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Old 08-14-2005, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default Broke off a chunk of spring (argh)

So, driving today (very calm, as usual) I started hearing a thunk thunk on my drivers side. 8 miles later, it's even more insistent. I turned around in my buddies driveway, hear an awful noise, go in and tell him... We take my car to the hardware store, and there's no noise. Pulling back into the spot in front of his house, I see it - 1/2 revolution of spring that must have broken off my driver's side. C shaped would be a good way to describe it, and I can tell that it had been cracked for some time as there's rust inside the fracture.

So, the car is more-or-less driveable, and I know the next trip I make will be to the shop. Anyway, the car has 65,000 miles on it.

What should I expect for parts / labor? Do I have to replace both sides? Do I have to replace anything else? While I am mechanically inclined, I'm pretty sure this isn't something I want to tackle myself.

CN: Broke chunk off spring; help!

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Old 08-14-2005, 05:43 PM   #2
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It should be easy enough for your to do yourself...its not that complicated, just time consuming to do all 4 corners. Just doing 1 shouldn't take more than an hour, even without any experience. Let me look up a part number for you.

I would ASSUME you could replace only 1 spring though...

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Old 08-14-2005, 05:51 PM   #3
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Manual Tranny - 20330AE22A
Quote:
Item Number MSRP Core Price Price
20330AE22A $41.15 $0.00 $29.63
COIL SPRING F
Auto Tranny - 20330AE18A

Quote:
Item Number MSRP Core Price Price
20330AE18A $41.15 $0.00 $29.63
Front suspension - Suspension components - Spring - W/o outback
Auto trans Back 2000 - 2002
Prices per https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/oe_parts_cat.html

So, for about 30 bucks it can be fixed if you do it yourself...not bad.

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Old 08-14-2005, 05:53 PM   #4
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Thanks, I really appreciate the help...

Would I need special tools? (more special than a socket set and assorted hand tools) i.e. spring compressor?
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:54 PM   #5
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Socket set and spring compressor(rentable at AutoZone/Pep Boys)
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:55 PM   #6
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You may want to consider why the spring broke also...thats not normal, especially at 65k.
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Old 08-14-2005, 07:13 PM   #7
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I know on my model year of Legacy there was a recall in the "snow belt" states to install a shield around the bottom of the spring to keep the snow/ice/salt mixture off the spring. Apparently there had been some premature spring failures, and that was Subaru's solution.

Seeing as you're in VT, I wonder if that's the problem in your case. Can't hurt to ask at the dealer.

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Old 08-14-2005, 08:56 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Patrick Olsen
I know on my model year of Legacy there was a recall in the "snow belt" states to install a shield around the bottom of the spring to keep the snow/ice/salt mixture off the spring. Apparently there had been some premature spring failures, and that was Subaru's solution.

Seeing as you're in VT, I wonder if that's the problem in your case. Can't hurt to ask at the dealer.

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my solution would be springs that won't rust in half at the drop of a hat. but that's just me...
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Old 08-14-2005, 11:14 PM   #9
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That is an odd occurance. Re: Pat's post above, was the piece rusty?

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Old 08-15-2005, 12:07 AM   #10
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My '97's springs are not horrible, but the paint is completely falling off the springs with what looks to be a thin layer of rust attached. The cheap fix? Install a OEM spring yourself. The better fix? Order some stiffer lowering springs =D

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Old 08-15-2005, 08:38 AM   #11
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Thanks for the help everyone. I just don't have the time to wait for my own parts / own skills to get this done, so it's gonna have to go to the ole' trusted family mechanic.

As soon as I get home, I'll try to take a picture of the "break" if my digital camera will zoom / macro well enough!
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:00 PM   #12
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Pat is correct on the "Rust Belt States Recall" for the springs. Take it to the dealer.
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Old 08-15-2005, 01:46 PM   #13
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According to cars101.com that recall applies 1995-1998 and some early 1999 Legacy/Outback in “salt-belt” states
CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, KY, ME, MD,
MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY. OH, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, WI so it looks like I missed that one by a year (on paper anyway)

But, I do see other potential recalls... Since I was not the original owner, how do I go about checking for that kind of thing? I only see one that would likely affect me:

00 SUBARU LEGACY SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary:
THIS RECALL APPLIES TO CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES SOLD OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. CERTAIN REAR SUSPENSION SUBFRAME COMPONENTS WERE PRODUCED WITH POOR PAINT QUALITY WHICH, AFTER CONTINUED EXPOSURE TO CORROSIVE ROAD SALTS FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL YEARS, COULD RESULT IN RUST-OUT OF THE COMPONENT AND POSSIBLE BREAKAGE OF THE SUBFRAME.
Consequence:
IF SUCH BREAKAGE OCCURS WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING OPERATED, CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE COULD BE AFFECTED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL CLEAN AND RUST-PROOF THE REAR SUSPENSION SUBFRAME. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 14, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Notes:
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. WWM-96

Could I just get under there and look for decent looking paint?

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Old 08-15-2005, 01:56 PM   #14
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or move to pheonix or vegas or somewhere that snow and salt are not a problem...
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