Originally Posted by 46er
so I should look for broken rear coil springs, and inspect my rear shock towers for any cracking or defects.
Thats right. check these two things.
Again, I have the same car as yours, and both my stock rear springs are cracked.
I really should be changing mine as well, but I'm presently not driving that car, so I'll worry about it when the time comes.
You can see a torn subframe clearly from either a)inside the the trunk under the carpeting, or b) by looking up at the shocking mounting points inside the rear wheel well.
torn metal looks like... torn metal.
the cracked springs however, are difficult to see. u kinda have to sneak your hand into the base pearch of the rear springs - thats where they usually crack. you'll feel that the otherwise curved spring either stops suddenly (the remainder of the spiral has broken off), or has a jagged/ bent edge.