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Old 16th February 2021, 19:52   #1
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I think I'm the latest victim of the broken coil spring syndrome. I say "think" because the OSF has a flat tyre and the mudflap and rear of the engine undertray are touching the tarmac. I have about three inches clearance below the front central jacking pad, not enough for a trolley jack. The sill is next to the kerb.

How am I going to jack it up to remove the wheel?

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Old 16th February 2021, 20:01   #2
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try pumping up the tyre and move the car if you can for a few moments get ground clearance and if there is enough clearance then jack up the car

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Old 16th February 2021, 20:04   #3
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I think I'm the latest victim of the broken coil spring syndrome. I say "think" because the OSF has a flat tyre and the mudflap and rear of the engine undertray are touching the tarmac. I have about three inches clearance below the front central jacking pad, not enough for a trolley jack. The sill is next to the kerb.

How am I going to jack it up to remove the wheel?

Simon
jack it up at the sill with the car's jack, to lift the chassis enough to slide your trolley jack under the jacking point (it wont matter which one of the four sill points you use, but I would go with one at the side that has collapsed, to level it all out).
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Old 16th February 2021, 20:05   #4
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Simon. Have you not got the scissor jack in the boot.? Put that under the front central jacking point. Jack that up as high as you can put some blocks of wood under the side jacking point, then get your trolley jack under the central point and jack it up. I don’t know what kind of trolley jack you have, but if the lift on it is 525 mm it is high enough to get your axle stands under the sills.
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I think I'm the latest victim of the broken coil spring syndrome. I say "think" because the OSF has a flat tyre and the mudflap and rear of the engine undertray are touching the tarmac. I have about three inches clearance below the front central jacking pad, not enough for a trolley jack. The sill is next to the kerb.

How am I going to jack it up to remove the wheel?

Simon
A 3x2 carefully placed would get it up and inch or two to enable the hydraulic Jack to get under.
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Thank you everyone for some great suggestions. I'll be busy first thing tomorrow morning and will report back!

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In case it helps , here is a photo of a tyre damaged by a broken spring .....
In fairness , the major damage was done getting it onto the recovery truck !
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Thank you everyone for some great suggestions. I'll be busy first thing tomorrow morning and will report back!

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A good few years ago now I bought a scissors jack from a scrap car. I found one that could be wound right down.--It has been very useful over the years in a variety of situations and is a very handy thing to keep in the boot. Takes up virtually no room.----( PS. If you get one get the winding handle too.-- )
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Drive it onto a couple of bricks if you feel the need to jack it in the middle of the subframe , the tyre is scrap, or away from the kerb and use the scissor jack on the front jacking point.

The broken spring can be rotated around the damper piston to avoid damaging the wheel (I recommend a space saver) you use to manoeuvre the car into a safe position to replace the spring.
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using the cars jack, jack the car up from the rear jacking point. Doing this should lift the front up enough to get your trolley jack under the jacking point and pump it up a couple of times. Then just lower the rear back down.
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