If I can drive it 14 more miles I'll be taking it to Freightliner but I was just curious as to how the system was set up and maybe there was a pictorial diagram somewhere. I'm still looking.


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Old 10-03-2019, 08:51 AM   #4
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You might save yourself a trip to FL and money as well.
I had this happen on my 39Z once. There should be a lever attached to the frame that goes to a ride height valve. IIRC my lever popped off and I pushed it back on. Had to put some bailing wire around it after that as a retainer went missing. It took about 10 minutes.

Maybe search on Google for some pictures of a Freightliner ride height lever for your year.
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This article could be of help locating the valve and lever.
https://www.rvtechlibrary.com/chassis/height.php
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Here's another pic I found of the ride height lever. As you can see...it's easily accessible.
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Bingo, the lower rubber grommet came apart, outside half, and, like yours, the rod popped off. I slipped it back on and all seems well. I just called Freightliner and they have a new rod with bushings on the way, $15.82 shipped.


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Awesome...good price on replacement parts. Check other bushings too.

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Not only was the price fair, and included shipping, I just received it overnight from FedEx.


Can't beat that, thanks Freightliner.
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