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4LiterSonic 04-29-2013 11:27 PM

Snapped Steeda Sport Spring
 
I figured this warranted its own thread, since apparently snapped springs aren't so common.

Here's the original thread

If you were too lazy to click the link, here's what happened:

I parked in the grass for a Greek Week event (I'm in a fraternity) on Friday. When I parked, I wasn't going though the grass at any speed whatsoever (feathering the clutch, and I parked probably three feet off the pavement). There weren't any bumps and I didn't bottom out. I swear I have absolutely no idea 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 was sitting pretty much on the wheel itself.

http://i.imgur.com/VV1cVK1.jpg

I figured it was a busted shock, and I didn't want to drive it. I ended up calling a tow company and having it towed to the body shop. We get it off the wrecker and I leave it at the shop (a brother's dad owned the shop). They let me know that they would call me when they got it on the lift and got it checked out.

About an hour later, I get a call and the guy told me that our original prediction of a busted shock was incorrect...I had busted a spring. I couldn't believe it. He told me that it wasn't a crack, it was a clean break, all the way through.

Passenger's side spring (with Steeda/Steeda part # visible):
http://i.imgur.com/ZbV6UIw.jpg

Now for the carnage...
http://i.imgur.com/dul2TXf.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Qye6Y4Q.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/tVuqwSR.jpg

I just want to clarify that I'm not trying to throw Steeda under the bus in any way. I love their products. I just want get this out there because this is potentially a very, very dangerous thing. I don't know what would have happened if this had occurred while I had been going down the interstate at eighty miles an hour. I don't know if it was this spring that had bad metal or if it was an entire batch. I think I'm going to end up replacing all four of my springs just to be safe. The previous owner had them put on, but the car only has 71,000 miles on it, so it's not like fatigue should have taken hold. I've never taken it to the track, so it's not like that would be the reason. I avoid every pothole on the highway if possible, and I take speedbumps at literally 2 miles an hour. I don't have any idea what caused this.

So yeah, surprising day.

DocSnickers 04-29-2013 11:37 PM

Huh very odd, not something you see everyday. They were installed correctly by the previous owner I assume?

4LiterSonic 04-29-2013 11:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DocSnickers (Post 8203998)
Huh very odd, not something you see everyday. They were installed correctly by the previous owner I assume?

I'm assuming so, as I've never had any issue or warning that there was a problem.

808muscle 04-30-2013 01:13 AM

I would say you were lucky as to when it broke, could have caused an accident. Smart idea changing all the springs. You should email Steeda, maybe they will give you deal on some new ones.

Antonio323 04-30-2013 01:16 AM

That's weird. Look at the bright side, you made it home safe despite the damage there.

rebus 04-30-2013 04:13 AM

Buy a lotto ticket! Steeda Sports are made by two suppliers. Judging by the 016 # on your spring, I'm assuming your sports are the 555-8216 springs. I have the 555-8215 version of the sports, and as far as I know, they are made by Hyperco. I believe, but could be wrong that Steeda 8216's are made by Eibach to Steeda specs. Both makers build high quality springs so I don't think Steeda is responsible for a spring failure. Springs can fail for many reasons, so it makes sense to determine the actual cause of the failure before throwing stones. BTW you mentioned you drove it off road when you drove on the grass, warranty void! (just kidding).

stepqhen 04-30-2013 07:18 AM

Something looks off to me. Is there is a rough end and a chunk missing where the end of the spring should be as well as the break on the first coil? Does the lower break look old and dirty compared to the new one?

Andy13186 04-30-2013 08:46 AM

damn i have sports, im scared now.. if this happened at 100+ mph... could be a total disaster. What dampers do you have? They look stock.. Wonder if the springs could be overworked somehow from weak dampers? doesnt really make sense though, the dampers should be the thing thats overworked...

stepqhen 04-30-2013 09:16 AM

I am wondering if the spring wasn't installed correctly, it looks like it may have been installed with the end of the spring sitting up on top and not in the dropped down section. If that was the case then it could put a lot of stress on the spring to bend to compensate for the change in angle having the end of the spring in the wrong position would cause. Not saying that IS what happened, but that COULD have happened.

CMcNam 04-30-2013 09:23 AM

Dang, that sucks. I don't blame Steeda but it would be really cool of them to step up and get you another set. Hope you get it worked out OP.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy13186 (Post 8204107)
damn i have sports, im scared now.. if this happened at 100+ mph... could be a total disaster. What dampers do you have? They look stock.. Wonder if the springs could be overworked somehow from weak dampers? doesnt really make sense though, the dampers should be the thing thats overworked...

One part failing does not make a trend, these things happen.

Andy13186 04-30-2013 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by CMcNam (Post 8204117)
Dang, that sucks. I don't blame Steeda but it would be really cool of them to step up and get you another set. Hope you get it worked out OP.



One part failing does not make a trend, these things happen.

i google searched and found another instance http://www.steeda.com/forums/topic/865-broken-springs/

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/DSCF0275.jpg

07BLACKGT 04-30-2013 09:52 AM

Maaan, that is crazy. Makes me nervous...

CMcNam 04-30-2013 10:07 AM

Two parts out of hundreds or thousands sold still does not make a trend worth getting nervous about. I can probably find a story about every part ever made.

