Questions tagged [springs]

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Front strut alignment issues in i20?

Sir, my car i20 front struts shockers are aligned perfect 90 degree with respect to ground when steering wheel is at normal or 0 degree position. However, the left shocker slanted bit about 30 degree ...
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OEM length or shorter-travel shocks/struts for a car with lowered suspension?

When lowering a car on lowering springs or coilover sleeves (any lowering without a matched shock/strut provided by the spring manufacturer), should I also try to source a shorter length shock? Seems ...
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Can I compress the strut spring while still attached to my 2011 Jetta?

Removing the strut is quite a task but if I could compress the spring with the right tool 'while still on the car', I think that the strut could come out of the steering knuckle with-out removing the ...
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Is it safe to drive 2 miles to garage with a broken coil spring?

The driverside coil spring on my ford fiesta has snapped, though it snapped very near to the end and the coil has dropped 1 coil down. Would it be safe to drive to the garage which is 2 miles away if ...
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Vertical play in wheels

I had my car jacked up recently and I noticed a vertical play(wheel going up and down) while holding the wheel at 9 and 3 and trying to move it. This comes with a severe knocking on the rear, both ...
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Totally wrong rear springs fitted to car during factory production

One year on since buying a new car and we've finally acheived confirmation that the wrong rear springs were fitted to the car - in the factory production line. Apparently the springs were those for a ...
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How to tell if rear coil springs need to be replaced on Ford Escape 2004?

Recently replaced rear shocks on 2004 Ford Escape with brand new ones. After replacing them, I took it for a test drive, the rear of the car started to have weird wiggling that didn't have before. ...
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Strut spring slipped off pad

I have a 2011 Town and Country (70k miles) and I had a clunking develop on the driver's side a few months ago. I figured out that the strut bushing/bearing was the cause and the clunking was the ...
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Suspension problem or broken steel belt in tire?

I have among many cars, a 2005 Chevy cobalt LS. it's a nightmare! Spend more time under it than driving it. So recently I replaced the front passenger ball joint, and the driver's side rear coil ...
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How long does it take ( and how hard ) to replace front strut and spring assembly on a 2008 CRV?

Just went to get my car inspected, mechanic told me that I need new front struts, car has 120k on it so it kinda makes sense. He quoted me $950, I called the auto- parts store and they told me that it ...
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Bouncing car, notice every gap when driving [duplicate]

I own a Micra K11 from 1999 for some months now. The car has been lowered with lowering springs. The thing is, that the car is really bouncy, but when driving over a threshold or something, it ...
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Offside Rear Coil Spring

Renault Clio mk3 2008. Offside rear coil spring has broken and I've been quoted £129 to replace the spring and shock absorber but does it need a new absorber?.
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Replacing vehicle springs with magnets

With a motorcycle or a car where the spring are separate from the shocks could I replace leaf or coil springs opposing poles of 2 magnets instead of the springs? What problems may it cause?
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Can lowering springs make the car handle worse?

Can lowering springs make the car's handling worse by lowering the center of gravity? I have heard the statement that the suspension geometry can be off with the lowered springs and thus actually ...
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Why are rear and front spring rates different?

So I was doing some research and people were saying than the front and rear spring rates should be different? It seems to have something to do with motion ratio and under/oversteer, but how exactly ...
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Leaf spring preparation

I have a 1973 series 3 landrover, and have been fortunate to pick up some replacement leaf springs with much less wear than my existing set. The vehicle is moderately stock, but has a 6 cylinder ...
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Spring tensioner safety

I recently ordered this tool kit at an extremely reduced price. While I am confident about the general quality of those tools I am quite reserved about the spring tensioner included in the kit. In ...
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Why are shock absorbers in wishbone suspension systems mounted on the lower control arm?

Is there any particular reason (relating to the sprung mass) for having this kind of setup? I am yet to see a wishbone suspension with the shocks on the UCA.
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Why did Ducati decide to use the desmodromic valve train rather than a more tradition valve train?

Ducati's use a unique method to open and close their valves. It's called the desmodromic valve train. The desmodromic valve system does not use springs to close the valve, it uses the cam and has a ...
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How do I stop my shock spring from rubbing?

I replaced the passenger side front shock on my 2009 Mazda 5 almost a year ago. It has been making noises, and upon inspection I see the coil is rubbing on the nearby metal. I don't know how to check ...
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New struts on a 2000 model year car with 225k miles, replace coils?

Should the suspension coil springs be replaced on a Toyota Celica that is 15 years old and has 225k along with the struts or do the coils never really go bad? How about the top bearing plate?
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Do springs wear out?

I will be replacing the struts and shocks on my car soon. I did them last about 80000 km ago, but at that time I did not replace the springs. Do springs wear out over time? Should I replace them ...
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Is it safe to drive a car that has a broken suspension spring?

Yesterday I was driving home from work and heard a loud noise which I can only really describe as a "clang". After looking at it today, it looks like the spring for the front left (passenger side) ...
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Rear suspension much more sensitive to bumps than front

Whenever I drive over speed bumps (or pot holes or whathaveyou) I notice that when the rear wheels go over, the whole car jumps up and down and clatters, a lot more so than the front wheels. I am ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

I just had my car serviced and they discovered that the front, near side coil spring is "incomplete" and needs replacing. I'm getting conflicting advice about whether I need to replace both front ...
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How to determine the compressed height of a spring?

I am looking at replacing the springs on my vehicle and am trying to get stiffer springs while avoiding a major change in ride height. With my vehicle, one of the old common ways to do this was to ...
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How do I silence squeaky springs on a 2006 VW Golf?

I have a 2006 VW Golf and my front two springs are squeaky like bed springs. I have tried spraying them down with WD40 but it doesn't help. Some seasons they are quiet other times (I believe more in ...