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Old 04-29-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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That ain't good...

A little backstory:

I parked in the grass for a fraternity event on Friday. I don't know how it happened, but when I got in the car and started to move, I heard a really loud popping/grinding noise. I thought my front bumper was caught on something so I got out and looked, but I was in the clear. I drove home and the noise wouldn't go away. I got out of my car and now that I was on level pavement I could see the problem. My left front fender is sitting pretty much on the wheel itself. My car's low, but not that low.

I know I've obviously busted something (either a shock or strut?). All I need to know is if it's okay for me to make a short drive to the mechanic. I really don't want to have it towed but is that what's necessary in this situation?
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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How short of a drive are you talking about? Have you been able to look behind the rim at all to see whats going on?
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:28 AM   #3
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I'm 3.8 miles from the repair shop...I probably put ten on it after I broke it because I didn't know how bad it was and I had to get home from the event.

I can't get behind the rim to look at it.
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Never seen anything like that.... Maybe the spring somehow came off the strut?
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I was about to say, "Killer drop" but damn, that doesn't sound good at all. 4 miles doesn't sound like alot but, with the way it looks, I'd get it towed. Most insurances will reimburse you the tow fee, no use risking any more damage (If there is any at all). Hope it's a simple fix.
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Jack up your car, take the wheel off, and take a look! I wouldn't move the car until I did that. You got lucky to make it 10 miles, but 1 more mile could seriously damage something. Let us know what you find, show pics.
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Yeah, I'm getting it towed. I'll let you guys know when I get it to the shop.
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Hell I wouldn't even do all that, may be simple easy that you could have done!
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Assuming it's a blown strut, does anyone have any suggestions for a replacement? Should I replace just one? The front two? All four? I'm gonna go aftermarket if I have to replace more than one.
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Assuming it's a blown strut, does anyone have any suggestions for a replacement? Should I replace just one? The front two? All four? I'm gonna go aftermarket if I have to replace more than one.
Good thing you only have stock ones which might explain it could be blown. I would go ahead and replace them all. If you want a better stock replacement go with the Koni SRT.Ts they aren't that expensive and are a nice upgrade from the stock ones. They are the ones I run.
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If you can afford it, replace them all, but at a minimum replace both of the fronts. As long as you're replacing them, you may as well get something better than OEM as well. I agree with the suggestion to get the Koni's.
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Good thing you only have stock ones which might explain it could be blown. I would go ahead and replace them all. If you want a better stock replacement go with the Koni SRT.Ts they aren't that expensive and are a nice upgrade from the stock ones. They are the ones I run.
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If you can afford it, replace them all, but at a minimum replace both of the fronts. As long as you're replacing them, you may as well get something better than OEM as well. I agree with the suggestion to get the Koni's.
Well, it wasn't the struts...

I just got a call from the body shop and my left front spring is snapped. I had Steeda lowering springs. Damn...
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Well, it wasn't the struts...

I just got a call from the body shop and my left front spring is snapped. I had Steeda lowering springs. Damn...
I've never heard of a spring snapping on these cars, here comes a big stink about Steeda springs!!!
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What do I do? Call them? I'm at a complete loss right now, I can't believe that it snapped. I'm gonna ask if I can get a picture or something.
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It broke? Never heard of a spring breaking....Was it cracked or a clean break? Definitely get pictures.

Yes, Call Steeda, I don't know what their warranty is but at the very least it should cover replacement of the broken part.
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It broke? Never heard of a spring breaking....Was it cracked or a clean break? Definitely get pictures.

Yes, Call Steeda, I don't know what their warranty is but at the very least it should cover replacement of the broken part.
I borrowed a friend's car to get to the shop so I can take pictures. I'll post them soon. The guy is making it sound like it's a clean break.
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I am sure they will replace it, that could have been a lawsuit if you were going down the interstate and that popped causing you to wreck.
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lolol, right?

ain't no way in hell I'd pay a tow truck before I got my hands dirty and saved the trouble.
You definitely would if you lived in an apartment/townhouse with communal parking. I know mine actually has rules against doing any medium/heavy car maintenance in the lots or porticos.

OP that is crazy man, I'm guessing a defective part? It could happen I guess. I would suggest you get steeda to replace all 4 of them for you! Like others said, if that one is defective, what if another one shears/snaps while you're doing like 80mph on the interstate. That could very well mean serious damage to your car.

I would get pics of your own along with your mechanic's pics. Take pics of the entire strut assembly and the area behind the wheel (on both sides) just in case as well. Steeda will probably want all the info they can get for something like this.
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1) always replace struts in pairs.

2) I'd have tried the space saver spare to get the car to the shop.
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Damn this is a first. Ive never seen a spring break without alot of stress added to them. Curious on the pics.

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