Replace 1 spring or both?

Mark R speedracer.mark at
Thu Jun 26 13:47:42 PDT 2008

Always replace springs in pairs (with rare, racing-type of exceptions), even
if replacing with used.  Your mechanic is correct in refusing to replace
only one spring.

Also, if one spring broke... the other is likely going to suffer the same
fate (sooner rather than later).

Might be a good time to replace the shocks, especially after driving with a
broken spring.  Good luck!

Mark Rosenkrantz
On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 1:49 PM, Andrew Duane <aduane at> wrote:

> My mother's 1997 A4Q has a broken rear spring. I'm getting an estimate
> on replacing it with a used one from Chris at Force5 Auto, but the
> mechanic mentioned that it might be best to replace both because of
> sagging. If I was using a new spring, that would make sense. Would it
> also if I was getting a similar vintage used spring? BTW, are the right
> and left rear springs the same part?
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