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Old 05-05-2015, 11:09 PM   #1
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2012 Left me stranded on the highway this week. Rear shock mount Broken (Pics of damage included)

Hey Guys, I'm posting this since I was unable to find a single reference to my problem searching online.

My 2012 SEL hatchback has been a great car so far. Aside from my Transmission acting up in city traffic my first 100 000kms have been trouble free. Nothing more than oil changes, brakes and tires.

This week the car left me stranded on the highway. Crossing a set of train tracks on the highway the upper shock mount on the left rear broke leaving the shock bouncing around the wheel well at the top. there was no advance warning, no symptoms until it broke.. Once broken it needed a tow truck.

I understand parts break but the amount of corrosion on the part was unbelievable. the metal that is left crumbles apart in your hands. before this I would have said the car was rust free.

If they salt the roads where you live check yours before they fail.

Replacement is easy, jack up the car, remove the wheel, remove the two bolts holding the shock mount to the car, pull the shock down to compress, remove the last bolt from the top of the shock.

Install is reverse, if you can change your own brakes you should be able do this in 15minutes per side.

I bought Monroe Parts at a local parts shop since my local Ford dealer is over an hour away.

Hopefully this helps someone in the future..

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Old 05-05-2015, 11:27 PM   #2
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Holy smokes that looks scary for such a new-ish car... I gotta Check mine
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:47 PM   #3
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Can't see quite as clearly as I'd like from the pictures, but it looks in them like the fresh break was on one side only. (bright metal at the right side break)

Seems like it was partially broken a while ago, and the RXR crossing was the final straw.

Tx for posting this up!
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At least this had an actual mount, and isn't just bolted to the wheel well like my cougar was... That rusted out and I was boned, nothing to mount the shock to and the entire wheel well was rust.
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Wtf, thats ridiculous, why is the part so thin by where it bolts, looks like a terrible design
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:54 AM   #6
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I've seen/had this exact thing happen to a number of cars -- not manufacturer specific though they were all 2006 or older cars so it's discouraging to see that the quality of the parts hasn't improved substantially.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-06-2015, 01:24 PM   #7
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My comment is that is not RUST. that part looks like it is aluminum, and it is corrosion, not rust. Most likely the fact it was bolted to steel, and some electrochemical interaction ate away the aluminum.
The fact the material crumbles away in your hand adds to my comment.
Some Aluminum is better than other alloy. What was used is obviously not very good aluminum alloy..
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My comment is that is not RUST. that part looks like it is aluminum, and it is corrosion, not rust. Most likely the fact it was bolted to steel, and some electrochemical interaction ate away the aluminum.
The fact the material crumbles away in your hand adds to my comment.
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Dissimilar metals touching each other can result in galvanic corrosion. According to Wikipedia "Galvanic corrosion is an electrochemical process in which one metal corrodes preferentially to another when both metals are in electrical contact, in the presence of an electrolyte." In your case the electrolyte was most likely salt water from winter roads. To keep this type of corrosion to a minimum in the future, wash the underside of the car periodically in winter, paying special attention to the wheel wells.
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Nice. Glad it was an easy fix for you. No reason for that to happen to a newer car.
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That's nuts! When I put my summer wheels back on I'll need to take a peak at how mine are looking. They use a salt brine up here and I've got 122,000 miles on mine.
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