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So, how bad is it to drive a car with broken springs?? i know atleast both rear springs are broken.,. i dont have money to get new ones right now, so i just wanna know how abd it is to keep driving. I sont know how long they've been vbroken, but i'd guess a while..

here's both reaer springs.. oh, sorry, the pics are pretty big, and the seonc one is blurry,,

 

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Wow. I got a good buzz on just trying to look at those pics.

The Escort stock rear springs have a known history of breaking. I have heard the reason they break is that moisture gets trapped in the rubberized coating and then they rot out. I'm not sure I buy that theory. I think they're just poor and underrated springs. I'm not aware that there is a problem with the front ones.

It's not the end of the world to drive with them broken. Your alignment could be off a bit and no good shop will perform a front end alignment on your car unless you repair your broken rear springs first. When I replaced mine and the struts (after I discovered the springs were broken), I didn't actually notice any significant improvement to the already hard ride. I check my car over pretty carefully on a routine basis, but I don't know how long mine were broken either. I thought the coating was simply deteriorated and had peeled away.

I wouldn't be in any rush to replace them and I usually ensure broken things get fixed ASAP. Wait for a nice day. It's a little awkward and mildly frustrating pulling the assembly out and reinstalling them if you don't have a lift. You'll find they only go in and out when everything is twisted and angled just right.

Good luck.
 

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Nopi.com sells lowering springs among other places. You could get a nice small drop like 1 inch or less. For about the cost of some new stock ones. Yea i guess its alright to ride on them. But replace them and change the struts(and shocks 1st gen). And it will ride like a new ride.
 

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I rode around on broken springs for about six months to a year, by the mechanic's estimates and my description of how the car worked when. You won't pass inspection, in most cases, with broken springs. Other than that, it did no harm to my car except perhaps wear out the rear struts a bit faster and make the car handle/ride shitty. Oh, and this is but a small request, but could you maybe resize those pictures for those of us with dialup and bad eyes who can't set their monitors to ungodly high resolutions?
 

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The thought of the springs breaking never hit me until I was hit by the idea from ERDT back in the day. I never noticed a ride or handling difference (been around the wagon since it was brand new) with the left-rear and right-front springs broken.

I swapped the factory originals with Eibach springs and Tokico ZX2 S/R struts. I only had a socket set, a breaker bar, and the jack that came with the car when I did it almost 2 years ago.
 

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My local U-Pull it junk yard gets $10.00 for a complete strut assy. I got 4 new Monroe sensa-trac struts and new rear springs for $40.00. Best part is I did'nt have to fool around with the springs. I had broken springs too, but my shocks froze up solid last winter. What a banging and carrying on that was untill they would thaw out.
 
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