Can Rear suspention brckt detach cause loss of 4 WD on 2000 Honda Passport

Honda recently issued a recall on 1998 -2002 Honda Passport for the rear suspension lower link bracket. Vehicles titled in states where they use a lot of salt are suseptible to corrosive damage and the bracket can fail and cause serious handling problems. I noticed the handling problems and about two weeks ago during the first good snow, I could not get my 4 whl drve to engage. When I took my vehicle in for the inspection yesterday, they deemed no longer safe to operate. When the lower link detached from the frame, it tore a big hole that can't be fixed. I was told honda would contact me in the next couple weeks and offer me a buyout price. I was also told that price would reflect the broken 4 whl drve. Is it possible that the failure of that bracket in the rear suspension has anything to do with the 4 whl drve failing?? Does anyone know anything about negotiating a matter such as this??

by in Milwaukee, WI on January 06, 2011
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ANSWER by on January 06, 2011
If the bracket failed, and allowed the lower link to come loose, then sure it could damage something, including 4wd components. As far as negotiating a price, it is pretty much on their hands, at least that was my experience when I sold my old Volvo. They have a blue book and look up the market price and that is it. I hope that it works out better for you.

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