Updated info on rusty strut towers.



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    Updated info on rusty strut towers.

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    Interesting write-up and great advice. One question, the dialog seems to suggest that all vans (or at least Gen 3 vans) need to have this fix done. True? I ask because our June 1998 built Gen 3 is showing no signs what-so-ever of having any rust on the strut towers. Do you reckon that I'll need to perform this TSB anyway?
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    My daughter's 1999 is fine, no problems with the strut tower corrosion at all. If you don't have the problem, I think you just need to check - and DOUBLE CHECK the towers regularly to keep ahead of the problem.
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    According to the original TSB, the problem is due to a manufacturing defect, namely a void
    between two stampings, which does not affect all vehicles.
    The right thing to do would have been to identify suspect minivans by VIN and issue a recall.

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    I'm new to Chrysler minivan ownership so forgive my ignorance. What year models are subject to this problem?
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    The problem affects these vehicles:

    96-2000 T &C
    96-2000 Caravan
    96-2000 Voyager
    I'm a retired ASE Master/L-1 Technician. I still keep current with the latest automotive technology. I now have over 400 repair articles, TSBs, and wiring diagrams on my blog: http://www.ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com//

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    That update is from YOUR SITE.
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    Now, is that 4 tubes per side???? If so, that's a lot!

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    Answered on the original site ... 2 per side.

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    Yeah, sorry, I wasn't clear about that. 2 per side leaves enough left over to coat the backside of the rivets inside the strut tower. After the adhesive cured, I also sprayed down the inside walls of the tower with undercoating.
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