Boy, I was feeling rich when I went to town yesterday. By the time I was done replacing the (nearly new) rear shocks and a coolant hose on the Jeep, not so much. But the rules of synchronicity have always been that I don’t always get what I want but what I need usually comes around if I keep my eyes open. In this case, a cash windfall arrived a few hours before I learned I needed to spend more money on the Jeep. So I’m not bitching. The busted shock is fixed (I’ll get to the other one probably tomorrow if the weather holds) and a leaking coolant hose is replaced.
Somebody asked for a photo of what happened, and the above pic should illustrate it clearly enough. The tops of both shocks have shifted over (that apparently being what the shop manager meant about there being a problem with the bushings) and the one on the left then got torqued and broke right in two allowing the top of the shock to become the bottom of the shock, dragging on the ground.
I bought the February shocks online, basically the cheapest thing available and that may be what led to my having to buy them twice. No doubt they’d have worked okay on pavement but the Jeep sees pavement once in every two or three years. The new new ones are more expensive and at least appear more robust.