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  1. #1
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    Default Rear coil spring diagnosis

    The car sits about 2cm lower on one side. I've jacked both wheels off the ground and there's no obvious break in the coil spring, and both sides appear to have the same number of coils. Is the break typically not visible until you remove the spring, and are there any other reasons for a difference in ride height? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    Often the break is at the top - you lose a bit of a coil - but it sits in the cup so you can't see it until removed.


    Good news is, assuming you have a 450 (1998-2007 smart fortwo) if you take to a smart dealer & ask them to claim under Service Order SO38, you will get them replaced for free.

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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    Thanks, I will ask the dealer - but I thought that was for front springs?

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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    Lol

    I would check every corner (as any corner could affect another corner on the same side) but just buy some new ones !!, the rears were never associated with the free replacement (which Iíll put good money on being completely invalid now - itís 2020 FFS !! )
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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    As Taim has stated
    Rears were NEVER subject to recall so just ignore that comment

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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    Ah sorry guys - didn't realise it was only a front spring thing.

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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    Thanks all. New rear springs ordered. I don't think it's the front as they were replaced by the previous owner not very long ago.

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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosisn

    Worth checking your rear dampers too, they have an ever so slight compression to them.
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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    Rear springs replaced - since I had the new ones - but were not broken. Rear dampers appear fine, if anything the one on the low side of the car extended a little further. The car still sits 1.5cm to 2cm lower on the right. Maybe I'll have to take the front apart to check. Oh well, I don't have much else to do at the moment...

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    Default Re: Rear coil spring diagnosis

    There are multiple different springs available depending on year and model. If the front springs are not the same it will cause this problem, and is more likely since the fronts were replaced by a previous owner.



    My ForTwo had exactly this problem, no broken springs but once both front struts were removed and disassembled it was obvious the springs were not the same.

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