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#1 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 02:29 PM
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2006 RAV4 - Sway Bar Corrosion and Break

Just yesterday, I got a nice letter from Toyota explaining the 2006 to 2011 'recall of a recall' - aka Safety Recall C0J / CSJ - how nice.

Today, I backed out of the driveway and heard an awful clunk - almost like a rock hit the undercarriage. I pulled back into the garage and took a look around and found that the end of the sway bar on the drivers side has broken off. I hope it's not related to the other issue, but certainly is a corrosion related problem.

I've not seen any recalls for this in the system - Has anyone gotten this fixed under warranty?

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Wow look at the rust in the chassis. It must be from living in the snow belt.
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Yes - I live in the snow and salt belt of the midwest. I got it fixed today, and the mechanics said it's a pretty common occurrence.
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That's the rear sway bar end link. Lots of topics about that part breaking on this forum. Pretty common occurance as you say. Bad materials and/or bad design IMO.

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I just broke the passenger side sway bar link as well, and had to pay to have it replaced. Now I received my recall notice (CSJ) for the rear suspension arm in the mail. The two are not related?
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Not mechanically, no. The sway bar just controls body roll, and if it breaks it just makes noise and the car might seem to lean more in turns. Other than that, no harm.

But a broken suspension arm/tie rod is much more serious because they directly affect the attitude and attachment of the wheel, and could cause a serious wreck.

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