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I have a hose hanging from my rear axle. Where is

I have a hose hanging from my rear axle. Where is it supposed to connect? It is coming from the drivers side about half way from the differrential to the wheel.

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It is a vent for the rear end. It would have been attached to a frame cross member. The fastener has probably rusted off. Use a piece of wire or a zip tie and fastn it back up. Hope this helps.

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Rear Axle Axle Housing Assembly Removal & Installation To Remove:
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  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely using jackstands under the frame. Position a floor jack or a second set of jackstands to support the rear axle housing. If a floor jack is being used, take care when removing the U-bolts to keep the axle from suddenly dislodging.
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