A few weeks ago I started to get a squeaking noise coming from the right rear strut area. At first I thought it was a problem with the ex-rear seat, battery rack, hatch or even the body cracking because of the extra weight. Then the noise progressed to a clicking noise. Then on Thursday, as I rounded a corner and hit a bump, there was a large BANG, followed by a constant RATTLE CLUCK KNOCKIDY KNOCK KNOCK. I stopped for a quick visual and finding nothing obvious, I kept driving.
Up on the jack with some interior panels removed, I was startled to find that the right rear strut mount had rusted right through and broke. Here's a video:
Check out the rustiness:
And the knackered strut mount:
Here is the strut with the new strut mount installed:
It was not looking forward to spending money on new struts, but as it turns out, this strut is an aftermarket KYB strut, so they have been replaced before. It still felt quite good when I worked it up and down. Excellent....now I don't feel bad for being cheap by only replacing the mount and not the strut as well. But I should probably be proactive and get another strut mount for the left side and replace it as well, hey?