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The rear air ride wont go up

I hear the compresor going, and the front goes up nice, but the rear does not , the compresor tries for the second time, but the rear still wont go up, it feels like the rear shakes, i think is the left rear that wont go.........solution...?

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Check for leak need 2 people , each wheel supposed to have separate line going from compressor , i have one of my friends navi in my garage and the rear bags are blown did not change them yet i would give you some more info.

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