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Old 04-21-2009, 03:09 AM
 
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Unhappy How dangerous is this? (rear strut broke today)

I was driving my 1991 Ford Escort today and I went over large bump and it busted the left rear strut mount. It basically is making some noise going over bumps and I can see the strut bobbing up and down from inside the car. However, the car is driving fine. I know this is going to be expensive and I do not have any money right now. I would like to know how dangerous is this? I mean, is like my rear wheel going to fly off or something like that?

thanks
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Meeami
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I would say fix it!! Maybe you can fix it yourself? Pulling out a strut is not that hard. Can you post a picture of what you think is broken? Is it the strut, or a piece, or the car?
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:17 AM
 
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It is the rubber piece on the very top of the strut mount.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Meeami
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If you have anyone with medium mechanical skills they should be able to fix this with you. the part cant be that expensive, or find a complete strut in a junkyard and that wil make thejob that much easier. I cant say the wheel will fall off, but cant say it woudlnt. (dont think it will). Heres a hint, offer you best beer drinking car fixing friend a 12 pack to help you change it out, after you buy the piece (and the beer, and maybe sme burgers!) . This has fixed my car on several offcasions. It does affect the way your car drives, i think the alignment in the back will be all over the place with that mount loose like that.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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You need to get it fixed. You probably should not be driiving it at all. On some cars, yuo need to compress te springs to remove the struts so you will have to buy or rent a spring compressor. Compressing the springs can be very dangrous. You should probably replace both rear struts together unless they are pertty new. You also may want ot get an alignment done after replacing the strut(s).

If it is a shock absorber not a strut, it can be really easy to replace (depends on the car).
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I would rate it between 'Very' and 'Extremely' dangerous. Mostly because the car will handle and drive unpredictably now.
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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Especially going around corners. The strut not only functions as a shock absorber, but also keeps the wheel attached to the body. Without a strut, the wheel stays on the ground but the car body still rises up. With sufficient speed and corner angle, the body will rise high enough to flip the car. This was the design flaw on Corvairs. (At least as far as suspension goes).
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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I was driving my 1991 Ford Escort today and I went over large bump and it busted the left rear strut mount. It basically is making some noise going over bumps and I can see the strut bobbing up and down from inside the car. However, the car is driving fine. I know this is going to be expensive and I do not have any money right now. I would like to know how dangerous is this? I mean, is like my rear wheel going to fly off or something like that?

thanks
If it makes you feel any better... I used to own a 94 Escort. The Strut tower actually rusted away and the entire strut came thru the plastic next to the rear seat. I kept driving it for another 10k miles, until I had enough of sitting strange in my car.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Get it fixed ASAP. Not only is the car behaving in a manner in which it was not designed to, you could cause further (more expensive) damage by driving it that way.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:00 AM
 
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I have got to have the worst luck with a brown cloud over me. I am so pissed off right now. I managed to find a complete strut tower with the spring and mount already installed at the junkyard for $50. I picked that up yesterday. I also found a mobile mechanic who is installing it this morning for $60. Total cost of $110, definitely a lot better then the $653 Pep Boys quoted me. So, I drive the car to work today and I managed to get in an accident. I was going over a bump and it managed to swing the rear end into the car beside me. Of course it has to be a 2006 Mercedes sl600. The only thing I can am happy about is no one was injured. I am now sure my insurance is going to go through the roof. I should have just called my work and told them my car was down. I should have listened to you guys.
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