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    The saga with this car continues… looks like one of my front suspension springs snapped on the way to work this AM. Heard the loud “snap” sound. Pulled over but couldn’t tell what happened. Got to work. Later, was looking out at the car in the parking lot, and saw it was visibly tilted down on the front passenger corner. Took a quick look with a flashlight, and am pretty sure I can see through the wheel where the spring is broken clean through.

    Will probably have AAA haul it home. Any advice regarding this repair? Anyone have any stock NA front springs in decent shape laying around? Suspension upgrade is on the future wish list, but can’t swing that right now. Need to just get it functional again. (Daily driver.)

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    Seems that you just cannot catch a break…and the timing is horrible.  I am headed out of town tomorrow to attend a family funeral and will not be back until late Sunday

     

    Yes, you can drive on it, just not aggressively…yes, I have a whole box of stock springs and can fix the one without too much trouble.  Just not this weekend.

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    Thanks Joe. I wasn’t going to be able to look at the car closely at work today with what I had going on, and we have the AAA with 100 mile towing, plus I could borrow a work vehicle to get home, so I decided to play it safe and have it towed this afternoon.

    Figured I could get into it this weekend once I had a chance to read up on the job, and if I could get my hands on parts.

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    I wish I was going to be around this weekend…I can make short work of changing out the spring.  I have an air powered spring compressor…and a selection of springs.  Just need to know what color the paint mark is on the spring to match up the correct one.

     

    then you have to look at the other one.  They frequently break in pairs due to rust on the top or bottom coil.  you definitely need a spring compressor to accomplish this.

     

    And heads up…I have a complete set of KYB AGX here…for an NA, with stock springs…I actually have two sets of these…NA and NB…cheep…which would bridge the gap nicely for your situation.  Scott and Rita  know my number…call me late sunday and we can get you fixed right up

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    ok…I just sent you my number in PM…call me…i have a plan…

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    I got your email…work things out with dave and yes, you heard me right about the AGX

     

    will talk after I return and set things up for complete replacement of all 4

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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!

     

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    That spring was broken in a spot that I have not seen before.  They usually break at the top coil…glad to help ouit with a temporary replacement…Glad you and Dave were able to get this done while I was out of town.

     

    We can set something up soon for complete replacement…Joe’s magic garage has parts!!

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    Cool… just let me know when would be convenient for you.

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