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I have the air ride suspension and the pump is good but will not activate to air the bags up I can manually trip the relay switch to activate the pump but no air getting into the air bag suspension.

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At the rear of the vehicle there are switches. If you look underneath you will see arms coming off them as they move away from the suspension they activate the pump. When the vehicle is level the arms contact and shut the pump down.

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