Excessive corrosion of a suspension component

I don’t seem to see many vehicles nowadays that suffer with excessive corrosion, but today I had an example of excessive corrosion in a suspension component.

The rear suspension arm on a 1996 Fiat Cinquecento had rusted through beneath the rear spring.
Owing to the nearly perfectly round hole,I had to look twice and compare with the arm on the other side of the car to confirm that it was indeed corrosion rather than the design of the component.
As a highly stressed component replacement rather than repair is called for in this case.

Some VW’s , Skodas and various other makes and models do have the rear springs sitting in a similar shaped seat but the hole in the centre of the seat is by design.


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