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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-05-2004, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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broken coil spring

While working on my rear brakes the other day (that's a whole other story in itself ), I noticed that my rear passenger side coil spring had somehow snapped in half. It snapped at the last coil on the bottom of the spring, so it still kinda sits in there ok.

My question is this: I have no money, like literally $0.00. It's gonna be a while until I can save up the money to replace it. Is this going to be a problem? I really don't care about ride quality, I can deal with that, I'm concerned about it being a safety issue. So any input on the safety factor would be appreciated.

My next question: When I do replace it, is it a good idea to just replace the one or would I want to do both rear coils? Or even all four? I would think I would want to at least do both rear coils, since as far as I know, they've been on there for 10 years now and I'm sure that the new one would be stiffer (less worn out) than the old one on the other side. But I'm not really sure, so any input on that issue would also be appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-05-2004, 02:55 PM
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Don't replace just the one coil, do both sides. It isn't necessary to change the fronts out - unless you're going to adjust the height by putting in lowering springs, or adjusting from a stiff to a soft spring or the other way around.

Even though you're financially challenged at the moment, you could try junkyards for springs, they aren't worth more than $20/piece.

As for safety - don't worry about it. Keep an eye on them in case more coils break. Right now it'll sit a bit funny on the one corner, and you'll probably hear noises. Alot of people here have found broken springs when they've gone to change components, including myself on my little brother's SC, both rear springs were broke.

About labor - you can change them yourself easily enough if you have jack stands and a floor jack, so that won't cost anything.

Good luck,

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-05-2004, 03:46 PM
 
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Ya mines broken on the same side in the rear and has been like that for at least 2 or 3 months since i saw it and its been fine.
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Too bad you aren't closer or I would let you have my rears when I pull them out for my GP springs.

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You can have my rears....... I'm in Mt. Holly NJ about 10 mins from you. PM me when you want to meet and they're yours.


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I had two broken springs one my one-year old 1995 T-Bird, when I purchased it.

Don't know why the Dealer never noticed it when inspecting the car. Both springs were broken at the loop just above the bottom one that lays in the isolator.

Never experienced any driveability or handling issues with the springs. I even tow a jet-ski, and a utility railer with it.

The rear spring was replaced at around the 140,000 mile mark, and the front one continues to work well at 211,000 miles.

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I bought mine with a broken front spring. A previous owner must've hit something so hard it broke the spring, which knocked the steering out of alignment. I had to get both springs replaced before the alignment, otherwise the spring halves moving around would unalign it again. Anyway, I paid $90 for a new set, but it cost $245 to have a garage put them in. So if you can do it yourself, definately give it a shot.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-19-2004, 06:32 AM
 
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I noticed three of mine were broken when I put my lowering springs on last year. All of them broke less than one coil each.

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