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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:09 pm    Post subject:  Bad springs too Reply with quote

So after a long trip, I noticed the back end of my Imp is sagging. I already knew it bounced really bad go over speed bumps. Before there was a slight lift on the back end with factory springs and struts. The car is 10 years old, and I've never replaced the struts. So I know they are due. But could the springs be bad as well? Or do springs really only break when they good bad? I'm taking it to a shop to have the oil changed (too lazy), and they'll look it over. They know I do a lot of work myself, so they can try to sell me on something but I'm not buying.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can physically see if the spring is cracked or part is missing. You may just have a blown strut in the rear.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:20 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You may just have a blown strut in the rear.


This is my guess. I normally replace the struts 2-3 times before I go into buying new springs..

I was just looking into struts/springs for the white LS & found a full drop in replacement for $160 per side in the rear.
Monroe parts # 171671R & 171671L for Left and Right sides

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

springs can lose their "spring" over time. I would replace both springs and struts.

Struts dont hold the car up, the springs do. Struts are there to control the bounce.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I know it's easier to install one of the spring/strut combos, but obviously cheaper to keep the springs if you can. Since it looks like the springs might have given up on me, I'll just go with the combo units. I can always rent a spring tool when I do the change and see if the springs are really dead. But it might not be worth the time and effort to try to salvage springs that will probably need replacement at some time anyway. I thought at first it was a heavy load in the truck when I took a recent trip, but with nothing in the truck, it still sags.

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