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Old 10th May 2017, 20:14   #1
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Default Woke up and found a snapped coilspring

I had the pleasure of waking up and finding a broken coilspring today on the ZT today, what a nice start to the day that messed my whole day up, having to drive upto the garage in another car, then remove another spring off another ZT then repair mine at the roadside
Not a good day !!!!
And after that I need a beer
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Old 11th May 2017, 02:41   #2
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Mine went when the car was parked up, luckily But a pain all the same
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Old 11th May 2017, 08:23   #3
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Sounds like the beer was the good bit Mick..

I had a palava doing a spring on mine at the weekend.. had a few after that...
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Old 11th May 2017, 15:11   #4
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Yeah I know what you mean Kev but think back to the 50s we never had springs snapping then, maybe we might have the odd leaf spring snapped but not the whole leaf spring,obviously that was before I was born, but I still have experience of that type of vehicle.
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Old 11th May 2017, 15:17   #5
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yep - defo Mick, think I have only ever changed one or two leaf springs in the time I have had my morris minor..

modern cars eh...

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I had the pleasure of waking up and finding a broken coilspring today
That's not very comfortable I reckon.

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Old 11th May 2017, 21:20   #9
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Yeah I know what you mean Kev but think back to the 50s we never had springs snapping then, maybe we might have the odd leaf spring snapped but not the whole leaf spring,obviously that was before I was born, but I still have experience of that type of vehicle.
I remember the leaf spring jack-up kit, every MK2 Escort and MK3 Cortina was having this done, thankfully my MK3 Capri wanted to be lower instead of higher...
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Yeah I know what you mean Kev but think back to the 50s we never had springs snapping then, maybe we might have the odd leaf spring snapped but not the whole leaf spring,obviously that was before I was born, but I still have experience of that type of vehicle.
My guess there is two reasons for this, one the roads were probably not so potholed as they are now and secondly the quality of the material used to make modern springs is probably not Sheffield steel any more. Even the new springs fitted at the factory were probably costed down to cheapest they could buy and they were probably made in Turkey or China from recycled material.

I have fitted new after market springs to cars that have failed in weeks, always exchanged under warranty but we are own worst enemies, what do we ask for when we are buying new parts? We rarely ask for the best parts but usually the cheapest. You should see some of the rubbish parts I am asked to fit to Classic cars, in come cases the 40 year old parts are better than the new white boxed part.
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