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Old 07-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Need help with '02 SE Wagon suspension

I hit a speed bump hard that I didn't see, and now it looks like the passenger side front spring came off the lower plate. Can this be fixed by using a spring compactor? I'd appreciate any and all advice.


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Old 07-27-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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Should be doable I guess, use the outside type that clamps on both sides, two assemblies. Room may be an issue. If you jounced that hard I'd be looking very closely at other parts...........slight bending of the strut shaft can occur and hard to see.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #3
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Ok thanks. I found a local place that will rent the outside type for $50. Have you ever done this before? I am assuming renting the device is much cheaper than taking it to the shop, but do you think I should have my strut shaft looked at?
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Some big chain auto parts stores (Autozone, Advance, OReilly's etc.) will loan them for free (refundable deposit required). Hate saying it, but you can buy a pair of spring compressors for less than 50.00. A 50.00 rental fee sounds really high.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:46 PM   #5
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If the shaft is bent it should drag or try to lock up. Get it back together and jump up and down hard on the bumper, if it seems free then it's probably OK. You can also eyeball the strut body versus the shaft for parallelism.
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If the shaft is bent it should drag or try to lock up. Get it back together and jump up and down hard on the bumper, if it seems free then it's probably OK. You can also eyeball the strut body versus the shaft for parallelism.

This is a good info. If the hit was hard enough to cause the spring to be muscled off the seat there's a very real chance the strut could be "tweaked" as well. Check it carefully.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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Are you sure the spring didn't break?
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He's sure. It's still attached.

He's my son and he's taking the lead on the repair.
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