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Just had alignment..WTF is this???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jammdogg, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Nov 1, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    Brunes

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    The boot would be globs of grease, not a liquid film imo. I would just clean it off and see what you can see over the next few days.
     
  2. Nov 1, 2011 at 5:57 PM
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    Yup!
     
  3. Nov 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    I just looked at it again with the flashlight. The boot seems OK. It is not thick at all. My guess would be shock. The reason I took it in for alignment is that I hit a fairly decent sized rock on our way up to the trails. There is absolutely no liquid of any type on the drivers side...

    Also the liquid seems to be all over the shock body, especially at the lower spring seat.

    I just called them and am taking it back in the AM.

    TW Rocks. I appreciate all of your assistance!
     
  4. Nov 1, 2011 at 9:22 PM
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    I would say blown shock before torn CV boot
     
  5. Nov 1, 2011 at 9:58 PM
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    I do alignments at work all the time. If your tie rods were stuck or they needed to adj the camber they may of sprayed something on them to help free them up. It cant be the cv axle cause that is some seriously thick grease. The shock could leak but I have never seem them blow out all over the suspension like that. Pretty sure its something they sprayed on it to loosen some bolts or something. You happen to get it aligned at a les schwab?
     
  6. Nov 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM
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    it does look like its allover the strut. maybe they were hoping to stop a squeeky strut bushing or something that they heard on a test drive.?
     
  7. Nov 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM
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    same shit as everyone else
    I'd wipe it off and see if it comes back. Thats oil not CV grease. Probably penetrating fluid of something. Go snow wheeling this weekend and the snow melt will wash it off :D

    BTW dude did your left rear ever lock up again after that last climb?
     
  8. Nov 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM
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    LOOKS LIKE PB BLASTER OR FLUID FILM TO ME???? They use alot of that stuff on alignments

    his wheel is turned:rolleyes:
     
  9. Nov 1, 2011 at 11:05 PM
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    This would be my first thought.

    And, a not-so-good shop would drool at the opportunity to do a CV boot.
     
  10. Nov 1, 2011 at 11:54 PM
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    Looks like a blown shock, not like it can't happen, my gf blew a rear shock hitting a donut at 40mph when she wasn't paying attention in pismo.
     
  11. Nov 2, 2011 at 4:37 AM
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    Just had the same thing happen to my car and it looked pretty much exactly like that. The strut was blown and the oil leaked out onto everything around it, first time I had seen one fail.

    I had drops of oil on my driveway too and had been wondering where they were coming from because it was coming from the side and not the middle of the vehicle. The oil leaks out and eventually stops so you think the issue is gone but it's really just empty and the strut isn't functioning properly anymore.
     
  12. Nov 2, 2011 at 4:58 AM
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    Don't assume it's going to be a costly repair, make sure you actually have a problem first. The mechanic could have just gotten spray happy with the PB Blaster. Wipe everything down and watch it for a couple days.
     
  13. Nov 2, 2011 at 9:38 AM
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    PB blaster or a blown shock. Clean it up, drive it around, and see if there is new fluid spilled.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2011 at 9:46 AM
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    Blown diff/cracked axels. Seen this thing before. Your shot outta luck gonna be +5k for fix. Might as well SAS for around 2k :anonymous: btw I fit 33" tires on stock suspension with no rubbing
     
  15. Nov 2, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    Couldn't resist. To many "pb blaster" comments. Had to change it up
     
  16. Nov 2, 2011 at 9:49 AM
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    He has the wheel turned ffs.

    Looks like a blown shock, but hard to tell without being there in person.
     
  17. Nov 2, 2011 at 9:53 AM
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    You guys are way off!

    Looks like astroglide to me...
     
  18. Nov 2, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    Maybe there's something the OP isn't telling us...
    :jerkoff:
     
  19. Nov 2, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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    Thanks Pugga! It was a Les Schwab alignment, and they just informed me it is a blown shock. They want to replace it with some brand I have never heard of, for ~400 installed.

    So he is now looking at an RCD /Fox coilover setup for me. Supposedly new and not on RCD site yet. $490 for front. He is getting me a part # or type so I can present it to all of my friends here on TW to tell me if it is any good.

    I would think almost anything is better than the stock coils with the spacer.....
     
  20. Nov 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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    Once...I think the e-brake was sticking. Once I set and released the brake, it was all good!
     
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