Again, just glad you didn't get into a more serious situation OP. Hope they remedy it!

Roy_R 04-30-2013 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stepqhen (Post 8204115)
I am wondering if the spring wasn't installed correctly, it looks like it may have been installed with the end of the spring sitting up on top and not in the dropped down section If that was the case then it could put a lot of stress on the spring to bend to compensate for the change in angle having the end of the spring in the wrong position would cause. Not saying that IS what happened, but that COULD have happened.

Very interesting, that may have resulted in unequal loading....check the other side! Steeda should replace the springs free of charge. This is a material failure that SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN!

PS. If I was Steeda, I would ask for the springs back and do a full material/stress analysis on it, or task Hyperco to come up with answers!

jsimmonstx 04-30-2013 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Roy_R (Post 8204157)
Very interesting, that may have resulted in unequal loading....check the other side! Steeda should replace the springs free of charge. This is a material failure that SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN!

PS. If I was Steeda, I would ask for the springs back and do a full material/stress analysis on it, or task Hyperco to come up with answers!

Public opinion is that Steeda should replace the spring at either a substantial discount or for free. IMHO, they should replace both springs, and if I were the OP, I'd probably be tempted to purchase new rear springs as well.

Of course, we're all going to have to wait to see what Steeda does about it, but they may go over the top and give the OP a whole set of springs for $0. *THAT* would be primo customer service, and I would have to start buying all my suspension stuff from them.

CMcNam 04-30-2013 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsimmonstx (Post 8204176)
Public opinion is that Steeda should replace the spring at either a substantial discount or for free. IMHO, they should replace both springs, and if I were the OP, I'd probably be tempted to purchase new rear springs as well.

Of course, we're all going to have to wait to see what Steeda does about it, but they may go over the top and give the OP a whole set of springs for $0. *THAT* would be primo customer service, and I would have to start buying all my suspension stuff from them.

Agreed. OP, I would use the link that Andy13186 provided about a previous failure and go the same route, providing serial numbers and all that.

4LiterSonic 04-30-2013 11:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebus (Post 8204034)
Buy a lotto ticket! Steeda Sports are made by two suppliers. Judging by the 016 # on your spring, I'm assuming your sports are the 555-8216 springs. I have the 555-8215 version of the sports, and as far as I know, they are made by Hyperco. I believe, but could be wrong that Steeda 8216's are made by Eibach to Steeda specs. Both makers build high quality springs so I don't think Steeda is responsible for a spring failure. Springs can fail for many reasons, so it makes sense to determine the actual cause of the failure before throwing stones. BTW you mentioned you drove it off road when you drove on the grass, warranty void! (just kidding).

Very helpful post, thank you very much. Like I said, I'm not throwing any blame on anyone here, I'm just trying to get the word out.
Quote:

Originally Posted by stepqhen (Post 8204081)
Something looks off to me. Is there is a rough end and a chunk missing where the end of the spring should be as well as the break on the first coil? Does the lower break look old and dirty compared to the new one?

The lower break does look old and dirty, but I haven't had any problems at all with the handling of my car. It could be rusted because it was a rainy day when they broke? I dunno.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy13186 (Post 8204107)
damn i have sports, im scared now.. if this happened at 100+ mph... could be a total disaster. What dampers do you have? They look stock.. Wonder if the springs could be overworked somehow from weak dampers? doesnt really make sense though, the dampers should be the thing thats overworked...

I've got stock dampers. Yeah, it could have been a disaster if it had happened at speed. I'm very lucky.

Quote:

Originally Posted by stepqhen (Post 8204115)
I am wondering if the spring wasn't installed correctly, it looks like it may have been installed with the end of the spring sitting up on top and not in the dropped down section. If that was the case then it could put a lot of stress on the spring to bend to compensate for the change in angle having the end of the spring in the wrong position would cause. Not saying that IS what happened, but that COULD have happened.

That's the problem, I have no idea if it was installed correctly or not. They were already on the car when I bought it. That being said, I feel like something would have felt "off" or something if it was an incorrect install.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Roy_R (Post 8204157)
Very interesting, that may have resulted in unequal loading....check the other side! Steeda should replace the springs free of charge. This is a material failure that SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN!

PS. If I was Steeda, I would ask for the springs back and do a full material/stress analysis on it, or task Hyperco to come up with answers!

The other spring is fine, I checked it to make sure. Once I get the new springs (I'm still trying to decide if I need to replace all 4 or just the front 2) I'll have the shop save the ones taken off the car so I can ship them to Steeda if they want to do some research on them.

As far as stuff like this never happening...I mean, it is a manufactured part. Granted, it's not expected but they've probably made hundreds of thousands of springs. It's possible that it was just a bad day at the factory and something didn't go right and this is how it showed up. I'm just happy that it didn't happen while I was going down the interstate.

Matt's 95 Stang 04-30-2013 01:11 PM

Normally Steeda peaks in and says "hello" whenever someone mensions their parts....wonder why they arent in here or the other thread yet.

Matthew

4LiterSonic 04-30-2013 02:01 PM

It's possible that they haven't seen it yet.

2005Redfire6 04-30-2013 02:04 PM

Yeah that could have been bad, I am sure they will probably be replaced or they will pull some card that it wasn't installed right or something a long those lines.


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