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Airlift Compressor Comes on Constantly

I have had my Airlift airbags for almost two years. The compressor comes on every time I start the truck and then about every 5 minutes after that. I have had it back to the shop that installed it four times to check for leaks. They swear there are no leaks I called Airlift last year and they sent me an inline check valve which the shop installed. That did nothing. I just called Airlift again and they told me that there has to be a leak somewhere in the system. It only seems to do this when I have my camper on the truck. I am at my wit's end. I am about ready to yank everything out and put a Firestone system on. I had Firestone on my last truck and never had any problems. Has anybody else had a problem with Airlift? Any advice?
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I had the Firestone Ride-Rite airbags on my '11. It always gave a shot of air on startup, and occasionally during trips. I never got around to checking for a lead, though I suspect there was one somewhere. I have to believe there is a leak somewhere. I can't imaging any other reason for the compressor to kick in.

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Plain and simple there is a leak somewhere.

Get yourself a spray bottle and mix up some liquid dish detergent and water in it. Then just go along and check all the fittings on the system. Just spray a good amount of liquid on it and look for bubbles. It might help to do then when the compressor is running.

When you find the bubbles you found your leak.

Just as a FYI my brother in law has had some Firestone air bags on his truck and they have held air since they were installed a few years ago, but he didn't go with a compressor just one set pressure since he has a slide in camper on the truck full time.

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I have Airlift with no compressor. I had a leak on one bag when they were new. It was replaced and all is well since then. I can go on a two week trip and may lose one or two pounds, but that's it.

I keep them at 90 pounds.
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I had something similar on my 2012 F250. Firestone bags with an Airlift compressor and it cycled frequently, we could not find a leak. I ran the power wire to one of my upfitter switches and about once a week I turned it on for a few minutes.

I had no issues with the bags and found switching it was the simplest solution.

First thing you might do is air up the bags like they should be and pull the fuse for a few days and see if they leak out. That's where I started.

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