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Yesterday I noticed an odd smell and smoke coming from my drivers side rear wheel. I saw that the one side looks a little lower on the drivers side compared to passenger side. I am guessing the Tire is rubbing the suspension and am trying to figure out what needs replacing. Do I need to replace both spring and strut or one or the other?

Also are there any temporary solutions to this like spring spacers?

My car now has 140k on all original strut and spring. I can't afford to repair it so the cheaper the better obviously. Any thoughts are appreciated.

I am going to start by removing all excess weight from my trunk for now and I need to figure out something else.
 

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I don't see anything un usual. I took some pictures will post soon to get a second opinion


For now I put my temporary spare on to see if it still makes the smell to rule out it's coming from the brakes
 

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Heres what will happen. Little parts of the spring will start to break off
the coil from the top. The spring looks intact. but the car is riding lower.
If you look close at the top, you will see a jagged end on the spring where
part of the coil has broke off. The OEM end will be smooth. Eventually,
it will keep breaking until it ends up like mine did.

Follow the link i posted. I tried to download a picture, but for whatever
reason, it won't let me upload a picture.

Someday, you will be driving down the road and you will hear a DOOING
sound. You will not have a clue what it was. But it will be another part
of your spring breaking off.

I changed the struts on my 97, and my 98 is sagging now and its on
the repair list.
 

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Yeah I noticed a little mark on the Tire where it rubbed.

Carx quoted me $650 for both rear one piece quick struts and they recommend both sway bar end links in that price.


Is this really that expensive of a job? Wondering if I can tackle it myself
 

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Yeah I noticed a little mark on the Tire where it rubbed.

Carx quoted me $650 for both rear one piece quick struts and they recommend both sway bar end links in that price.


Is this really that expensive of a job? Wondering if I can tackle it myself
If you a well equipped DIY, yes. But your going to need some patience
and some help.

The big gotcha is breaking loose the pinch bolts and getting them off
without breaking them. I would do a preemptive strike and take the
rear wheels off, and squirt the area behind the knuckle where the slot is
with a hose and get all the crud out of the area. When that drys, get
some penetrating oil and spray the hell out of it and let it sit for awhile.

A air or electric impact is almost a must doing this. If not, go down to
harbor freight and buy the longest 1/2 breaker bar they got. You will
need it. The back seat will need to come out along with the upper rear
deck cover cover to get access to the upper strut nuts. Its easier if
you take both sides of the sway bar links off before you remove anything.

If that pinch bolt does NOT break loose, your going to need a torch or
such to put some heat on the strut knuckle to break the pinch bolt loose.

As long as your there, check out your rear brakes for sticking caliper pins
or leaking wheel cylinders.

I am there with you. I have two quick struts i picked up at the Upull i need
to put on my 98.
 

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Sounds like more than I'm equipped to handle. I only have a small mechanics set of sockets and wrenches. I don't even have a garden hose living in an apartment.

Wondering what the cheapest place is to get this done. Would it be cheaper to have pep boys put all four sides in or does $650 sound about right for the rears w/new end links?
 

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If you have the money for all four quickstruts, plus an alignment, that would be the route to go. You'd fix camber issues, have new springs, and get the toe set front and rear which will hold for a while with new springs. Assuming you don't also need mre front end work that will be discovered on the rack. :eek:
 

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This stuff is expensive. Pepboys wants over $1300 for just the 4 struts.

I am fairly sure I don't need much extra work done because I had a new steering rack put in a year ago and they checked everything out and replaced some bits already like ball joints but i'm having a hard time justifying over 1000 in this thing with as many problems as it has.

140k original engine and tranny. No heat no ac (plugged core and bad ac compressor) leaky windows and door seals, full of rust, exhaust damaged by cat. So many little things.... If i were to put all that money in the suspension id have to be pretty ignorant considering the engine or transmission could be next.

Might just see how long I can limp til I have to junk it or just get rear suspension done as cheap as possible.


Also had the entire rear brake setup rebuilt 2-3 years ago when it pretty much disintegrated back there. At least I know my brakes are good all around. ( I took care of the front myself)
 
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