Originally Posted by arries289
Is there anything that you might attribute this damage to (ex. large pot hole, etc.). Was the link corroded?
Excellent question(s) arries289 and I thought of this myself, of course.
The link was NOT corroded at any way. It snapped where the threads go through the lower arm.
I did search the other night and had seen that the same thing happened to 2 other people on this board. My search was not very thorough as I think I typed in something like "banging/thud/noise coming from rear end". But I did see 2 instances where the posters shared that one of their rear-end links had broken at the threaded portion.
Now, it is my wife's Rav. I know that when she drives, she does not even try whatsoever to avoid any rough part/pothole, nothing. That is just the way she is and probably like most people.
The weekend, like 3 weekends ago, when I first heard the knock, I think the day before she had cut a curve in the road too close and ran over the curb with her 2 right tires, thankfully no damage to either the wheels or to the alignment but, BUT, it could be that the sudden shift of weight to the left-side of the truck/left suspension, could have then caused that link to snap.
Later that day or the next day, when I was at the airport was the first time I heard the bang. Either that or the bang I had heard was from the first time the link had broken. It was like someone shot a golf ball up at the bottom of the truck.
At least if someone does a search for rear end link, maybe my post will come up so others will be informed.