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Old 11-07-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Cracking between drug bin and strut tower. Anyone else have this?

My ZHP sedan is cracking on the seam between the drug bin and the passenger side strut tower. When I bought the car the owner told me that it had previously had this problem but it had been professionally repaired. Everything looked great. A few months later, I was driving on the interstate and they had just paved a new section of the road so it was about 2 inches higher than the rest. When I hit that, I definitely bottomed out and I thought of the strut tower since the previous owner had mentioned it. I pulled over and it looked like this.

My question is, is this seam structural? The car drives fine and sits even on both sides so I'm thinking maybe the hard hit just tore apart the closest weak point. Either way I'm gonna have it fixed. Also I looked underneath and I don't see any welds so the last owner probably just had it filled with seam filler. Anyways, anybody else seen this? Seems like the strut towers usually mushroom if they have a problem which mine aren't doing.
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