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I snapped a coil spring this morning in the '99. Luckily I was really close to home. I know for my '93 there was a long extended warranty for the springs. Does anyone know if there is one for gen 3's? I am gonna start looking around but if anyone knows please tell me ASAP. Thanks.
 

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Well I called my nearest Ford dealership, the guy plugged my VIN into the computer and said there were no recalls, but the deal before on the '93 was not a recall, it was an extended warranty. I told him this and all he said was "well there's nothing in the computer." So basically he was of little help. I know this has happened to others though so share your experiences with me please.
 

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Originally posted by dIESEL600@May 5 2004, 10:42 AM
Update:

Well I called my nearest Ford dealership, the guy plugged my VIN into the computer and said there were no recalls, but the deal before on the '93 was not a recall, it was an extended warranty. I told him this and all he said was "well there's nothing in the computer." So basically he was of little help. I know this has happened to others though so share your experiences with me please.
Coil springs snapping in 99's and some 2000s are a dangerous problem. Its more common in 99s.

There have been no deaths because of this problem, so Ford doesnt seem to think its that big of a deal. There have been a number of documented cases where this has happened, and most of the time (luckily) when it happens the driver is pulling out of their driveway or it happens overnight.

If it happened when goingn 70 on the highway, thats another problem. :unsure:

-Damon
 

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Originally posted by duratecchie@May 5 2004, 10:46 AM
There have been no deaths because of this problem, so Ford doesnt seem to think its that big of a deal.
Why am I not surprised? Ford really pi$$es me off when they do this. If no one dies, it's not a problem.

If this happend to mine Ford would find them crashing through one of the windows in Dearborn. I did have both rear coil springs on my 95' Contour break off in small pieces. I didn't even know it until I failed my PA inspection. The rear end never sagged and the ride was fine. I seem to remember this sort of issue on my 89' Escort GT. What is Ford's deal with crappy springs?
 

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Originally posted by NateNBeckie+May 5 2004, 10:56 AM--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (NateNBeckie @ May 5 2004, 10:56 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-duratecchie@May 5 2004, 10:46 AM
There have been no deaths because of this problem, so Ford doesnt seem to think its that big of a deal.
Why am I not surprised? Ford really pi$$es me off when they do this. If no one dies, it's not a problem.

If this happend to mine Ford would find them crashing through one of the windows in Dearborn. I did have both rear coil springs on my 95' Contour break off in small pieces. I didn't even know it until I failed my PA inspection. The rear end never sagged and the ride was fine. I seem to remember this sort of issue on my 89' Escort GT. What is Ford's deal with crappy springs? [/b][/quote]
The problem is much more numerous and worse with contours/escorts. One of my girlfriends was driving around on 2 badly rotted/destroyed rear springs in her 95 escort. This was when I first met her, but after a few months it got fixed :D .

-DC
 

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On my Contour, the only place I could get new stock ride height springs was from the dealer, and they had to order it. You would think that other spring manufacturers would recognize these issues and make some money off of it. The springs would probably last longer too...
 

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I got the wheel off. The spring went off its seat and pushed way down to the bottom of the strut, trashing the sway bar link. And looking up, looks like the strut bearing assembly is trashed as well. At least this gives me an excuse to upgrade my links from the plastic ones. Do I have to order those or do any chain auto parts stores sell metal links?
 
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