The strut tower on my parents van (drivers side) is completely rusted to the point where you can actually stick your finger through the tower in several spots. I have arranged to have it repaired by a welder whos doing it on the side for $300 but will be out of the country till January. I would like to be there when the work is done to ensure quality, Just wondering what would happen if the strut broke through the tower? would it cause damage to anything else, And would this be dangerous to my parents? they drive only in the city and drive VERY slow, usually never going past 50km/h
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Here is a TSB for the repairs that maybe needed for the strut towers.
DATE: Oct. 14, 2002
This bulletin is supplied as technical information only and is not an authorization for repair. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retreival system,
or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, or otherwise, without written permission of DaimlerChrysler Corporation.
NS Strut Tower Corrosion
This bulletin involves correcting a corrosion staining, surface corrosion, or corrosion
perforation condition at the top of the strut tower/s.
1996 - 2000 NS Town&Country/Voyager/Caravan
Cosmetic corrosion or perforation at upper strut tower/s usually between the strut
and upper load path beam inner panel (inner fender).
Inspect left and right strut towers for condition. If corrosion is present, perform
one of the following repair procedures.
NOTE: ANY UNDER HOOD LABELS REQUIRING REPLACEMENT DURING THESE
REPAIRS SHOULD BE OBTAINED PRIOR TO BEGINNING REPAIRS.
Qty. Part No. Description
1 05080009AA Strut Cap (Left Side)
1 Kit 05086513AA NS Strut Cap Installation Kit
1 05080008AA Strut Cap (Right Side)
1 Kit 05086512AA NS Strut Cap Installation Kit
11/2 - 2 Cartridges
05083855AA Mopar Structural Adhesive
W-7804R 90-degree drill motor (PSE)
W-861 High-speed air cutter (die grinder) (PSE)
05016570AA Adhesive dispenser (MOPAR)
W-AK175 ACH Power set rivet gun (PSE)
Repair A - Cosmetic corrosion removal and the application of corrosion
resistant materials and/or primers and topcoats.
Repair B - Corrosion perforation removal and installation of 1 or 2 new cap/s and kit/s.
NOTE: REPAIR PROCEDURES ARE OUTLINED IN THE INSTRUCTION
SHEET INCLUDED IN THE PARTS KITS.
Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.
23-85-86-90 Perform Repair Procedure A- Surface
Corrosion (Rusted) - One Side
23-85-86-91 Perform Repair Procedure A- Surface
Corrosion (Rusted) - Both Side
23-85-86-92 Perform Repair Procedure B- Corrosion
Perforation(Rust Perforation) - One Side
23-85-86-93 Perform Repair Procedure B- Corrosion
Perforation (Rust Perforation) - Both Side