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Re: Coil Spring Life

My 2 cents, for what it's worth.

I would think if springs are worn but shocks are good, shouldn't notice
any appreciable change in dampening from both being OK.  When 
springs are worn good sign is that car has sagged.  A shop manual 
should tell you what the ride height is; if you've dropped significantly 
(>1"), I say the springs are weakening.

Look at some US-made full size clunker that has over 100,000 miles; 
I bet that it will look like it's sagging - worn springs, again.

If the car hasn't sagged, the springs are surely still OK.

Ray Calvo 
1990 Coupe Quattro

In a message dated 97-03-18 15:57:57 EST, you write:


 But Jack, if shocks/strut inserts are good, and springs are worn/weak,
 shouldn't the car should bounce more easily--the shock only dampens
 the motion, the spring actually bears most of the weight.  Wouldn't we
 expect flex action be increased/easier with a worn spring? 
 Jonathan Monetti
 86 Coupe GT, 84k