Replace both springs or one side on a car?
How about getting a spring from a breakers (partsgateway.co.uk) and having it shipped to the garage. As it’s used it will prob match the other side (if there’s any difference).
I had a spring break on our volvo, think we only replaced one but can’t be sure.
£60 to replace is not too bad given a fair bit of stuff needs removing.
Edit: one on ebay right now for £20 shippedPosted 3 years agokcalSubscriber
I would replace both, as matter of course. Likehood (IMO) is that the other spring won’t be far behind in terms of fatigue, so might as well do both.
Not all garages are like that though, they may believe that you don’t want to shell out for two new parts when ‘only’ one is needed.
Bust one spring (front) on the Saab 900 many years ago – local garage fitted a new pattern spring. When was next in for service in indy Saab garage down in Edinburgh, the guy replaced both, with Saab springs.
Recently, one of the back springs went – different local garage gave me the option, went for both (L+R) but went pattern springs – reckoned car is old enough that may not be needed to have original parts any more..Posted 3 years agowobbliscottMember
For sure do both sides. Always an axel pair with things like that. If the spring is £70 he’s effectively charged you an hours labour to replace it. It wont take him an hour to do one side but they tend to round up their labour charges. You can do both sides in an hour easy so it should only cost £200 for both.Posted 3 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Go on then all of you saying both, why both?
I’ve had springs go on 3 cars. On not one of the cars could you notice any difference in ride height, braking, handling steering etc.
Maybe if you had a very finely tuned sports car you may notice the difference but not a mpvPosted 3 years agohighlandmanMember
One at a time is fine.. Am doing this myself tonight on a Passat, Have done one at a time before on this and other cars. £33 inc Vat for Lesjoffers (upper quality) spring at a local parts factors.Posted 3 years ago
Just make sure you know how to properly use spring compressors. Seized/broken bolts are the biggest problem, the fix itself is usually striaghtforward.trail_ratMember
Id sooner change the strutt top bearing at the same time as the spring than replace both. As i find that once you disturb them they die soon after meaning you do the work twice.
I replaced passengers spring on the van 3 years ago …. Replaced the drivers side in january.
Always find the passengers sidegoes first as thats the side that gets subjected to the pot holes.
As per highlandman , its a corking easy job and i paid similar for lesjofors springs.Posted 3 years agotrail_ratMember
Parts gateway is a joke.
Its a bit like turning up at the scrappies who sees you have a dented wing on your red car . His red wing just went up 50% over the black one he had when you phoned him and the black ones suddenly sold.
I tend to just look for what i need on ebay , certainly wouldnt buy a spring used , the cost wont be much less than a pattern spring due to the work involved in stripping it off the car , admittedly not much but its manual work that someone needs paid for where as springs are mass produced by machine and thus cheap.Posted 3 years ago
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