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front coil spring broken
Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:57 AM
how long should it take to change a front coil spring on a 2002 Tdci ? what sort of job is it ?
Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:09 PM
Its not particular hard to do just laborious task - Loosen hub nut, wheel off, caliper and disc off, hub nut off, track rod off, ball joint pinch bolt out, lower the subframe on that side, drive shaft out the hub, ball joint out the knuckle, 4 bolts inside the engine bay and you can now remove the strut with knuckle, use spring compressors and remove the spring....reverse!
Haynes manual and a weekend should see you right in most cases, just watch for bolt heads shearing/rounding, track rods threads can snap and very easy to chew the thread on the pinch bolt but can get bought cheap enough before you start, its mainly labour costs if getting a garage to do it, so I offset the costs on changing a few other things like the track rods, bolts+nuts and tools etc.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:44 PM
If you use the spring compressors you can compress the strut enough to get the bottom out, worked for me.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:29 PM
And whatever you do avoid the cheapo compressors, Mate had some and they were only 12 or 15mm
diameter and you should have seen the bend on them, I stood well back when he used them.
He borrowed mine many years back and i have never seen them since. Mine could be clamped onto the spring
at each end which stopped them slipping.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:39 PM
not a hard job if you have correct tools
Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:11 PM
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