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Spring tensioner safety

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 ...
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Why are shock absorbers in wishbone suspension systems mounted on the lower control arm?

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 ...
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Spring tensioner safety

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 ...
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Spring tensioner safety

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 ...
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Is it safe to drive a car that has a broken suspension spring?

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 ...
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Leaf spring preparation

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 ...
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Leaf spring preparation

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 ...
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MacPherson strut not alligned to spring

What @HandyHowie said in comments. Of the two ends of the spring, one spring will be relatively flat and the other end not. The end which is not flat will fit into a pocket on the mount. I believe ...
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Suspension spring coil snapped at bottom, Is it safe to drive short distance

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 ...
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How to tell if rear coil springs need to be replaced on Ford Escape 2004?

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 ...
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Strut spring slipped off pad

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 ...
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Can lowering springs make the car handle worse?

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 ...
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Can lowering springs make the car handle worse?

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 ...
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How long does it take ( and how hard ) to replace front strut and spring assembly on a 2008 CRV?

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 ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

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. ...
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If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?

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 ...
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Suspension problem or broken steel belt in tire?

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 ...
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OEM length or shorter-travel shocks/struts for a car with lowered suspension?

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&...
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Can I replace a lost wishbone nut with any similar sized nut?

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, ...
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Suspension spring coil snapped at bottom, Is it safe to drive short distance

enter image description hereExtremely dangerous, please see pictures Was driving home from work at 30mph max in dark. lucky to get home.Spring broke and slipped down from shock absorber, ate all tyre.....
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Why are Oleo Struts or Hydragas suspension not used in cars?

Aircraft parts are designed to perform a function at the lowest possible weight that is consistent with safe and reliable operation. If a single part such as an oleo strut -- essentially a shock ...
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Should I be concerned about van with rear coil spring replacement after 85k miles?

Nearly certain the spring failed by fatigue at a defect. Likely a "one of". Metallurgical defect of inclusions or wire drawing most likely ; small chance of manufacturing defect like a ...
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Should I be concerned about van with rear coil spring replacement after 85k miles?

Well tire wear is normal. Certainly by 85K the vehicle should have gone through at least one set. But why only the one tire? Perhaps there is an alignment problem or other suspension issue related ...
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Vauxhall Corsa 3dr 1.0 active

If you are replacing your springs because they are sagging then yes, you will need an alignment because the new springs will raise the rear end. Raising the ride height will throw off the alignment, ...
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Front strut alignment issues in i20?

This sounds like you are describing a correctly functioning steering / suspension system. The change in angle is due to the combined effects of caster, camber and kpi (king pin inclination) and ...
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Can I compress the strut spring while still attached to my 2011 Jetta?

I'm not sure what you mean by "remove the steering knuckle from the axle" but it is possible to pull the whole strut off the car by removing the three bolts that hold the bottom ball-joint onto the ...
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Vertical play in wheels

Normally I'd say this isn't normal. However, considering you stated the suspension is lowered in your car, this may actually be something which is caused from it being lowered. Here's why I say this .....
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Bouncing car, notice every gap when driving

Car with modified suspension will have different ride characteristics than a standard car with stock suspension. So, your comparison may not be very useful. I once had a car that was lowered with a ...
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Offside Rear Coil Spring

Its normally a good idea to replace both springs on the same axle together, as just replacing one may result in a different ride height or stiffness on one corner of the car afterwards. Older springs ...
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Can lowering springs make the car handle worse?

Yes and no - it depends on what handling you want as a result : if you want race suspension where you can count every small bump and wobble in the tarmac fine , but if you want a smooth ride then ...
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