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Old 04-20-2017, 03:36 PM   #1
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SS suspension: Brittle rear coil insulators? (bushings?)

Spotted today during quick underbody inspection. Current mileage 28,400. The aft driver's side seemed to be the most cracked & brittle. Aft pax side looks like something has shifted or maybe twisted? Is this anything to be concerned about? Or is this normal condition w/ weather & miles, but doesn't effect function?

*Please take time to reply if you can provide USEFUL feedback. I obviously know nothing about the suspension, but feel it's a valid concern since I must travel a pretty rough 1.5 mile gravel route every trip.

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Old 04-20-2017, 03:38 PM   #2
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:57 PM   #3
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Surprising for the age and mileage but nothing I would concern myself with. Worst case scenario is you develop a metal on metal squeak once they start breaking apart and the spring sits directly on the spring seat. I bet that won't be for a while though.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:20 AM   #4
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Surprising for the age and mileage but nothing I would concern myself with.
Appreciate the reply & simple worse case info. Only 13K of miles are mine (2nd owner; not daily driver), but for sure my unpaved road is as harsh as the previous owner's snow & salt. (It was his daily driver) Tried to quickly sift through pages of suspension thread topics yesterday, and found nothing. Had time for a little more homework this morn, and now see why... Definitely more important components under there to monitor.

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Old 04-21-2017, 09:24 PM   #5
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Snow, temperature changes, and salt will do that to those rubber parts. That corrosion is something I would expect on a 70k+ mile car, so it looks like it sat outside and was daily driven in the winter.

Be prepared for the other exterior rubber parts to be the same.

Like menteioned above though, in this specific instance, if it were to go away the worst you would get is some squeeks from metal on metal contact. maybe a small drop in height.
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