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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Air Suspension airbag replacement...HELP!

I've removed the old air bellows and air can assembly from the front of the car, detached the steel retaining ring and removed the old bellows from the ring. That was the easy part. The problem is getting the new bellows onto the retaining ring. I've tried soaping it up and squeezing it on but it's not happening. It's like trying to install a car tire on a rim without the big air tool they have at tire shops.

I've searched this forum and several others for hours and only came up with how easy a job it is.
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I managed pull it on when I got home from work today. Here's how:
Forget about soaping up the bellows, you need to be able to get a good grip on it. Instead, soak it in hot tap water to make it as pliable as the old one you took out. Take it out of the hot water and put the soft part of the bellows through the ring first until one side of the hard rubber ring of the bellows is seated on the metal ring. Then grab the other end of the metal ring with your left hand and pull the rest of the bellows through with your right, using your left thumb to help collapse the bellows and force it though. Pull on it like you're trying to rip the damn thing apart and you will eventually get the whole thing to pop through.

If there's a better way, please let us know. I still have two more to do.
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Rather than soap, use glycerin. It's the stuff mentioned in the service manual.
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