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1998 Caravan strut mounts rusting

From : dk1000

Q: hi i have a 1998 dodge caravan and the strut mounts seemed to start rusting real bad virtually over the last few months. what are my options i hear from someone that dodge makes some kind of sleeve that i assume you somehow put over the mounts to protect them from further damage but seems my right one especially may be beyond that point i aatched some photobucket pics of the rust. thanks much dan http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountleft1a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountleft2a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountright1a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountright2a.jpg .

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From : dk1000

thanks everyone for replying ill have someone look at it monday to see if its worth saving - probably not the way it sounds. does anyone know of any recalls regarding this issue thanks also for correcting me on the left/right thing does make sense now. btw the van has about 128k miles. there are other rust spots starting to show on the body. cleveland winters are harsh and they use a lot of salt here. dan .

From : jeffrey david miller

hi i have a 1998 dodge caravan and the strut mounts seemed to start rusting real bad virtually over the last few months. what are my options i hear from someone that dodge makes some kind of sleeve that i assume you somehow put over the mounts to protect them from further damage but seems my right one especially may be beyond that point i aatched some photobucket pics of the rust. thanks much dan http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountleft1a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountleft2a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountright1a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountright2a.jpg some how i suspect based on what ive seen that isnt worth fixing. my farther 97 did the same thing and his went from a mild rust spot to similar in about six months the problem is that salt and grime end up on top of the strut and just eat every thing from the bottom up so it doesnt look bad until it is to week to support the stress and then begins to disinigrate rapidly. having looked at quite a few of these vintage vans its hit or miss as to which ones have this issue .

From : peterd

on mon 24 nov 2008 222837 -0800 pst dk1000 dke3591@yahoo.com wrote hi i have a 1998 dodge caravan and the strut mounts seemed to start rusting real bad virtually over the last few months. no this has been rusting for a long time... years of rust showing there. what are my options limited and expensive probably. as well at least in some areas where there are safety inspections this vehicle would not pass. i hear from someone that dodge makes some kind of sleeve that i assume you somehow put over the mounts to protect them from further damage but seems my right one especially may be beyond that point i aatched some photobucket pics of the rust. thanks much left is drivers side right is passengers side. right/left is based on sitting in the drivers seat and the drivers right/left. swapping the two can be embarrasing. you dont say how many miles on the car or its general condition but it may not be worth fixing. im sure it could be fixed but probably not easily. the cost of a repair would likely exceed the value of an older van. book value on this car is under $1000 so any repairs should be carefully thought out to ensure you are not spending more than the car is worth fixing it... also if there is that much rust in the strut towers you can be 100% sure there is more rust in other locations along the sub-frame and suspension mounts in the rear probably. .

From : aarcuda69062

0bce042a-2a8b-4ef1-8347-789940eaedcc@c1g2000yqg.googlegroups.com dk1000 dke3591@yahoo.com wrote thanks everyone for replying ill have someone look at it monday to see if its worth saving - probably not the way it sounds. does anyone know of any recalls regarding this issue thanks also for correcting me on the left/right thing does make sense now. there are no recalls. btw the van has about 128k miles. there are other rust spots starting to show on the body. cleveland winters are harsh and they use a lot of salt here. value and price are two different things. get an estimate for the repairs compare that to what you could buy for that amount of money factor in the expectancy left on the drivetrain. you may find that it makes sense to repair the van and run it another 80k miles. .

From : peterd

on wed 26 nov 2008 231130 -0800 pst dk1000 dke3591@yahoo.com wrote thanks everyone for replying ill have someone look at it monday to see if its worth saving - probably not the way it sounds. does anyone know of any recalls regarding this issue thanks also for correcting me on the left/right thing does make sense now. btw the van has about 128k miles. there are other rust spots starting to show on the body. cleveland winters are harsh and they use a lot of salt here. dan scrap it... mileage is about max for that vehicle rust showing on the body strut towers totally gone you probably could get something for parts if the engine/transmission are ok try craigs list but be sure to indicate in any ad that it has terminal rust! .

From : aarcuda69062

ca221706-efd1-4311-bf2b-a55d9aa8d0af@x38g2000yqj.googlegroups.com dk1000 dke3591@yahoo.com wrote hi i have a 1998 dodge caravan and the strut mounts seemed to start rusting real bad virtually over the last few months. what are my options i hear from someone that dodge makes some kind of sleeve that i assume you somehow put over the mounts to protect them from further damage but seems my right one especially may be beyond that point i aatched some photobucket pics of the rust. thanks much dan http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountlef t1a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountlef t2a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountrig ht1a.jpg http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/dannywho/strut%20mounts/strutmountrig ht2a.jpg that didnt start in the last few months. you have the left and right mixed up. get it fixed before the left side breaks thru and takes out the wiper module and windshield. .