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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-17-2004, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Shock replacement woes! And busted springs! Pics inside.

Got the top removed from the engine compartment, but we couldn't get the bottom bolt out of the LCA, no matter WHAT trick we tried. So I decided to bust out the reciprocating saw and shred sh*t. I think I'm just going to end up getting new LCA's.





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Tools needed to remove front Shocks...


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All 4 of my springs were broken like that
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my 96' has broken springs up front, and the 91' cougar has all four broke.
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I see a trend going here....Canada, Minnesota, Michigan..........

In OK, we just have to take the bolt out easily and I haven't worked on a TBird here yet with a busted coil spring. Maybe you guys need to relocate????
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yeah, I'm moving to BC
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I see a trend going here....Canada, Minnesota, Michigan..........

In OK, we just have to take the bolt out easily and I haven't worked on a TBird here yet with a busted coil spring. Maybe you guys need to relocate????
Same here, my car is stored 6 months out of the year.
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Throw WI into that list rich I had the problem with getting the bolt out and i just replaced my shocks and springs and of course i had a spring broken on the front and rear
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My car is stored 6 months out of the year.
My car is driven in snow 6 months out of the year.
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I guess I've been spoiled, my car spent the first 7 years of its life in North Carolina, and then I move to Oklahoma, so it hasn't seen much snow. The one blizzard we had in NC in like '99 I think, I didn't even try to get out of the driveway in the Cougar, I automatically drove the truck.
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I steal my mom's car when it snows....the only time i like FWD

Rich...if my springs break like that...we have some inspecting to do..as hard as they were, they shouldnt break for anything.
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Ain't that the truth. As soon as I see my car again, I'm going to cut mine down just a little to get rid of the 4WD look.
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Not one of my springs was broke this spring when I replaced them, and they were originals! Also they were treated badly, driving on pot-holed roads and everything.

Not going to comment on my LCA bolts, nothing to brag about there .

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None of my springs were broken either and they were original.

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Heh My front suspension was easy to rebuild with just normal HAND tools.. non of the springs where broken (even thou i'm now on my 2nd set of drop springs (the other set is still good but wanted to try something different) and the stock springs where in it for a good 10 years or more??

also the LCA bolts where a cake to take off too

only one Pita of a bolt will be a toe adjuster in rear.. when and IF i decided to rebuild my rear suspension
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