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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-17-2017, 12:47 PM
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Buying the part aint what scares me is the instal price??? unless I do it myself but I'm not sure I got all the tools for it... I'm gonna take it to the body shop if they say its better just to replace it then i'll try buying the part and doing it myself.
I see your point, since you'll need to take off the cowl, and shock top mount, but it's not too difficult with the right tools, but I also think you'll have to paint it to match and get the proper sealant for it, then check the rest of the front suspension out and get an alignment. I really don't see any problem with having it welded back into place/shape, and then some time down the road, remember there's a part for that, if you want/have to revisit the "fix."
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The glue being discussed here is referred to as automotive seam sealer. It is used to seal gaps between the multiple sheets of stamped steel that are modern cars 'frames' [unibody] are comprised from water intrusion, wind and noise. Not every gap requires the seam sealer and it is not structural. Furthermore the multiple pieces of stamped steel are spot welded (resistance welded) together not continuous 'beads' of weld (filler welding) so there are gaps like this all over that are completely normal but covered over with seam sealer to prevent water from getting trapped in the gaps. That area of the shock tower is multiple layers of stamped steel, if it were coming apart or structurally compromised you would know it as this thread would be about very alarming noises and or vehicle behavior and not just about a gap in seam sealer.

In short, just add some seam sealer. If it gets worse and you start hearing noises and the vehicle behaves abnormally then you have a problem. It looks like it could have just been applied a little too thin there, or something has recently happened with this vehicle.
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I was looking at my strut tower earlier today, @Koala Yummies, and concur with you 100%. Since I posted the part#, I wanted to take a closer look to see what needs to be done to install it, and found that there's no reason to weld or replace, since mine's got a few gaps too.... Another member had to replace his because it rusted out (from Wisconsin winters and salt, etc.,) but that's not the case here.
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I could not tell from the picture if it was a gap all the way through to the wheel well liner. If it is normal gaps just reseal as all of you have suggested. Forgive me for giving bad advice.
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So I took it today to the body shop and the guy said that It dint need any fixing that its should be fine as it is ...
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It's good to know the body shop thinks everything is fine. Sometimes we get paranoid about the little things that aren't really a problem, and it sounds like they've confirmed what @Koala Yummies was talking about in his last post here. Time to chill and drive, I say!

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It's good to know the body shop thinks everything is fine. Sometimes we get paranoid about the little things that aren't really a problem, and it sounds like they've confirmed what @Koala Yummies was talking about in his last post here. Time to chill and drive, I say!
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Oh, Koala was right about something. Again. What a shock[NOT].

And sounds like you found an honest body shop, not a small task in itself.
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Oh, Koala was right about something. Again. What a shock[NOT].

And sounds like you found an honest body shop, not a small task in itself.

I hope so the guy looked at my car and the first thing he said is "What kind of Honda is that?" and he was in kind of a hurry or something but who knows maybe he's probably right i'm just stressing over something so little...
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.....the guy looked at my car and the first thing he said is "What kind of Honda is that?" .....
You'll find that becomes a way of life.

The guy who tried to make it into a drinking game succumbed to cirrhosis.
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