IrelandHS
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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:29 am

Just be aware that I got the rear suspension and springs replaced and still got high imbalance reading. So just saying 'worn out shock absorber' does not take into account which part is worn out.

It turns out there is an issue with the Bushings in these cars I believe.

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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:20 pm

If anyone els has had this problem I'd love to hear from you as I am dealing with it right now. Thanks to all for comments so far. I only got the car in January!
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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:31 pm

IrelandHS wrote:Just be aware that I got the rear suspension and springs replaced and still got high imbalance reading. So just saying 'worn out shock absorber' does not take into account which part is worn out.

It turns out there is an issue with the Bushings in these cars I believe.
If you got the rear suspension and springs replaced without success that cannot have been the cause.
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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:04 pm

Yes Mr Netherlands.
That's exactly what I'm trying to say. :shock:
The imbalance was caused by something other than the two main suspension parts! Which turns out to be the bushings.

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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:12 pm

The dealer thought it might be "worn springs" - since when has that ever been a thing?

So they put the car up, replace all the suspension and don't notice (or even suspect) the bushes?

Sound like cowboys to me :twisted:

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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:07 am

Cowboys - or fools... Since when does one replace a suspension without replacing bushes and rubbers?
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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:03 pm

jaapv wrote:Cowboys - or fools... Since when does one replace a suspension without replacing bushes and rubbers?
I have to say, this was my first thought too.

Last time I had any suspension work done (different car) everything was supplied as a kit.

(The guys doing the fitting even showed me how the new bushes were an improvement over the original ones).

I'm still toying with the idea of having mine lifted slightly...

(for ease of access and improved ground clearance).
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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:31 am

Just to finish I will say that it was a reputable Mitsubishi Dealer and I wasn't charged for any of the replacement parts so they weren't trying to take money off me.
But I do think they were generally dismissive of the imbalance readings, wanting to blame the nct testing equipment and wanted to do the minimum to get the car over the line.

Now I just want other people to be aware of this weakness that is not uncommon in this model and to ensure the entire suspension is checked /replaced.

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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:55 am

Oh, they make money from a guaranty repair all right. It is just the factory being billed instead of you.
Did the car drive any differently after the repair?
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Re: Rear Suspension Failure

Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:55 am

Thinking more about this, I'm still alarmed at the "worn springs" suggestion. I've heard of "broken" springs but never "worn", as the physical nature of a spring is that it can only really become weakened by over-extension (impossible on a car) and never by excessive compression when acting as a shock absorber. Yes dampers do wear out and very occasionally so do bushes but I have only had this problem once in years of motoring. Given the general reluctance of Mitsu to repair anything under warranty I doubt the OP actually had the springs changed unless it is easier/cheaper to do this when replacing a faulty damper by putting in an entire new strut assembly.

As far as I can see from an example on ebay the car has trailing arm suspension with Macpherson struts which seem to involve a number of bushed joints - so difficult to know which are being referred to, but I don't recall anyone having this problem on this forum. Therefore, not sure that this can be described is a well known issue with the PHEV.

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