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Was driving over some rail tracks when I heard a loud bang from the back. Checked the suspension and found that the rear shock cover tube was loose and the upper aluminum shock mounting bracket was broken.
Upon further inspection, it appears that the upper aluminum shock mounting bracket failed due to high levels of corrosion. The other side has a similar level of corrosion.
Ordered new rear upper aluminum shock mounting brackets for both rear shocks (KD35-28-380B) (~$30 EA) from the local Mazda dealership, though they mentioned that these parts are typically sold with the shock assembly (much more expensive).
Removed and replaced the upper aluminum shock mounting brackets from both rear shocks (the shock cover tube can be twisted off). Also applied corrosion inhibitor to new parts to prevent future failures due to corrosion.
- Aiden S.,
Mission, BC, Canada