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Old 06-29-2003, 07:41 PM
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Left Rear Suspension Sag? Pic-->

The drivers side rear of the car is sitting lower than the other side. Is this the thrust arm and would really worn out bushings be the cause? I have H&R sport springs and fairly NEW bilstein sport shocks. Any ideas? P.S. the control arm bushings and sway links have been replaced as well.

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Old 06-29-2003, 10:30 PM
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Thrust link isn't likely to lower the car any, but it will make it track funny and torque steer some. Not as much as the torque rod, but some.

Low on one side without hydraulic suspension is almost always a short spring or missing (or crushed) rubber spring seat. Height is determined by the lift of the spring off the spring link, and maybe dead subframe bushings, but the ones on the other side would have to be nice and high for it to show.

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Old 06-29-2003, 11:56 PM
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Thanks for your help. I'll pull the wheel off tomorrow and see what I can see. Anything to look for specifically? Like how will I know if the spring is fauty or the spring pad is seated wrong? Thanks again, Scott
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Old 06-30-2003, 12:00 AM
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Count the visible coils and make sure the springs look the same on both sides. If the left side one is broken, it will have "interlocked" coils. I had a Dodge do this once, bit PITA.

I don't think the rubber spring pad is easily visible, at least the top one as it is inside the cup on the body. You may need a small mirror to see if it is in place. Bottom one is easy to see on the spring link. I think the spring has a "free coil" on the end -- that is, it isn't "flattened" so that the end touches the coil underneath. The end of the spring should fit into a contoured pocket in the rubber pad -- if it doesn't, that side will be a bit higher.

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Old 06-30-2003, 12:58 PM
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Here are pics of the spring and shock and pad:
http://scotty-c.com/spring/ It is easy to see that the pad is not seated correctly with the spring. Could this be the problem? I couldn't see any oil on the shock or that there was any problem with the spring itself. Let me know if you need any pics of anything else.
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Old 06-30-2003, 01:06 PM
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It does appear the spring pad is not sitting properly in the spring cap. Compress the spring enough to reposition it and check the height again. You wouldn't have to take the spring out, just compress it with a compressor enough to move it. Make sure the top of the coil is properly positioned in the pad.

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