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There is a hose hanging down from the rear axle area. it comes out of a junction where the brake line comes in and branches out to the rear wheels. it has a plastic connector on the end but i cant find where it plugged into anything

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That is the breather hose for the rear axle, it should be secured to the cross member over the rear axle, it does not plug into anything

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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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To Install:
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  2. Connect the vent hose to the axle housing.
  3. Be sure the housing is properly positioned on the leaf spring, then loosely install the U-bolts, anchor plates, washers and nuts.
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  12. Check the fluid level in the rear axle assembly and add, as necessary. Make sure the vehicle is level when checking and adding fluid.
  13. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the truck.
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Exploded view of the rear axle mounting 88457g85.gif

  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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