Strut/shock rear mount broken - safe to drive? - Kia Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 10:59 AM
Full Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Drives: Kia Sedona 2.9LX 2003
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thread Starter (Thread Starter)
Default Strut/shock rear mount broken - safe to drive?

Trying to get hold of the parts at the moment, and get my mechanic to fix but I've got to drive 200 miles to customer and not sure if I can get it fixed beforehand.

Looking at rear shock, it looks like the top bit including a rubber bit is lose and the shock is rattling around. When driving, it gets really rattly.

I guess whats happening is when I hit a bump I'm not getting the dampening I should get.

It seems to be handling OK at the moment but I dont want to drive if its unsafe....


Last edited by psychocandy; 03-14-2012 at 11:39 AM.
psychocandy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 04:04 PM
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 76
Drives: '02 Sedona 3.5L
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default

Hi psychocady,

Looking at the pic, it doesn't seem anything broken. All it is the shock retaining screw came off or if worse, the shock is dead.

No one is going to tell you it is safe to drive the van for 200 miles with a bad shock, but I can tell you the shock is not going to completely come off if you drive carefully.

Regardless, you need to replace this shock. I would replace both side. If you need it in a hurry, go to local part store and get it; if not order it from Amazon: KYB 344296 GR-2 or Monroe 911272 Reflex.

If you want to DIY, all you need is removing the 4 big bolts holding the shock mounting plate while you don't even need to jack up the car or remove the wheel. The bolts might be hard to break, you can sit down on the floor and push with your leg on the breaker bar or wrench. If you have changed shock before, it probably takes 20 min.

Good luck and post back.

Hope this helps,

Bruce
bruce2 is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 04:24 AM
Full Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Drives: Kia Sedona 2.9LX 2003
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thread Starter (Thread Starter)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bruce2 View Post
Hi psychocady,

Looking at the pic, it doesn't seem anything broken. All it is the shock retaining screw came off or if worse, the shock is dead.

No one is going to tell you it is safe to drive the van for 200 miles with a bad shock, but I can tell you the shock is not going to completely come off if you drive carefully.

Regardless, you need to replace this shock. I would replace both side. If you need it in a hurry, go to local part store and get it; if not order it from Amazon: KYB 344296 GR-2 or Monroe 911272 Reflex.

If you want to DIY, all you need is removing the 4 big bolts holding the shock mounting plate while you don't even need to jack up the car or remove the wheel. The bolts might be hard to break, you can sit down on the floor and push with your leg on the breaker bar or wrench. If you have changed shock before, it probably takes 20 min.

Good luck and post back.

Hope this helps,

Bruce
Hi Bruce,

Yeh. You might be right. Think the top bolts are still there but really loose somehow....
psychocandy is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 09:52 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 27
Drives: 2005 Sedona EX
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Default

For what it's worth, a co-worker of mine had a retaining nut come off the top of the rear strut of his VW Jetta, but continued to drive only to hit a big enough bump to allow the strut to pop out of the mount piercing the rear tire.
EVH5150 is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 09:12 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SE QLD, Australia
Posts: 301
Drives: 2001 Kia Carnival 2.5L manual & 2000 Carnival Auto
Gallery: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Default

So long as the shock is retained, only the top mount rubber has perished away.
Then all should be okay short-term till ya fix it..

Family man with Kia Carnival 2001
KV6 petrol engine variant.
Rebuilds after years of using as a 4WD substitute...
Conglomerate is offline  
Reply

  Kia Forum > KIA Models > Kia Carnival & Sedona Forum > Kia Carnival & Sedona

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kia Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On