My 34k mile car has a broken suspension spring

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Dan GSR, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. Dan GSR

    Dan GSR FEOA Member

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    Not sure how, but my passenger side rear spring broke.
    Luckily ebay has fully loaded shocks dirt cheap
  2. Swift

    Swift FEOA Donator

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    at least on the 2nd gen, the rear springs break alot
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  3. rbailin

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    Ditto for 3G. Replace both sides.
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    98_Jim FEOA Member

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    Both my rear springs broke.. I replaced them a couple of years ago. It's a feature of the Escort :)
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  5. dchawk81

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    It's called age. It happens. My '97 broke too.

    Mileage is irrelevant. Tires get weather cracked no matter how much tread is left, metal rusts, hoses break. Time is time.
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  6. Dan GSR

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    Sounds more like defect. None of my other cars did that
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  7. dchawk81

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    Yeah you might consider it a defect along the lines of a valve seat drop.

    Shouldn't be a thing but is with these cars.
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  8. Dan GSR

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    Turns out both sides were cracked
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  9. Dan GSR

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    Two fully loaded shocks for $70 shipped, awesome. I can't even buy one spring for my other car that cheap 20170206_160423_HDR-1.jpg
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  10. dchawk81

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    Pretty.
  11. Intuit

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    I think he means they don't often not break.

    Fortunately it is quite rare that they ever come unseated, they always break on the last turn at the bottom and it barely seems to affect ride-height meaning, they don't bottom-out and can typically leave them alone. But if you ever take them apart then yes, the springs will need to be replaced.
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    BTW, are you sure it's "34k" as opposed to "134k" ? For most of it's life, people were 100k off on guessing my mileage.
  13. Dan GSR

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    Yes 34k. Not a typo
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    I see it's a 3rd-Gen. Thought it was a 2nd-Gen. A client/friend had a 3rd-Gen where the springs came unseated; scraped the undercoat right off the sidewalls.

    The very ancient Rusty Reaper loves this...
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    http://www.starlingear.com/
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  15. zzyzzx

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    Yeah, but those are cheap Chines struts that won't last, and may fit poorly.
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    What like his OEM that lasted 34k?

    For the price, I'd take my chances.
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    At 34K I would just replace the springs unless I had a reason to replace more. That and Monroes are still made in USA.
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    Yeah I got to be honest. At 34,000, I'd put in KYB. Or some other equal or better brand.
  19. Dan GSR

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    Not looking to keep more than a year. Otherwise I would
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    If I'm looking to buy a used car, and I see a cheap ass Chinese strut on it, I am thinking that the person is using the cheapest parts that they can find all over the car and walk away from that breakdownmobile. Plus the whole keeping it for a year is wrong since you never know. When I bought my 1995LX new, I figured on keeping it 12 years. It's now 21, and I drove it to work today.

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