I think it is a combination (at least on the front knuckle). The part is designed/engineered to barely meet the strength requirements and if there is a tiny flaw in the casting it will fail. Where the lower ball joint attaches is the thinnest part of the entire piece. Personally, I don't think they designed enough "leeway" in the part...
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I'm no expert but now that I look at it blown up, it looks to me that the dark part might be a casting flaw...
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I think Honda owes me some parts, how do I submit a request/complaint?
Any word from Honda on this issue yet?
Go post this up on there Twitter and Facebook pages. I bet you will have a response with 24 hours I have done that with other companies and it works. As long as you have a legitimate case and you are unhappy with the service it is an effective method.Submitted a CR Service Request with details and pictures on 7/10. All I asked of them was to pay for the parts and I would provide the labor but haven't heard a peep and honestly don't expect to. Nothing other than an automated email with the case # when I submitted the online request. Not even a "Sorry, can't help you" reply or anything from them in 10 days. Maybe that is a good sign but I doubt it. Probably means they are hoping I just go away.
Anybody here know anyone at Honda that I could contact? I would like to speak with someone about this but don't know where to start other than the request I submitted.