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Old 05-04-2008, 01:23 PM   #1
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Well, I started having this rubbing sound. I have a dip in my driveway, and I have to turn the wheel to the left about the time that I get to the dip to back out into the street. Well, when i do i get this creaking/rubbing sound from the front driver side (i think). I can kinda feel it in the pedals and such, know what I mean? Well, I took a look under there, and my spring on my driver side doesn't appear to be sitting in the perch correctly: (yay pic)



May be a dumb question, but could this be the cause of my confounded rubbing? It appears to be pretty much touching towards the front of the car, but why only when the wheel is to the left?
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A) How did it get like that?
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I'm leaning towards a new suspension anyway to be honest:
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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It looks like the spring is rubbing against the inside of the shock tower. That will cause hideous noise. The spring rubbing against the edge of the perch like that=same thing. You could reinstall the strut and correct it as long as there is no serious damage during disassembly. I posted in the other thread too.
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:39 PM   #3
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i have the same problem here
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:04 AM   #4
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me 2 but it happend after my spring install 1 of the springs wont stay in the strut housing spot and it moves around side when i turn the steering wheels and makes a clunking noise
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:40 AM   #5
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There is a little pocket where the end of the spring should fit. It may not be properly seated in the pocket. There may be some kind of damage, we would need pics. If it happens when turning the bearing in the tophat maybe frozen or the little "tophat" shaped washer may be installed incorrectly or not at all.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:58 AM   #6
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im wondering if i can smack my spring with a rubber mallet to pop it into place for the time being.

how bad is it to drive with it like that?
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:01 PM   #7
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Rubber mallet with tire off and suspension under no load "MAYBE", but it'd be better to disassemble/assemble that strut. It would be bad to continue to drive on it the way it is.
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:42 AM   #8
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dammit. there goes my saturday morning.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:31 AM   #9
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Better safe than sorry.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:08 AM   #10
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Usually this doesn't happen with a stock suspension. It's usually cased because the suspension goes too far down (extention) and the shock separates from the spring. It's called droop.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:09 PM   #11
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it started doing it after when i got it back from the tire shop.
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any progress or answers?
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:26 PM   #13
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I have the same problem...
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:37 PM   #14
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This is not top secret stuff. If your springs have enough drop built in when the strut is @ full droop the spring comes unseated. Disassemble the strut and reseat springs and be more careful next time. This is why coilovers use helper springs. They make sure there is always pressure keeping the main spring againt the seats.
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:19 PM   #15
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This is not top secret stuff.
Lol good one.
What do you think the rebuild time will run me? I'm going to jump on it in the morning
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:58 PM   #16
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20 mins it's only 2 bolts on the knuckle(+big breaker bar), 3 on the tophat, and the top strut nut + jacking it up. You may just be able to take the wheel off and jack the car up with the wheel under no load reposition spring properly and lower. But really if the springs are not providing constant pressure on the hats when the suspension droops, you will have to find a more permanent/suitable solution like a spring with less drop.
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:02 PM   #17
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While we're on the subject, that does appear to be a stock wrx spring, correct? I bought the car used and assumed the suspension was OEM. Shock blown perhaps?
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:39 PM   #18
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Black spring + paint dots would usually mean a scoob spring(I didn't really look that closely at the pic originally). My guess would be the tire shop might have just f'd up. You won't know til you can check it under zero load/reassemble it. The strut will only extend so far no matter if it's good or blown.
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