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While trying to see if I could get better access to the back of the driver’s side head via the wheel well (no you can’t), I noticed something else that won’t pass inspection... a broken spring...wow How is that even possible?

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You need to lose weight :)

That’s salt’s doing. Where was the car driven most of its life?


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I’m guessing here in NB, but not entirely sure of history.
 

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I’m guessing here in NB, but not entirely sure of history.
That’ll do it. It seems to be happening more often lately.


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If you only need to pass inspection, raise the front of the car on jack stands (looks like a front spring). Then slide the broken spring up until it clears the shock body. There should be enough of a gap on the spring to pass the shock piston.
If you want to replace it, they are best done in pairs. Most GLX springs will switch over, but I would get ones from a Tip trans to match the weight better.
 

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Rob, can you make out the color markings on that spring?
 
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While trying to see if I could get better access to the back of the driver’s side head via the wheel well (no you can’t), I noticed something else that won’t pass inspection... a broken spring...wow How is that even possible?

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OH, it's definitely possible!
Mine did the same thing (2002 GLX AWD wagon) Heard a clunk while driving, then the nose dropped.
I'm going cheap and swapping the ones from my parts car (2005 TDI wagon)
 
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