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Found a piece of car suspension spring


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Found a piece of car suspension spring in the road. Only a small piece (half a loop) . Colour matches my car but won’t be able to check if it’s mine until morning. Had a few slight handling issues in the snow but mainly going slow speed. Will take it to the garage tomo. An ex had one spring fail on the motorway driving which punctured the tire. The rac man wedged a new tire on the fool. Anyone had one go ?

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I had one go about a year ago.  I was about 80 miles from home in the middle of nowhere on a site visit at the time.  Took the decision to drive home steadily and headed straight to the garage.  They put it straight on the ramp and could see that it was the top of the spring that had snapped off and I was lucky to get home without further damage.  Cost about £100 to have it replaced I think.

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37 minutes ago, Ash4781b said:

Found a piece of car suspension spring in the road. Only a small piece (half a loop) . Colour matches my car but won’t be able to check if it’s mine until morning. Had a few slight handling issues in the snow but mainly going slow speed. Will take it to the garage tomo. An ex had one spring fail on the motorway driving which punctured the tire. The rac man wedged a new tire on the fool. Anyone had one go ?

See bits of broken coil spring all the time when I'm out on the bike.

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2 hours ago, Option5 said:

Done few myself, but you need really good spring compressors.

An electric or air impact driver helps loads too, when I undid the top nut on an old car I split the shock threads as it was too tight was a right pain and I had put loads of effort into it with a spanner and allen key at least if I had used the gun it would have split immediate or just come off (all others have whenni have used the gun and I think I've done 5/6 in my time)

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I've had shocks fail but never broken a spring yet. Replacing them is pretty much the same job either way. I've done it with a pair of wind up spring compressors, an allen key and a spanner, but I have a proper hydraulic compressor and a rattle gun now :) .

You might well be able to see if it's yours. Wind the steering to full lock and then peer in behind the wheel with a torch, and examine the ends of the spring. That's how the MOT man does it after all! I also see a lot of broken spring ends while I'm out and about so it might well be someone else's.

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