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bibbs68
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posted 04-04-2001 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was rehanging my exhaust last night and noticed that there was a busted hose on the drivers side of the rear axle. It was connected to a nipple that was about 3/4" long located on the axle about half way between the wheel and the drive shaft. The hose was about 1/2"OD and ran up through the drivers side rear fender well. What is this hose for and where does it run to?

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 04-04-2001 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's the air breather for rear axle runs from axle to body to allow air to enter and exit axle and prevent moisture from entering.

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bibbs68
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posted 04-04-2001 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bob Hopkins:
It's the air breather for rear axle runs from axle to body to allow air to enter and exit axle and prevent moisture from entering.

How easy is it to replace? It is not long enough to cut the bad end off and reconnect.

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kcode
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posted 04-04-2001 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeremy
the hose can be replaced by any type of rubber line. While you are replaceing the hose, take the nipple out of the axle tube and make sure the hole is not obstructed. This is actually a vent, to relieve the pressure of the hot gear oil. If the nipple is plugged you could blow out the axle seals.

Mike

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bibbs68
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posted 04-04-2001 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kcode:
Jeremy
the hose can be replaced by any type of rubber line. While you are replaceing the hose, take the nipple out of the axle tube and make sure the hole is not obstructed. This is actually a vent, to relieve the pressure of the hot gear oil. If the nipple is plugged you could blow out the axle seals.

Mike


So that would explain the grease-like substance around the fitting. Thanks for the heads up Mike. What does the end of the hose connect to inside the fender? I tried to trace it, but couldn't see where it went.

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bibbs68
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posted 04-05-2001 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kcode:
Jeremy... take the nipple out of the axle tube and make sure the hole is not obstructed. This is actually a vent, to relieve the pressure of the hot gear oil. If the nipple is plugged you could blow out the axle seals.

Mike


The hole in the nipple was plugged somewhat. I cleaned that up and found that the hose was just stuck up into the fender well. It didn't connect to anything. Is this correct?

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Dave_C
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posted 04-05-2001 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The other end of the hose should be attached the car body. It keeps the end of it from picking up rain, etc. from the road.

There should be a small metal clip with a bolt that holds it.

Later,

David Cole

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bibbs68
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posted 04-06-2001 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave_C:
The other end of the hose should be attached the car body...There should be a small metal clip with a bolt that holds it.

David Cole


Thanks David. The clip was there all by it's lonesome. How that hose stayed there for 32 yrs is beyond me!

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