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So I hear the LX wagons rear springs break too easily.

Ok what are my options to make these springs stronger to help prevent breaking?

I just bought that car and searched this and other forums for answers.

Next week I will replace timning and seperting belts and inspect brake lines, tho I can see some slight cracking beginning on the rubber hoses in front lines.

So far i don't know if the car has leaf springs --like my truck-- or coil springs --like my last truck--?

Thx for any advice to strengthen or replace with less breaable springs on my 97 LX wagon, with the alledged 110,000 miles. I'm suspicious after jacking front end and seeing those cracked hose lines to calibers.

Oh well, I'm happy with how car drives and everything appears to funtion properly.

I will go to autozone.com and see if they have answers to my rear spring questions.

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Though my rear springs are healthy for my '94 wagon, I do plan to upgrade them so I can load more stuff in the back if need be. Fortunate for me, I have access to 2 great junkyards. If you can, search around for a set of good wagon springs off a junked car. Otherwise just buy new aftermarket or OEM.
 

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BerylLasko said:
Though my rear springs are healthy for my '94 wagon, I do plan to upgrade them so I can load more stuff in the back if need be. Fortunate for me, I have access to 2 great junkyards. If you can, search around for a set of good wagon springs off a junked car. Otherwise just buy new aftermarket or OEM.
So far the nearby salvage yards have only older escorts.

Email in another group said not to use the OEM --what everthat is--.

Suggested "Moog" struts/springs?

Thx Rybo
 

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The rear spring issue isn't just for wagons, it affects sedans too. Just get a good set of springs and replace them.

The springs are coil springs, by the way.

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cklaubur said:
The rear spring issue isn't just for wagons, it affects sedans too. Just get a good set of springs and replace them.
The springs are coil springs, by the way.
Casey
Thx, I'm starting to get the picture now.

I seem to recall some many years ago, there being little rubber blocks that could be put between the coils of a spring to give the spring more support or something. I forget exactly what they were used for or if they would help keep a coil spring from breaking.

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OEM = factory replacement. If your just looking for something to get by, something like Moog would be fine I guess.

Perhaps down the road you plan on upgrading the suspension for something more performance oriented, you'd wish you had spent money on that in the first place.
 

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BerylLasko said:
OEM = factory replacement. If your just looking for something to get by, something like Moog would be fine I guess.
Perhaps down the road you plan on upgrading the suspension for something more performance oriented, you'd wish you had spent money on that in the first place.
Thx Berry. The only performance i'm interested in is, having springs that don't break with normal use.

You oppinion appears to be, that, the OEM springs are the best choice for not breaking under normal circumstances, but I'm under the impression, that, it is the design of this car has springs that are under sized.

Are these springs around the strut or are they sperate from the strut spring?

My Chevy had coil springs and seperately had shocks.

I will know more once I this sucker raised on a rack and see what is what.

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From what I understand, there was a flaw with the springs the car left the factory with. Aftermarket OEM springs seem to be better.

As for spring location, there is only the spring around the strut.

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cklaubur said:
From what I understand, there was a flaw with the springs the car left the factory with. Aftermarket OEM springs seem to be better.
As for spring location, there is only the spring around the strut.
Casey
Ok Casey Thx. I think I will try internet ssearch fro "prevent broken coil springs" and see where that leads me.

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i think you are worring about broken springs to much, the wife has owned a escort wagon for over 10 years racking up some good miles ( 1 hour to work each way) speed bumps pot holes and everything only 1 broken spring in 10 years with 2 cars

both cars were bought used
 

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i think you are worring about broken springs to much, the wife has owned a escort wagon for over 10 years racking up some good miles ( 1 hour to work each way) speed bumps pot holes and everything only 1 broken spring in 10 years with 2 cars
both cars were bought used
FDOB, perhaps, however, one of the reasons I finally decided on an escort wagon was that it was one, of only two vehicles, that I felt would hold as much or more lumber inside than my subcompact Festiva.

I could get 10- 2" x 4" x 8' inside with hatch closed and in addition I could get 3 - 2" x 6" x 10" sticking out front passsenger window.

I looked at 94 Honda Civic( subcompact ) but its height in rear would have held less lumber and i feared, that, its rear window hatch would only let in fumes if I opened it for 10 ft or longer lumber.

Ford focus seats would not fold low enough to allow any or much lumber in.

Saturn wagon was first car I found, that I could afford, that had seats that would fold low enough to get plenty of lumber.

Pontiac Vibe was my *firs*t choice if i had the money( 5,500.00 ) and its front seat did fold flat, even tho its cushion was very thick ergo the lumber would have rode high.

So, weight will be a concern for me.

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U should be aware that my local AZ and wrecking yard both tried to sell me the sedan springs as being the correct replacement (SW spring is 1 1/2" taller).
 

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U should be aware that my local AZ and wrecking yard both tried to sell me the sedan springs as being the correct replacement (SW spring is 1 1/2" taller).
Uh, huh thx, as I wondered about little details like that.

Car is back in shop this week to get CV joint and axle replaced, chekc for rusty brake lines etc...and now you've reminded me to call and have them look at springs / shocks.

Rybo
 
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