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One of the main reasons I lowered my car this soon was because I noticed one of my front springs was broken. As I was installing my set of Eibachs and Tokicos, I noticed that I had not one, not two, but THREE broken springs. Both of my front springs and one of my rear springs were broken, each having a fracture in the first or second coil from the bottom. I was in total shock, knowing that I had put nearly 10,000 miles on a car that had such a compromised drivetrain. I am aware that the Taurus' of certain years have problems with fractured springs, but have never read much (on this site anyway) about the MN12s having the same problem. It might have a lot to do with the temperature changes and road salt up here in New England, but I'd like to hear about everyone else's experiences. Thanks!

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I've seen a few broken front springs on some of the MN12's that I've parted out. But keep in mind that I've owned quite a few MN12's, I have 14 of them right now. :eek:

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My car was one year old, with 20,000 miles, when I bought it.

Shortly thereafter, I noticed the two springs on the driver's side were both broken at the first full coil above the bottom seat.

At approx. 150,000 miles, I replaced the rear springs with Sport springs, but the fronts remain unchanged at 222,500 miles.

I cannot detect any handling or suspension problems relating to the broken left front spring.
 

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mine is broken too on my 94 and 96. you won't notice anything until you look at it and "oh shYt......"
 

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i had 2 broken springs one on my back and one on my front when i lowered it
 

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I have one broken one now, not sure about the others. Not that I can see...yet

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the two rear springs of my parts sc were broken. When I installed the eibachs on my 93 all the springs were perfect and unrusted at 120k miles.
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Both of my driver's side springs were broken. Previous owner musta been a fatty. :D
 

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most of them are from the midwest? we're all members of TCCoA? We're all guys?
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my 95 broke a RF spring, it was changed at about 80k. My 97 still has all 4 Sport springs at 120k. They dont appear broken, but I'll see when I pull them off this winter how bad they really are.
Worn out shocks will increase the risk of breaking springs, but I don't see that talked about much.
 

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3 of them broken at my Eibach/Koni upgrade. I moved to NOLA from Iowa so I'm going to say in theory here:
Sub zero winter day + heavy car + typically manic TCCOA driver = broken springs PS considering the newest MN-12 was made in 1998 this makes the newest ones 7 count em 7 model years old. The oldest ones will be able to vote in another 2 years...just to put this into perspective for you.
Age can't help either.
 

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paddycake your wrong , 1997 was the last year for bird cat, mn12, the linc was a another chassis designation. my 90 had never broke any springs, i owned it for 100,000 and 4 years. the 89 s/c i rebuilt and sold had 2 broken rears. the 89 i have now had 2 broken fronts, but i dont know my cars true history , so i cant guess why. the 93 i had sold had no issues with springs. and the 1991 parts car was ok too .
 

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so the MK8's aren't MN-12's? or is it just the 98 MK8's that aren't MN-12's?
 

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the mark chassis is called FN10, there are only a few slight differences between the mn12 and fn10, which is why they are considered basically the same chassis. the fn10 is a few inches longer, and I think thats one of the only things different, minus a few braces here and tehre.
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It's an old thread, I know, but that's what I get for using the search function. :D

My fathers '90 3.8L T-bird LX had 3-broken springs when he bought it, my '91 3.8L Cougar LS had both front springs broken when I bought it and my current '96 XR7 has both front springs broken.....and possibly broken rears too (haven't looked back there yet) These cars eat springs like candy!?! :(
 

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my 2 front springs are broken also. I have new springs just havent put them in yet, by the way....how hard is it to switch out springs???
 

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Now, by "broken springs" does this mean they'll fall in 2 when you remove them? I replaced all 4 shocks in my car and all springs seem to be perfect, not even a speck of rust. Didn't notice anything. As far as I'm aware, the springs are all original...so they have 117,000 miles on 'em.

I had a heck of a time wrestling the front springs. Even with a spring compressor tool, I could not get it to crank down enough to allow easy installation of the spring onto the new shock. I had the tool as close to each end of the spring as possible (maybe one 'rung' away from each end)...but when removing the spring it expanded just enough to not allow me to thread the bolt on when re-installing. So what i did was wrapped a piece of chain around my jack and the shock and jacked the shock up until the spring compressed the inch I needed to be able to thread the bolt on. Took a few practice shots, but it did the trick lol.
 
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