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Blarno

Bang

That's the sound I heard as I drove across the grass next to my house on Monday. Followed by a horrible graunching noise when the steering wheel was turned, I knew instantly that I'd snapped a spring.



I wasn't wrong, did a proper job of it. Luckily, Ebay came to the rescue with a complete strut/spring assembly for £28 including delivery. Refitting is the opposite of removal...

Nearly ready for the MOT lottery game on Thursday. I wouldn't mind but that spring was only 40k old.
Roadsterstu

Good job it didn't happen on a smokey blast up the main road. My turbo is now whistling more than it used to. I'm getting worried it's going to do something expensive.
Blarno

I still drove it between Monday and yesterday, after all, I have to get to work. Turning in the car park was a noisy and crunchy affair, but aside from a clonk over big bumps, it was still driveable.
PhilD

Roadsterstu wrote:
Good job it didn't happen on a smokey blast up the main road. My turbo is now whistling more than it used to. I'm getting worried it's going to do something expensive.


Which is what happened to me, and I saw part of the spring bouncing down the road in my rear view mirror. But like the Flying Postbox my GP was still drivable.
TreVoR

Roadsterstu wrote:
Good job it didn't happen on a smokey blast up the main road. My turbo is now whistling more than it used to. I'm getting worried it's going to do something expensive.


Check the hoses to and from the intercooler and then the intercooler before worrying about turbos.
Stuntman

The spring looks quite small in relation to weight of the car?

Did you drive the car without the spring altogether, or was some of the spring still attached?  I only ask because when one of my front springs broke I was told that it was lucky that the broken spring (or another bit breaking off it) hadn't punctured the tyre or shredded the wheelarch.  Not sure how likely that would have been!
Blarno

Stuntman wrote:
The spring looks quite small in relation to weight of the car?

Did you drive the car without the spring altogether, or was some of the spring still attached?  I only ask because when one of my front springs broke I was told that it was lucky that the broken spring (or another bit breaking off it) hadn't punctured the tyre or shredded the wheelarch.  Not sure how likely that would have been!


The springs are massive and really strong - you pretty much need truck spring compressors to squish them down - hence why I bought a fully built unit. That whole unit you see there is nearly 3 feet long.

The small chunk of spring to the right is the piece that snapped, but it was lodged in place by the force of the rest of the spring acting against it. So, I still had a spring and plenty of travel, it was just very noisy and the spring was at an extreme angle.
PG

Blarno wrote:
The small chunk of spring to the right is the piece that snapped, but it was lodged in place by the force of the rest of the spring acting against it. So, I still had a spring and plenty of travel, it was just very noisy and the spring was at an extreme angle.


That's what happened when our A3 spring broke.
Michael

In fairness to the spring you were off-roading. When my front snapped on the D3 it was more of a headache finding what type of Spring it needed and then finding the front was too low to get it on the low loader.
Roadsterstu

TreVoR wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Good job it didn't happen on a smokey blast up the main road. My turbo is now whistling more than it used to. I'm getting worried it's going to do something expensive.


Check the hoses to and from the intercooler and then the intercooler before worrying about turbos.


Will do. It feels as punchy as ever, just a bit noisier.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

PhilD wrote:
... I saw part of the spring bouncing down the road in my rear view mirror ...

I hope Felipe Massa wasn't following you

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