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Air suspension inop.

Air suspension slowly became inop over a period of about six weeks. Pump comes on but car will no longer raise. Is dealer only repair option?

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Yes unless u want to change your air suspension to normal. i mean regular shock absorbers. usually the air lines break. or the air bags on the shocks leak air. if one is leaking the other one will never operate normally.

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