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What's this on my shock tower?

Old 03-09-2019, 12:22 PM
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Am replacing my shocks.

I need to know what this is (see pic) attached to the driver's side shock tower, and whether I'll break something if I try to pop it off.

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Old 03-09-2019, 12:32 PM
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Looks like the vent for the transmission or transfer case.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:39 PM
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If you follow it down you will probably find it is the vent for the front differential. It can be put anywhere you want
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If you follow it down you will probably find it is the vent for the front differential. It can be put anywhere you want


That makes more sense, The transfer case vent is usually mounted to a bellhousing bolt. One thing to consider if you decide to move it is that you want it as high up as possible, especially if you do any kind of offroading or driving in water. Mounting it down low is a good way to get water in your diff even though that end on it is designed to keep water out.
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Many thanks for reply.

I carefully pried it off, then replaced shocks without a problem.

Appreciate the comments!

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