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Old 03-26-2014, 05:07 AM   #1
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Boxster S - Rear Strut Failure?

I have a Boxster S 2003. Recently, while driving it started to make a weird noise, upon inspection I discovered there was a nasty cut on the left rear tire( see pics ). When I got home, I took the tire off but I couldn't find anywhere that would be rubbing against the tire to make that nasty cut, the closes thing was strut/shot. Could this be a Strut Failure or is it something else?
How much does it cost to replace the struts dealer vs indie shop?
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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That's just the tread seperating from the tire carcass. Looks like it was caused by alignment being out. you just need tires & alignment. Check struts for leaking fluid or replace if over 80,K miles.
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+1 alignment out
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Phew.. I thought it was something more serious... Thanks guys!!...
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Oh.. it *could* be more serious, like a bent upright. Is the car lowered? I see this when people think 5mm's of toe in is "OK" after they have lowered a car and realized they cannot adjust the toe far enough with the stock rear toe link.
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Also, you were pretty brave (or foolish) to continue driving it home after seeing that (unless you were a couple of blocks away and on a slow road). I would have immediately put the spare on.
As to your shop questions, I always use indy shops with good Porsche reputation. dealers are never a good deal if you are out of warranty. Likewise for parts - buy from the known vendors. Dealer mark ups tend to be very high.
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