slipperysam
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Phev 2014 suspension gator

Mon May 31, 2021 9:02 am

Hi All,

I have just changed the front pads on my phev and noticed the suspension gators are split on both sides hanging. Is this a know problem?

Car was only in mitsubishi 1 week ago, they found a few issues but they did not mention this.

Can these be replaced or is it new suspension?

Sam
PHEV 2014 - White (Black when i don't wash it)

DibbyDibbyDJ
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Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Mon May 31, 2021 4:26 pm

They can be replaced after stripping off the spring.

They are normally not bothered with as do not cause a concern, but i have seen them hang down on some cars and unluckily get stuck down the side of the oil seal and cause loss of fluid and damping.

So now i always trim them up if there are any bits hanging and report to customer that they need replacing
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greendwarf
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Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:44 am

Although issues with loose reptiles, such as these, only occur in Florida :lol:

slipperysam
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Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:08 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the reply. So would you recommend getting them replaced. Would dirt and grit get into the seals?

Sam
PHEV 2014 - White (Black when i don't wash it)

DibbyDibbyDJ
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Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:44 pm

They are really only a dust cover, secured at the top, and as you go over bumps as the damper extends the shfat will be exposed to the elements anyway.

Its just the loose bits that cause concern
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NightPHEVer
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Location: Forres, Scotland, UK. 2014 GX4h with clear rear light lenses.

Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:38 am

I've just noiced that mine too have done this recently. My PHEV has only done 32,000 miles from new. Poor quality rubber/plastic - too thin perhaps. They weren't like this last November when I put my winter wheel 'n' tyres on. I don't know if perhaps jet wash usage over the winter may have accelerated the deterioration of the rubber. I work in a garage and do use a big, powerful 'professional' use only jet wash. But I'm very careful with it as I'm aware of the damage that can be caused ie, air-con condensor, tyre, rubber body trim and even paint damage. Doesn't look like it would be very easy to replace the gators though...

NightPHEVer
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Joined: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Forres, Scotland, UK. 2014 GX4h with clear rear light lenses.

Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:40 am

I've just noiced that mine too have done this recently. My PHEV has only done 32,000 miles from new. Poor quality rubber/plastic - too thin perhaps. They weren't like this last November when I put my winter wheel 'n' tyres on. I don't know if perhaps jet wash usage over the winter may have accelerated the deterioration of the rubber. I work in a garage and do use a big, powerful 'professional' use only jet wash. But I'm very careful with it as I'm aware of the damage that can be caused ie, air-con condensor, tyre, rubber body trim and even paint damage. Doesn't look like it would be very easy to replace the gators though... I'm guessing this isn't an MoT failure?

greendwarf
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Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:30 pm

So now there are problems with crocs in Scotland - I suppose that's global warming for you 8-) :lol:

EssexBoy
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Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:49 pm

See my post on this topic in another thread, viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5372#p57474
They are perhaps better in aftermarket parts and certainly cheaper. Glad I did mine as much for the fresh rubber above the spring as the dust gaitor around the strut. If you are in warranty inspect these now and try to get MMC to replace as they are clearly a low quality component. If you are really cheeky ask them to put on German aftermarket parts !

littlescrote
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Re: Phev 2014 suspension gator

Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:26 am

greendwarf wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:30 pm
So now there are problems with crocs in Scotland - I suppose that's global warming for you 8-) :lol:
Although there are differences between crocs and 'gators, they're nowhere near as different as gaiters. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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