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I would say this would be fine to drive slowly and carefully over short distances (I've had worse) - but things to be careful of: potholes speed bumps (seriously - watch out) cornering hard high speeds Also try and avoid braking or accelerating hard - gently come to a stop at lights etc as you want to avoid too much nose travel up and down. Get it to the ...


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I use two part spring compressors like you show here on a regular basis.* I think you'll be fine but there are some good things to watch out for. Watch out for the threads. If the compressing clamps jump threads, the spring could suddenly express a lot of its potential energy. With McPherson struts, it's entirely possible to catch a finger between the ...


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Ducati use desmodromic valve systems because it provides for; A more faithful adherence to both; (1A) Not just high speed Valvetrain timing. (1B) But also high acceleration Valvetrain rates; regardless of what weight/material the valve is made from. The latter (1B) - which can provide an advantage over the pneumatic Valvetrain design approach - allows ...


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Springs do wear out overtime or with severe duty use. You can determine if they are sagging by checking the ride height. Where this measurement is taken and what is normal varies with each vehicle type and brand. The spring is what determines ride height, as it is the component that is supporting the vehicles weight. One of the leading causes of spring ...


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It's not that bad. I wouldn't go driving fast or anything, but you should be okay. There are guys who cut the springs on their Honda Civics (it's always Honda Civics for some reason) to make them lower and they seem to be doing okay.


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The late 60s to early 70s mustangs has shocks and springs on the upper control arms. Normally They are installed on the lower control arm to save space. By fitting them between the control arms the towers don't have to be as tall or the shock/spring could be mounted directly to the frame.


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The goal was to prevent valve float at higher rpms. Given the metallurgy of the day it required a lot of spring pressure to ensure that the spring was push the valve closed. The desmo unit mechanically forces the valve closed as opposed to using spring pressure. This would allow an engine to run at a higher rpm then a unit with a conventional spring poppet ...


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A fairly common issue on cars with strut suspension are broken springs. As the strut wears it looses its ability to control spring dampening. This allows the spring to compress and expand faster and farther than designed. Over time the spring weakens and breaks. The break many times occurs at the very last turns of the spring and may go unnoticed. Look at ...


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Use EXTREME caution and you should be fine. One major issue is watching out for the nuts on the end of the bolts: there frequently is no nut stop at the end of the bolts, so the nuts can totally unscrew and the entire assembly can explode in your face, resulting in serious injury or death. But there is no structural reason why they are bad to use. Just be ...


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I'm not a pro, but I don't like the look of those spring compressors. I have some Harbor Fright ones that scare me for the same reason - the hooks don't have a safety lock on them. I dread the thought of all that compressed energy being released. I prefer the Lisle type, where they have a clamp and bolt system.


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There is a hazard from the broken part of the spring as there may be a possibility of this dislodging from the remaining part and contacting the tyre. This could then damage the tyre wall and cause a blow out. It could also fall into the road causing a hazard (being picked up by lorry wheel and thrown into passing car. Just had spring break after 105K miles ...


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With broken springs, wheels tend to "jump": on average, the wheel will spend less time in contact with the ground, especially when the road is slightly bumpy. This reduced braking efficiency. For the short term, reducing your driving speed will lower your need for braking, and thus compensate this effect. Be warned that willingly driving with such a known ...


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I agree with @ Rory Alsop that yes the car can be driven short distances at reasonable speed in order to get it replaced. Be aware that the broken spring no longer has the formed end that positions in the strut. While many people do cut their springs, it is a calculated cut hopefully balancing ride height and spring rate. In my experience the most common ...


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I had the same thing - a broken spring at a rear wheel. I did drive it a few months till I got to fix it (I was a student and I didn't have enough money at the time) but I did go slower and been more careful and things worked out. Go slower, be more careful and repair it as fast as you can.


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I would check/replace the strut's top mount. The rubber may be worn allowing excessive movement at the top of the strut. Try pulling in the strut to see if the top mount moves excessively. If the rubber looks OK and nothing is worn, try loosening the mounting bolts and see if it can be relocated slightly to move the spring away from the panel it is ...


