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Cracked Rear Control Arm Mount

Take a look at my rear control arm mount. This is the control arm, or trailing arm inside mount. It has a serious crack and you can see where the PO had tried to weld. I have a replacement piece that looks like it will be major surgery to install! The crack looks like a clean break - almost too clean? Do you think a basic weld will correct this problem, or should I bite the bullet while the motor is out and have the new mount installed?

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Old 05-01-2006, 06:44 AM
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The replacement piece is indeed fairly major surgery to replace. And you have to make sure you get it in the right place, because it will be very difficult to get the rear suspension aligned correctly if it's a half-inch off.

But I'd be very very concerned about rust inside the existing piece. I would be exceedingly tempted to go for the major surgery. You can see some surface rust on the exposed part of the crack already. And if it cracked in that area already, what kind of confidence do you have in the rest of the part?

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