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Old 13 Dec 2015, 11:28 am
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Question Front strut problem

On my 2001 PT Cruiser the left strut spring broke just turning and backing out of the garage. The car only has 52000 miles and I bought it new. The front end has gone through 2 tie rod ends and now the left strut assy. The garage I go to replaced both strut assemblies with Monroe heavy duty units then had an alignment. Just wondering if anyone else has had that sudden snapping of a coil spring, seems odd, I've never owned a car that broke a coil spring, this car has always been driven carefully and well maintained. ??? just wondering.
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Old 13 Dec 2015, 12:12 pm
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Default Re: Front strut problem

this is far more common than you'd think on all makes of vehicles.

here's ford and chevy:


broken right rear spring from my mustang:

both fronts were also snapped at the bottom. no picture though


two days ago dealt with these. both front springs broken. 1999 chevy malibu.

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Old 13 Dec 2015, 06:20 pm
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Wow, that one on the right looks just like the one that blew on mine. The only difference I can see is mine still had factory black paint on it and only had 52000 miles. Looks like a material problem. I did have to replace the rear coils on my wife's 97 Escort at 46000 miles and it looked like they just rotted out.
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Old 14 Dec 2015, 01:04 pm
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I can say it's not common on the PT. But being a 01. There may hay been some early or late differences in the spring. New modes often have production changes. Just a guess and would not nesasarly be any notation by the manufacture or maker of the spring for them.

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Old 14 Dec 2015, 03:12 pm
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I've never had one with a broken coil. I did have an 81 Dodge Ram 1500 van that broke a leaf spring on me, though.

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