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#1 2487jamesm

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 07:12 AM

Hello people. I recently put my car in for MOT which failed due to a broken Sespension spring, Drivers side. I got a new spring fitted by the mechanic and then the car passed. Since this work has been done, when Im driving, my car pulls to the left slightly, and even more so when braking. 

I returned to the garage who done the work and the MOT and explained. The mechanic then looked at teh car and was not 100% satisfied, so Asked me to come back the following day. I dropped my car off the following day and he checked it over. When I returned, he told me he had removed the spring again and refitted it. He said everything looked ok, he was just double checking. He advised me to maybe get the tracking checked. 

I then took my car to a garage next door to where the work was done to get the tracking checked. The tracking was out, but now is bang on. Problem solved, or at least I thought. I drove out of the tracking garage and went for a run. It is still pulling to the left, not as bad as it was but it still doing it and it is very very annoying. 

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the problem could be? 

P.S, All tyre presssure are ok.

 

Cheers for any help guys.

Jay



#2 Grifftheceilingfixer

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:26 AM

Did you change both front springs.

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:43 AM

Did you change both front springs.

no mate it was just the driver side that was changed. he looked at the other side and said it looked fairly new an it was ok.



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Posted 22 September 2015 - 10:25 AM

I would have put a pair on get a tape measure and check the gap between the arch and wheel then check the other side should be the same .

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 02:07 PM

I would have put a pair on get a tape measure and check the gap between the arch and wheel then check the other side should be the same .

 

 

spot on advice, but park it on level ground and measure from centre of wheel to bottom of wheel arch as it is easier to be accurate

 

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 08:46 PM

Ive got exactly the same problem here at the moment. 

 

Replaced a snapped front off side spring at the garage. Mechanic lowered the subframe to get the room to remove the strut and the car pulled left afterwards.

 

Got the tracking done the next the day, tyre pressures were all over the place and the tracking was out - but now the steering wheel and wheels are straight but at slow or at speed - the car is turning to the left.

 

Its booked back in, but my mechanic has suggested that lowering the subframe may have upset the geometry of the car so he is going to look at that again. I will also get him to measure the two front corners when its in the workshop as they may be slightly different.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 09:07 PM

Hi

 

Springs may look the same but have different characteristics. I would suggest always replacing as a matched pair.

 

Has wheel alignment been checked on a 4 wheel machine to ensure all corners are aligned.

 

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 10:32 AM

I changed my front springs without touching the subframe.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:30 PM

Hi

 

Important when removing struts not to force bottom arm down too far, or it is easy to damage driveshaft or suspension bushes.

 

I swapped to Eibach springs years ago by compressing new and old springs slightly. This allowed be to remove bottom of strut out from hub without disturbing bottom ball joints or drive shafts. It was all a bit of fun keeping all the different components in the right places so as not to cause any damage. Dropping the subframe is one way to give extra clearance.

 

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