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Old 01-18-2008, 12:13 AM   #1
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Top coil on RF spring broke Ė maybe this one was not a fluke.

Holy broken strut spring batman!

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There were ball bearings everywhere too.

Iím guessing the bearing might have gone first. The wife said it started making a loud pop when you turn the wheel.
When I drove it a few days earlier, a couple times it kind of felt like the intermediate shaft problem was returning.

I popped a new spring & bearing assembly in to keep the car on the road with the intention of changing the other side later.
Now Iím thinking I donít need to since there are no issues with ride height or handling.

This was more of a than a cuz it'* not something I was expecting on a car that hasn't been abused Ė but it wasnít too bad a job to do and GM spring was in stock / not too $.
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Do you have to change the spring and the strut at the same time?
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I must say that is the first broken spring I have seen on these cars.
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I'm no metallurgist, but looking at the broken spring, it looks like it might have been a bad forging job with the metal. Can you see what looks like the metal striations from a dark spot..they kind of look like grains going from the dark spot to the outside edge of the spring. Very rare occurrence for most vehicles!
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I'm with you, P.Hazier. Certainly looks like the striations go out from that dark spot. It was probably a fluke R.Runner. One in a Million springs type of deal, I wouldnt worry about the other side. I can not recall a broken spring post here before.
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WOW!!! My 2000 just broke same spring!!! 2 in a million...
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Three in a million now, my 2000 broke the right front spring at the same spot last month.
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So i did the brakes this weekend and i have the strut spring combo ready to install but I cant get the lower bolts off. Any ideas on how to get the bolts out? The nuts came off easy. Are those bolts threaded in?
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I think I may have this problem. I thought mine was the intermediated shaft, I grease that and its no better. Clunks and snaps when I turn sharp either direction and when I hit pot holes. I'll have to check this out.
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