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The other day while waiting in the drive through i heard a big gush of air and then the compressor came on the the the check ride sytem light came on. As i drove off i noticed that my ride has become very bumpy. I pulled over and noticed that the rear end had lowered about six inches off the ground the front end is at the proper height. I know it has something to do with the air suspension just no sure what part. Do each wheel have it own solenoid or is there just one for the front and one for the back? Just not sure what caused the whole back end to drop could it be a loose hose?

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You have two air lines to the front and 4 height sensors one for every wheel. check to see if all the airlines are seated in the pump under the hood

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It sounds like you blew a line under there somewhere, and you didn't mention what year it was, but most of them have an electronic controller, and from my limited experience with them they ca n be a real bear to diagnose.

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You need to check hose connection and also check the rear air bags for blowouts

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