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Old 10-01-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Driving and rear air bags deflated. Help

Driving on the interstate and started noticing a sound from the rear. Stopped and found that rear air bags had deflated. Any thoughts ?
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:55 AM   #2
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Probably the height adjuster linkage or valve broken.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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make sure your drive shaft is ok

if you have to move the RV with it still down make sure you drive shaft is not hitting any thing


i have never seen this but i see many talk about it
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yeah find a spartan chassis shop nearby. I replaced my rear air bags last year, fronts were fine, and valves where leaking too. Fixed it all right up.
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not saying your airbags are near failure, but while there might as well peek at it.
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:45 PM   #6
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I had the same thing happen to me recently. I noticed the ride got very rough and there was a heavy vibration. Fortunately I was close to a rest stop. I found that one of the rubber end links on the linkage rod attached to the rear ride height valve had become brittle and sheared in half.

I put the rear jacks down and blocked the tires so I could crawl under the rear end. Then I got under there and Macgyver'ed it with some electrical tape and zip ties to get home. Replacements are readily available from truck part suppliers and are under $20. An easy fix with the only caveat being you need to keep the rod length the same to maintain the correct ride height.
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:57 PM   #7
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Turns out it was the height adjuster linkage. There is a rubber grommet, about the size of a quarter, has a hole in the center to slide a stationary rod attached to a plate bolted to a crossmember. Then the grommet exterior slides into a larger hole in the height adjuster linkage rod. There's suppose to be small high pieces of rubber on the outsides of the grommet and mine had rotted away. But we got it going again by using the old grommet and zip tying it all in place. I have order 6 replacements at a buck and a half each, from rvchassisparts. Thanks for you help folks.
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