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I have a 95 ford escort wagon with 125000 miles and runs like a gem. I was having uneven tire wear on the rear tires and found that my rear springs are broken, but its not too bad. They are chipped off at the end and the car still runs fine, but i can see the rear tires are tilted by about 2-5 degrees. I hope this spring issue is not a driving hazard!!

I was wondering if its fine to keep it running and have the tires replaced more often. Since its a high mileage car, 300$ for getting the springs changed is very steep since i am a student.

Also, the car has been having low traction on snow. I have Douglas Xtrac tires from walmart...any suggestions on new tires that have good traction on snow?

Thanks and happy holidays!!
 

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This is a common problem.

I drove on broken springs for a long time before I even realized they were broken. I don't think you need to worry about driving on broken springs - I expected a much better ride after I replaced them but quite frankly, the ride is still just as hard.

There is so little weight in the back of our cars that I don't think your tires will wear much faster anyway.

You can change them yourself easily.
 

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ford95 said:
I have a 95 ford escort wagon with 125000 miles and runs like a gem. I was having uneven tire wear on the rear tires and found that my rear springs are broken, but its not too bad. They are chipped off at the end and the car still runs fine, but i can see the rear tires are tilted by about 2-5 degrees. I hope this spring issue is not a driving hazard!!

I was wondering if its fine to keep it running and have the tires replaced more often. Since its a high mileage car, 300$ for getting the springs changed is very steep since i am a student.

Also, the car has been having low traction on snow. I have Douglas Xtrac tires from walmart...any suggestions on new tires that have good traction on snow?

Thanks and happy holidays!!
so you'd rather replace your tires 300+ every half a year or so than put out 300 now and save tires?
 

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I don't think you'll even notice the rear tires wearing more, especially if you rotate them. If you never rotated the tires, even with broken springs, the rears would last forever.

I wouldn't worry about getting to the springs in a hurry.
 

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Extremely common. If you own a 2nd gen escort long enough, the rear springs will break.

You just have to visually inspect them. You'll know if they're broken.

I think the rough ride is more due to old bushings at various linkages. I replaced front and rear springs/struts and the ride is still what I consider hard.
 

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rear springs will cost you bout $75 for the rear set, and the spring compressor is about $20, and it is a pretty simple process....if its still too expensive...im sure someone has their old springs lying around from when they put their lowering springs on...and yes the rear springs on our cars are frequent to breakage...

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Yes, i was thinking of replacing the springs myself. Hopefully from a repair manual, i should be able to figure out the steps and replace them in summer time. Also, the spring compression device can be rented from Autozone for free.
 

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spring replacement is very easy,
i have a cset of spring clamps, were givin to me and i have made my money back 6 fold with them.

dependeng on how the springs are broken the car might sag in the rear, i fixed springs on a gt and where they brok one full coil it raise th car back up link 1/2 inch,
 

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ford95 said:
I have a 95 ford escort wagon with 125000 miles and runs like a gem. I was having uneven tire wear on the rear tires and found that my rear springs are broken, but its not too bad.
Exactly what's the tire wear pattern? Mine looks like bad camber wear. I'm going to check the springs this weekend.
 

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New springs (TRW CC853) were about $60/pair. New rear struts (Monroe gas charged replacement strut) were about $50 each at Autozone as of Feb 13. Now I need to get a spring compressor. Anyway, should I get new boots for them?

I still don't know for sure if my rear springs are broken, one of them looks rather suspicious (2 coils right next to each other with no space inbetween and I can grab the coil and move it around more than I probably should, I think it might be broken inside the plastic sleeve part). Anyway, for $60 I'd rather replace them now then have them break later and have to redo the whole thing.

Anyway, probably the reason I'm asking so many questions about this stuff is because I've never attempted to replace struts before, so I'm trying to do the back ones myself first then see if I want to do the front later. I remember paying a lot of money to have this done on my first Escort when it was about 9 or so and it made a big difference in the braking and handling.
 
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