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That spring can rotate and rip out the tire - catastrophic loss when entering a bend could mean driver, occupants, other drivers, and/or bystanders could be singing with the angels... Ground the car instantly, it is not safe.


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My biggest concern with issues like this is causing additional damage since the spring is no longer being supported the way it was designed to be. Also, the rear suspension is (obviously) compromised, handling is going to be affected. My recommendation is to park it until it can be fixed.


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Hitting a bump at speed can cause several problems: Tire or wheel damage: generally this requires a replacement tire or wheel Suspension damage: a suspension member could have been bent or damaged by the impact Alignment problems: this isn't damage, just needs a re-alignment Lost wheel balancing weights: this is easily fixed by getting the wheels re-...


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The basic issue from a mechanical point of view is that the spring (not the shock!) is what supports the weight of that corner of the car. Clearly, with a piece missing, it is not doing that as it was designed to. If the car "bounces" while being driven, the broken spring may end up further out of position and not carrying any load at all. Personally I ...


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The last three quarters of a turn of the spring is flat, and coiled to a smaller diameter than the body of the spring, so that it can sit snugly around the locating nub welded onto the frame, with the rubber isolator between them. With most of the last turn missing, the spring is effectively resting on a single point. The first picture shows its proper ...


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These do need replacing. As you suggested the top one is blown out (damaged, anyway). I doubt the reason was due to the tie rod ends, though. Tie rod ends keep the wheels going in the right direction. The sway bar helps to keep the vehicle level during cornering. The reason these are worn out sooner than expected is because whoever put them on there, ...


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I hear what you're asking about roll bars and in single-wheel bump scenerios the disadvantage to this is that it can cause lift off on the unloaded side which isn't what you want when the horizontal axis of the path is constantly bumpy at opposing sides of the vehicle's axle (when you feel your head being slammed from right to left in violent and consistent ...


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The difference may be due to the angle you are looking at. Try taking a photograph of the rear of the car that matches the press photo (same distance and angle) and see what difference that makes. Also bear in mind that some press photos will be of pre-production cars. Looking at this diagram, I'd say the measure I'd personally apply would be that the ...


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Time to hit your pull-a-part junkyards, mayhaps with family members needing supplemental income =) Some old-school places have people to do the pulls (& even the replacement work) for you.


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It depends on the rear suspension of the vehicle as to whether it will "dip" or not under the circumstances you're talking about. The type of rear suspension I'd suspect you are describing is a cantilever design, where there is a forward pivot point at the body, then the two hub ends project towards the back of the car. This forms a large "U&...


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That looks about right from the different cars I've worked on. The 4" clearance is running next to the wheel so it is assumed by the designers that the wheel will be in contact with ground before any part of the suspension will. In reality if you live up an unmade road with some washed out pot holes then you quickly find out how much clearance you ...


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The risk here is that the suspension may come apart while the car is being driven. The repair could have done minimal structural damage the car, or significant structural damage. Without physically examining the work, or at least seeing good-quality photographs, it's impossible to answer your first question. No. This is within the capability of a competent ...


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Are you in the state or Canada because if you are in Canada you have got two options one is Ontario more often than not items like shocks are way way cheaper. Option two is Carid or Rock Auto, ask for a Canadian or America or Mexican made part as there is no broker fee on them when they cross in to the country I have saved thousands of dollars buying parts ...


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Yes, if you can find a place capable or prepared to do the work. The price may change depending on if you remove the parts or expect them to.


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I have driven in India and i have the x-rays of two broken ribs to prove it. I use the Tire calculator from tacomaworld.com to compare tires sizes, it is very handy. You just enter size you have and the size you are thinking about buying and it will show your specs and an image of relative size differences. You play with it until you get tires of ...


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That looks like the shock tube has come apart...time for new (do both sides). You can drive it like this, but it can be dangerous at highway speeds. Without a damper, the tire will spend as much time off the ground as on. This type of shock is relatively inexpensive...a few hundred dollars for both sides-installed, any shop can do them. If this is a ...


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Yes, considerably more so. The whole point of the suspension it to allow the car to absorb bumps and holes in the road - by lowering it you're reducing it's ability to do so. You're also changing the angles of various parts of the suspension, meaning the forces aren't being transmitted in the direction the manufacturer intended, increasing the likelihood of ...


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This is perfectly normal. I currently have two Mk3 Golf (plus a Mk1 and a Mk6) and have previously owned a number of other Mk3's, both Cabriolet and Hatchback. They all look like this.


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Because it will reduce mechanical grip Bit of an old question, but it doesn't appear to have been answered accurately. I'll try to explain in layman's terms, which might mean some of the language might not be 100% accurate as per physics, but it helps to understand it! It is possible to have a roll centre higher than the CoG by making the upper link in a ...


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