I have a 03 Passat GLX FWD with 140,000 miles. I started noticing the front passenger side riding low to the ground. Our driveway is a little bumpy, and the car even bottomed out once driving slowly down the driveway. I pulled the wheel off to take a look and part of the coil/spring has broken. A couple of questions:
1. How difficult/dangerous is it to try and use a spring compressor from Harbor Freight or the like to do it myself?
2. Would it be better to buy an all in one assembly so that I don't have to mess with a compressor? The only one I can find is made by OSC Automotive, and I'm assuming it's made in China, and is a crap part, but I'm not planning on driving this car forever so maybe it's ok...
3. If I choose to just buy parts and put it together myself with the spring compressor, what all should be replaced? Should I do both sides? Is there anything besides just the coil or would it be wise to do the struts on both sides? Any other components that I should do while I'm at it?
Thanks for the help!