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air suspension roadside test before buying

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I'd really like to buy a p38 but am really put off by the air suspension bags and their leaks. Other than spraying each boot with soap water, or waiting a few days and seeing if there is any obvious sagging of the wheels, is there a simple, rough perhaps, guide to looking out for leaking, when inspecting a car before you buy?

Would love to know members' tips

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Maybe show up early to see the truck and pay attention if the compressor comes on to raise it a bit after start up
 
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Slow leaks are hard to find.
 
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You probably shouldn't buy one if you cant afford to or are not enthusiastic about making it right by the price you are willing to pay for it.
 
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Maybe show up early to see the truck and pay attention if the compressor comes on to raise it a bit after start up
thanks. So, if it raises up a little, then this is a sign that all is well? Im assuming then that even on a good system, that it sinks a little when the engine is switched off.
 
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its not about the money. It's about watching out for one whereby the only option is to replace all airbags.
thanks for your insightful comment though.
 
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Maroon, you may also want to raise the system, and see if one side is higher than the other. Go back and front and really look. The EAS system is a PIA, but this is what gives the P38 its ride which is a pleasure. If you do buy it, make sure you know of a good local shop that works extensively on older rovers. They will put the EAS on a schedule for maintenance. You are getting the comments because the schedule for these cars is important, and you need to accept that when you buy a P38. It is a classic love hate relationship and they will decide to act up at odd times, but are normally dead reliable if on the proper maintenance schedule. If not, it is a disaster. They are not for the owner who changes the oil and is good to go and you need to feel the motor and vehicle ride, and really read them when you drive them. Good luck.
 
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what type of maintenance should be performed on the EAS? What is involved?
 
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