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Beyond what @cory says, once you get them hung on the chassis and the weight of the diff dangelling on them, the leaves will open up and you can squirt in some marine-grade grease. This will let the leaves rub against each other smoother. If you intend on disassembling the spring pack, then you can fit some PTFE-based plastic sheets between each leaf for ...


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I'd probably replace the bushings, knock off some of the surface rust, spray a rust inhibitor / paint and put them on. Having them retensioned would be needed if they have flattened out, or your vehicle's extra weight causes the ride height to be too low. No real way of knowing that until you fit them.


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Pretty much all cars rely on a fixed ride height for the front and rear suspension to be correct. And you'll have to get it aligned after lowering (or raising) because the steering geometry will always change, in addition to toe, camber, sometimes caster, and there might not be enough adjustment. For example, lower the front (steering) wheels and your tie ...


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Do you have jack stands? If not, that's something you'd really need to have. If you are handy and have all the tools, getting it done should not be an issue. Do a search on YouTube and you should be able to find something. Remember also, you need to figure in the cost of an alignment as well. Time to do it really depends on your skills and stupid things like ...


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From the detail in the image it looks like the top part of the spring is broken and has fallen out. The final turn of the spring should have a diameter smaller than the rubber pad so it sits on it and the left hand image is not smaller...


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Having just replaced a single coil on my 12 year old car, I can tell you that the handling has been significantly affected. The car now tends to oversteer and no longer handles bumps as it used to. I will be replacing the second coil immediately.


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It is illegal and totally dangerous to drive the car like that. Regardless of how small the spring break is. Its broken - it now affects the entire suspension, handling in that case, steering and brakes. Life is more important. Yours and everybody else.


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My car is Renault Clio Campus 1.5 dci 2007, front Left Coil spring is broken. I bought 2 and changed the broken one today. it seems ok but I am going to change the other tomorrow. I did not get any help it took 2-3 hours to remove and replace the spring because the I had to compress it manually. with hand tools. it is only 3 bolts (nuts) need to be taken. ...


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Here are some points which you should look for in your suspension to determine whether you need to change them or not. 1. Bumpy Ride Drive the car on some rough roads, if you can feel all of the slightest bumps then unfortunately your coils are wearing out and you need to fix them. Also drive on a pothole in low speed, does your suspension does full travel?...


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The springs will rarely if ever go bad, so should last the lifetime of the car. There are only two things which really affect the longevity of springs. First is if the shock goes so bad, there's no dampening on the suspension at all. If this was the case, there would have been severe road vibration and a lot of swaying going on before shock replacement. The ...


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tl;dr: any modification can lead to situations where your car feels worse than before. Lowering springs are particularly prone to these situations. Can lowering springs make the car's handling worse by lowering the center of gravity? Yes, for certain definitions of "worse." Let's talk through some of the basic things that change when going from stock ...


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If your tire had a bad belt or a problem that could shake the car it would be 1) visible and 2) constant. As this is a front wheel drive car there's no rear axle, diff or CV joints, so the problem is almost certainly in the rear suspension, which is a torsion beam with a spring and shock. You've recently disassembled the rear drivers side to replace the ...


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The short answer is, it depends. Most spring manufacturers will specify if their springs are designed to work with OEM or uprated shock absorbers. For example on my old VW Bora, I fitted a set of H&R -35mm lowering springs specifically because they were the only ones I could find that were TUV approved for use with standard shocks. You may also find ...


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You asked, Could this cause the tyre to blow? The answer is yes. When springs break, the larger piece often remains "in place" and under compression by the vehicle's weight - the issue caused by this is that the car will ride lower on that corner. In your case, the car is riding low enough for the tire to be contacting the inside of the wheel well ...


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You can't use just any nut that has the same size and thread, you have to make sure it has the same or better mechanical properties as the original, and by this I mean type of metal, grade of metal, locking/non-locking, etc. Suspension components take a beating, the most sure-fire way to get the right bolt is to order the oem part, which will have a part ...


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