complete, what next?
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: United Kingdom
Not necessarily, sometimes the piece of spring is still there which is a dead giveaway but if not it can be hard to tell from a cursory inspection. From what they've said and the noise you describe I'm 99% its broken spring. They're rising rate springs, so the lower coils are slightly larger and spaced further apart than the upper coils. If the top coils broken off the lower coils will not fit into the top mount. Stand at the front of the car and see if it is sagging on that side, it should be lower if a coil or two are missing.
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