Front offside spring problem
I recently stripped down both front struts of my very late sud sprint (1989 qv 1.7) and on trying to refit the offside, it doesn't,t go back square with the lower spring pan. The near side goes back together fine. Thinking I'd done something to the offside spring or lower spring pan, I checked them and they are fine. Both springs are exactly the same and I even got a spare lower spring pan from John at justsuds (yep the correct handed part) and it's also fine.
Basically when I try to refit the offside sprint to the lower spring pan the spring sits at an odd angle, pulling the spring off-centre to the strut coming thru it. If I try to then fit the top spring pan to do it up, it Just twists the lower spring pan out of square, pulling the lower bearing to bits..........Which is obviously not right.
I've tried swapping over the springs in case the spring was damaged, but that didn't work. Then I sat the pondering and when I looked at the two matched lower spring pans side by side, I'm really puzzled cos the start of the spring when seated in the lower spring pans (the kink in the outer edge of the pan that the spring nestles into), well they run different ways to each other, I.e., one starts off towards the bottoms of the strut whilst the other side leads offin the other direction I.e., up the strut........so no wonder the spring on the offside sits at an odd angle (based on the springs being identical) but then tht would mean it's been designed like that.......which it won't have..........
Am I missing something very obvious here........should the springs be identical. - I think so, should the offside spring start in that obvious kink/nestle point - I think so........