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    Default 99 escort strut/spring problem

    hi the vehicle got a little overloaded maybe. it appears that the lower spring seat slipped out and got tangled in the coil spring. I'm looking at the haynes ford escort and mercury tracer 1991 thru 2000. Im basing this on diagram 10.3 on page 10 - 9. Tho the diagram doesn't show it, the upper part of the coil spring connects to a thicker but softer material spring, which, in turn, connects to the lower coil spring seat via a plastic material.

    So i guess my question is: can i just compress the spring, stick the lower spring seat back into the plastic which connects to the spring, and not replace the spring? The car has 120000 miles and i think that the springs are original. Maybe i should just go ahead and replace the whole assembly as mentioned as a possibility in the manual?

    thanks for any help.

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    Hi again, fontana,

    The price of complete strut assemblies for many vehicles has come down far enough in recent years to make it appealing to many people to simply remove the old units and replace them with rebuilt ones. It's a fairly easy job - far less work than disassembling the struts. Safer, too. There's always a risk whenever you're dealing with a compressed spring. So, what you should do is compare the cost of rebuilt units with the cost of the parts you'd need to fix your struts, figure in the amount of work involved and see what makes the most sense to you.

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    Question seat and spring one piece?

    If i had to replace the spring then i would opt for replacing the whole assembly.

    So the question is: Is the lower spring seat shown in figure 10.3 sold attached to the coil spring as a unit? Could the lower spring seat which appears to have become detached on my spring be simply reattached by pushing them together? Looking at diagram 9.5B on page 10-8 it does appear that the lower spring seat and the coil spring are one unit.

    If it were the case that i could get away with just pushing them together I might be able to do this without even taking the assembly off of the car. In any case it would be easier and cheaper than replacing the two rear assemblies.

    thanks for the help.

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    fontana -

    I'd guess that the seat is available separately, but that's really a question that a Ford parts department could answer.

    As far as trying to compress the spring and slip the seat back into place, it's worth a try.

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    i couldn't replace the seat or lower spring piece, but i was able to remove it so i've just been driving without. It seems ok but i now have some time and decided to try and replace the spring but i can't get the strut assembly off of the car. Looking at the haynes "ford Escort & Mercury Tracer 1991 thru 2000; 10-9 for removal of the stut assembly (rear): I can't get the strut to spindle mounting bolts out. I can get the nuts off, but the bolts won't come out. the bolts just spin when i use the impact wrench. I tried hammering them out. I tried loosening the upper mounting nuts but nothing doing. Are the strut to spindle bolts bent or something? Do i have to drill them out? Any thing that i could try?

    thanks

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    fontana - contact our research department at [EMAIL="research@haynes.com"]research@haynes.com[/EMAIL] and they will send you some information that might be able to help you.

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