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So here are my springs. Two months ago the Ford dealer did an inspection and said that the right front spring was broken on the details sheet, but on the work order the estimate said for both front springs.

So....
1) If you replace one spring should you replace them in pairs (i.e. both front ones)?
2) Does my driver side spring look OK or not?
3) Is the passenger side spring jacked? Look at the bottom two coils, it looks messed up.

Driver side, front (I think it's good)




Passenger side, front (doesn't look good at the bottom)




Thx.
 

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1) Yes, to maintain proper handling.

2) Yes.

3) Yes, it looks like it's broken at the bottom.

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I've seen worse. It definitely needs replacing, but I've driven thousands of miles on springs that looked like that. Both springs look broken.

I would replace both springs if possible, the shocks are probably shot at this point too (why I mentioned the Monroe assemblies in an earlier post).
 

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The Ford dealer quoted something like $660 to replace both springs, labour and tax in (CDN).

OK, a couple more questions....
1) What is the difference between stock 96 coil springs and Sport package 96 coil springs?
2) Is it worth upgrading just the springs from base to Sport ones? (I don't plan on using any other Sport suspension parts)
3) Can you recommend any other springs? (note I do NOT want to lower the car and I'm OK with a stock mushy ride LOL)
4) How do I find out what my stock spring code is? I looked on FordParts.com with my VIN and it couldn't tell me which one I need
 

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1) Yes, to maintain proper handling.

2) Yes.

3) Yes, it looks like it's broken at the bottom.

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Yup. :rolleyes:

I've seen worse. It definitely needs replacing, but I've driven thousands of miles on springs that looked like that. Both springs look broken.

I would replace both springs if possible, the shocks are probably shot at this point too (why I mentioned the Monroe assemblies in an earlier post).
And Yup. :rolleyes:

I've got my old front springs (off of the car) if you're interested let me know and I'll price them out for you including shipping with or without new shocks.

Replacing them isn't that big a deal if you're willing to attempt it yourself. You can replace the springs/shocks without needing a new alignment.
 

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Your stock spring code is on the door jamb sticker.

Sport springs have a higher rate; they're stiffer. Whether you should upgrade is strictly to your tastes.
 

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OK, I may have figured this out. I have a Ford VCIS printout of details on my car. It shows the following information:

SUSPENSION FRONT ID (RIGHT): F1SC-5310-G
SUSPENSION FRONT ID (LEFT): F1SC-5310-G
SUSPENSION REAR ID (RIGHT): FOSC-5560-G
SUSPENSION REAR ID (LEFT): FOSC-5560-G

So I take it the "G" is the spring code?
 

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I looked on the door jamb sticker. It looks like it's probably the "SPR" code, which is 33GG.

So I guess the front springs are "3"s and the rears are "G"s, does that sound right?
 

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I know where there is a set of 1997 Sport springs at a yard, spring code FFFF. If you're interested, I'll go pull them. What always shocks me is how nice everything looks underneath cars down here in Florida.
 

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I know where there is a set of 1997 Sport springs at a yard, spring code FFFF. If you're interested, I'll go pull them. What always shocks me is how nice everything looks underneath cars down here in Florida.
Yea, just watch out for the snakes hanging out under the cars in the bone yards down there. :rolleyes:
 

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I know where there is a set of 1997 Sport springs at a yard, spring code FFFF. If you're interested, I'll go pull them. What always shocks me is how nice everything looks underneath cars down here in Florida.
Yeah yeah, dont rub it in. Up here just about everything under the car takes a torch, hammer, cheater bars taller than me, a case of pb blaster and a case of beer for the aftermath.
 

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try pulling parts here in Wisconsin....pffft.
 

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Forgot to follow up... I did some research and I'm going to order the Monroe Quick-Struts for the front. I'm just pricing them locally. I'm in Canada so ordering from RockAuto and other online places usually aren't a good deal once you factor in shipping... thx.
 
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