I was hosed by dealer for $600 because both rear springs were cracked.
There was one extra thread of spring starting at the bottom and ending
behind strut. It was suspicious to me both springs would be cracked at
the same place. Now I am thinking extra thread is there from factory.
Car is year 97 with 70 000 highway miles. Is on web some part diagram
database where I can check original look of spring? Could anyone with
newer Escort check his rear suspension spring if it consists only from
one segment or if it starts as two springs and second finishes after
one thread? I do not know if it is visible without lifting car. New
one from motorcraft is from one segment.
If dual thread is how Ford makes them, then it is good trick how to
make money for repair shops. Especially considering the car is not
produced anymore so customer could not check it easily. I would change
them in two years anyway, but do not like to be cheated :-(.
I don't think you've been cheated, and its unlikely that a manufacturer
would design these in a way that generates money, you should have more faith
in your dealer, besides even if only one of them was broken etc you should
always replace these springs in pairs anyway.
they are generally sold in pairs, it could be potentially dangerous to only
replace one spring,
by the way.I looked "hosed" up in my dictionary, it still says you were
washed down with water.
They were cracked/disconnected on both sides at the same spot. It was
kind of strange to me. It looked like from manufacturer, but that
could be because of rust proofing coat spraying. Car is riding like
new on all those pot holes after winter :-). I just wanted to know how
those springs looks on newer car.
Agree. Slang should not be used in USENET. Sorry for that.
I have a 98 (SE wagon), just bought it a couple of weeks ago, and the
rear suspension springs are a single coil. When I was going to pick it
up I asked here what specifically to look at before driving it away, and
I was told to check the rear springs for breaks at the bottom.
Apparently a common porblem.
It is very common because of a plastic sleeve that they used on them.
A lot of times it happens on both sides and nobody even notices (It's
like getting your car lowered, for free). If it happens to my Escort,
I'll just get new ones and put them in myself (along with new struts)
then get it aligned. You don't need a spring compressor to do the
back ones on a 1991-1996 Escort (according to my service manual) so
how hard can it be to do?
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