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Old 06-30-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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Default Coil binding on my car, what to replace?

I just replaced my 92 Olds Achieva's springs with new ones from Eibach. During compressing one of the compressors was accidently rubbing against the flange below the cap and it tore open the big strut bearing, most of the little balls fell out. After i got the spring off i took the bearing apart, put all of the balls back in, greased it and pushed it back together. Now when i turn my wheel, that one strut makes a CLUNK a few times every time its turned. I had someone turn it for me while i looked with the wheel off, and the spring is spinning with the strut. That shouldnt happen right? The strut should just spin over the spring (spinning on the bearing). What i think (correct me here) is the bearing is not spinning causing the spring to spin instead of the strut, and the spring is just clunking every time it turns. So i called napa and got two new bearings coming in tomorrow, i just want reassurance before i take both my struts off again and do it all over.

Could there be any other problems? Im pretty sure the coil is binding.

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compare it to the other side, see how the other side reacts when you turn the wheel and see if the binding side does the same thing.


In my opinion the bearing would be shot if it fell apart so easily
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compare it to the other side, see how the other side reacts when you turn the wheel and see if the binding side does the same thing.


In my opinion the bearing would be shot if it fell apart so easily
That is something i forgot to mention, the other side doesnt. So like i said i just want reassurance before i go tearing in to it again
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Were the springs meant for stock length struts? Sometimes a "lowered" strut is recomended otherwise they will bottom out because they are too long.
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Were the springs meant for stock length struts? Sometimes a "lowered" strut is recomended otherwise they will bottom out because they are too long.

They are lower, they are an inch lower. I bought the bearings and i will put them on monday. Hopefully that will work, ive also read online that some people put a piece of rubber between the 1st and 2nd coils to stop it from binding also.. some how that works.
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