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Another broken rear shock tower thread, 2nd gen wagon

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by Shotgun Chuck, Feb 24, 2020.

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    I’ve used Monroe quick struts and had no complaints. Best to replace them in pairs
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    Monroe's site lists the same part number as Advance Auto Parts, I'll be buying them tomorrow.
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    "You know that those wholesale closeout struts are normally so old that they are bad out of the box."

    Hey, that's not entirely true. I got a pair of Wholesale Closeout struts, and only half of them were BOOB.

    Of course by the time I got around to installing them and finding out, the return period was over.
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    SITREP: After borrowing my mother's car for a week just as my two jobs decided to run me ragged, I'm finally acquiring the parts. How is this task accomplished and beyond a breaker bar, what tools (jacks, socket sizes etc.) will be required?
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    A regular metric socket set should be sufficient. A torque wrench would be nice as well, but not absolutely necessary.
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    When my 1988 Pony Escort did this on both sides we put a thick wood board across the towers and two vertical boards with big L brackets into the floor with pretty thick bolts. Then laid another board between the vertical boards on the floor for extra support and drilled those in. Worked great for the remainder of its life until the engine gave up. Was probably the strongest section of the whole car.
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    Pics please!
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    I wish I had pics, didn't think it was cool 15 years ago when I did it.
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    Well the wooden Escort repair might not be cool, but it certainly sounds creative, and as these cars get rustier with age, more relevant.
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    Yeah, posting pics of stuff like this wasn't a thing 15 years ago.
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    Work has just been kicking my butt lately and I have had zero time to deal with this.

    Unfortunately bumps have been kicking this thing around (just trying to get in/out of my driveway means running over a 5" berm!) and it's a lot more hosed now, got at least a coil of spring coming through and I can't tell if the tower itself is still fixable because I cannot see anything back there; just too much random stuff obscuring the damage.
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    I'm willing to beet that it will be worse than initially thought. The REASON the strut mounts rust out, is due to the design flaw that creates a nice comfy spot for water to just sit with no airflow. After pulling what was left of my failed strut mount, I found that a good part of the body came down with it. What should've been a quick and simple fix, wasn't. More details...
    https://www.feoa.net/threads/no-srtut-tower-rust.82678/#post-732582
    https://www.feoa.net/threads/i-think-i-need-a-new-strut-mount.80196/#post-714250
    https://www.feoa.net/threads/q-protecting-the-strut-tower.69593/#post-640517
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    Yeah, it's big hecked. Top of the shock tower shattered, can't even see where the mount was supposed to bolt on, those pieces probably fell on the road somewhere. Absolutely no fix without welding, not sure that replacing the mount would have fixed or helped anything. RIP Miracle, think it's time to find another beater with a heater...
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