Control arm recall

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  1. scotty
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    Looks like I'll be heading to Morrie's soon.
     
  3. Aegis
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    Aegis TAKE IT!

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    damnit!
     
  4. istoptofly
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    So just Impreza, not WRX/STi I take it.
     
  5. Mr.Tran
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    I'd call and ask, it is the same platform.
     
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    I will, need some clarity on the 06 WRX and all STI's with aluminum LCAs. Don't see them corroding and failing like stamped steel might.
     
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    I have seen some seriously rotten control arms in that generation. I can see where the safety recall is necessary.
     
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    Walser says the 06 WRX does not have any recalls. However, when they tried to look up the bulletin number, they couldn't find it.
     
  9. Mr.Tran
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    Well it said in the article the recall will take place in Nov. So the bulletin may not be out as of yet. I would definitely suggest keeping an eye out for one.
     
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    Yeah that would nice to know for sure. I got to see a Honda yesterday with a control arm fail. Not a pretty site.
     
  11. Vector
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    Actually, aluminum corrodes too, especially when exposed to salts. There was a bulletin and an increase in the chassis warranty to 100K for my '05 Nissan Altima (and all sold in "winter" states), which has aluminum control arms and sub-frames front and rear. Apparently some of the rear sub-frames were corroding much faster than anticipated. (Mine look great 6 years later, so...)

    However, it's easy to see how the GD/GG steel control arms could trap a lot of dirt, moisture and salt, and hence rust away very quickly. The design of the alloy arms is much different in construction and wouldn't be affected the same way.

    Saw a bunch of older Hondas with failed arms over the winter. Seems like people would probably slide into a bank, crack the arms, and then drive for a while and have them let go unexpectedly later, under very little stress (that's speculation though).
     
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    Thanks for the info, I'll be bringing mine in pretty soon. Hopefully I get new ones just because the car is old :)
     
  14. RexNEffect
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    Thanks for the info! Looking at the VIN range, my WRX is included in this, and that would likely mean all WRX's 2007 and older are included in this.
     
  15. J.Rex
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    2006 WRX's have aluminum control arms like STi's and I would guess to be excluded
     
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    interesting...thanks for posting this up. I'm hoping that the Subaru dealer can just take a look at my car. I trust them more than Saab with my mainly Subaru vehicle!

    And I wonder if they will let me trade up to STi control arms and pay the difference...
     
  17. JasonoJordan
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    ive read conflicting info. Are they replacing them all regardless or are they checking the condition of them and then making the call?
     
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    The link in this thread said they would check them and give a anti-rust coating or replace them if needed. But until the official recall comes out we won't know for sure.
     
  19. svxninja
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    but has anyone received a letter though?
     
  20. PaulasaurusREX
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    My '07 wrx wagon doesn't appear to be included within the VIN range. Hrrmmmm
     
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    Looks like mine falls within the ranges, Tonka Subaru, should i call or wait for something in the mail?
     
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    Subaru is good at getting the notice out if you have a REAL recall. Subaru is really bad at making sure dealerships have all the parts avaiable for the recalls...
     
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    I wouldn't say it isn't real, as the article stated they haven't released a bulletin yet. However that doesn't mean they will or will not. But you can believe if there's another control arm failure there will be a lawsuit more than likely.
     
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    They have released the bullentin. PLEASE PLEASE dont start using this thread as something to have us in PARTS look up where you fall in the bullentin, Wait for it arrive in the mail and call 952-797-1352 and make an Appt.
     
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    sounds good, that is why i asked
     
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    I just got a letter for my 2002 wrx on Friday. I haven't looked at mine ever really but with 180,000 miles on the car I hope the just replace them haha.
     
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    Got a letter for my parent's Outback XT for this. Gonna be making an appointment soon.
     
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    Just got hte letter as well. Gotta get the car back together and get some new control arms. I hope. :lol:
     
  29. freeze2104
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    sorry if this is a super dumb question, but if i bought my car from a private seller, will i get the letter or will he?
     
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    Probably depends on how long you've had the car. For reference I bought mine from a private party in august of 2010 and I got the letter. Even if you don't get the letter you can still get the recall done if you just give the dealership the vin, that's what I did for the gas line recall.
     
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    Double check that letter... Outbacks didnt fall into this recall
     
  32. anthony mendenhall
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    Just talked to SOA and 2004 sti is not included in this recall fyi
     
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    FYI, sti has aluminum control arms...
     
  34. anthony mendenhall
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    So are u saying that aluminum does not rust? I know that they are aluminum, and I also know that aluminum can rust and or break
     
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    Your signature should say "nobody likes a person who speaks before knowing what he is talking about"
     
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    "Rust" generally refers only to the mix of iron oxides and hydroxides that result from the weathering of iron. However, other metals, including aluminum, can produce similar corrosion products.

    As other answerers have mentioned, a thin layer of aluminum oxide forms on the foil. It is much, much thinner than the foil - probably under 100 nanometers. This layer generally protects the underlying metal from further oxidation.

    However, this layer can be destroyed by some chemicals. Aluminum corrodes rapidly in acidic environments. Aluminum foil exposed to hydrochloric acid fumes will corrode (yielding a mix of aluminum chloride, oxychlorides, and hydroxides). Strong bases like sodium hydroxide will also attack this layer and oxidize aluminum metal. Amalgamating metals like mercury or gallium will form a liquid alloy with aluminum, and the oxide layer is not stable on liquids. Thus, contact with these metals followed by exposure to air and/or water will also result in corrosion.
     
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    Really?
    Go make a donation bump
     
  38. Adam D
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    Seriously, Mr. Wizard? I guess now we'll have recalls for every aluminum piece on our vehicles.
     
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    Will do.. Sorry to burst your bubble man. Next time I post a FYI on a possible recall that could affect many members it would be appreciated if you just read and not speak if u have no clue what u are talking about.
     
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    No not every aluminum piece is a safety concern. When your control arm breaks u can lose control of the vehicle. This causes a safety concern
     
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    I have the recall letter sitting in front of me, you don't.
     
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    Jesus christ, the control arm recal is because of RUST on a STAMPED STEEL arm, not on a SOLID ALUMINUM ARM. Your SOLID aluminum control arm is never going to rust THROUGH, which is what SOA is concerned about.
     
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    I had my '07 in for the 105K maintenance last week and they sprayed the arms down even though it wasn't included in the VIN range.
     
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    I got the same letter
     
  45. ShortytheFirefighter
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    You're being a bit vague here.

    Is my 2011 covered under this? I have control arms made up of unobtanium which is very susceptible to aluminum rust. Why haven't I gotten a letter yet?
     
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    got my letter in the mail today