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Unread 03-14-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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I'm replacing the entire front suspension on my girlfriend's Mitsubishi Mirage...she already bought dual-tube Touring Class Bilstein struts, will be buying new mounts soon, but I've looked everywhere for coil springs (the ones she has now have started squeaking like crazy - it sounds like her car is powered by thousands of hamsters). I tried Autozone Advance Auto, O'Reillys, Napa, Carquest, Bilstein HQ, KYB HQ, and Monroe HQ, and Big-O tires, and probably a few more I'm forgetting. My point being, I've searched pretty thoroughly. Is there anyone else likely to be able to get them, or will I have to go through a dealership? (I'm not looking for a lowering kit or coilover - just plain springs.) I hate going through dealerships, but oh well.
Also, are all springs created equal, or are their usually aftermarket springs with the same form factor, but are better than OEM?
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If we decide to go with a lowering kit instead, can we use lowering springs with normal struts/mountings, or do we have to get specific ones for the lowering springs?

And are these crap? They're a lot cheaper than anything else I've seen.

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your springs arn't making niose it just seems like it trust me it's probably the old struts have dirt in them or another problem but there is no part of a spring to squeek if it's contacting metal to metal at the strut base or upper mount that might squeek but just get new mounts up top new spring isolators for the bottom and may be a new bellow boot to keep the dirt out of the new strut since the old boot is probably bad and what let dirt get on the cylinder and cause the strut to start squeeking.
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Hmm, really? It's a pretty steady chirping sound when she drives...the springs are fine, you think? So do springs ever need replacing (assuming they don't actually break, etc)?
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only if they brake or the ride hieght starts to deminish.
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OK, struts and mountings finally in tomorrow, we're going with Lautinjr's advice to leave the springs as is for now. Just make sure I don't kill myself...is the proper sequence as follows?

jack up car/support/remove wheel
compress spring
remove strut/mounting
reassemble strut/mounting/spring on vehicle
decompress spring

right? Because I don't want to unbolt the strut until the spring is compressed, right?
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You got it just be careful to watch the spring position in the purch in relation to the mounts that's very important and can make niose if wrong best bet take a good look then compress your spring and make sure to put it back together the same way. Some spring can only mount one position so it probably won't be a problem. Also inspect your mounts over nicly look for any cracks in the rubber if they are damaged cracking or worn replace them now rather then having to pull them agin later because worn mounts can also make niose. Finally the bellows boots that cover the strut rod make sure that's in good shapr and covers the entire rod if dirt gets on the rod it will squeek when ever you touch a bump.

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Thanks for the advice!

I'm definitely planning on replacing the mounts anyway - the auto parts store I ordered the struts from said that the new struts came with new boots - we'll see if that's true.
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how are the struts going?
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Well, it took a LOT longer than expected, because the tool to remove the top nut on the assembly is only made for 15mm nuts (which is supposed to be industry-standard, I guess) but this one is a 17mm. I ended up going over to a friend's house and using his torque wrench and a pipe wrench to get it off...by the time I got that done and the struts put back on, it was dark (I don't have a garage to work in) - so today I have to put the brakes back on and take it to get it aligned. The one thing I'm concerned about, though, is that the round metal piece and the rubber lining in it that fit between the spring and the mounting didn't come with the mounting, so I had the reuse that - and the rubber looked beat to hell.

I guess we'll find out if its a problem in an hour or so after I eat lunch and finish the car.
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