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So, here’s how the car looked before the repair: (I know some people have their car this low on purpose… )
Once I had a chance to take the wheel off and inspect, here’s what I found:
The broken spring had coiled itself down through the hole in the upper control arm.
This past Saturday AM, I crept from Norwalk up to Dave M’s house in New Milford, choosing my route carefully to avoid as many potholes as possible. Armed with a used but workable assembled stock shock / spring on loan from Joe W., and guidance about how to get everything apart (thanks again, Joe), Dave and I dug into the repair.
It took about an hour to get everything apart (the broken spring was really jammed down through the control arm hole, and was putting a lot of extra pressure on the upper control arm bolt that needed to come out), and another 30 minutes or so to get everything back together.
Back in business… all good for getting to work every day (daily driver), until I can do a more permanent repair, replacing all 4 shocks and springs.
The help and advice for keeping my Miata on the road has been an invaluable benefit of belonging to the club… worth so much more than the cost of membership! Thank you again to Joe and Dave for the help!