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Unread 11-18-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Hello.... ever since i got this car its been leaning unevenly on the driver side. its a little low.. i took advantage on changing the shocks hoping it will fix the problem. i change all four shocks with brand new ones for a good deal of 40$ good shocks from Autozone.. Completed the swap still remain the same leaning.. i assuming its the Spring coils???? or what do you guys think? if it is how do i change the spring? or should i not> since i heard its a little dangerous to do soo?
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Conventional shocks (not gas filled) have no lifting effort, they only produce a hydraulic dampening effect. If your shock were badly worn it causes the springs to flex too much and weakens them, if you had one bad shock it would weaken that spring over time, this happens over time, its not going to happen in a week or a month. Back to your problem, to really measure this, all the tire pressures must be the same (a little higher than normal like near the maximum pressure your tires are rated at will reduce tire flex), then you need to be on a almost perfectly flat and level surface (if you have a long level and a straight 2by4 you can check this), if you are measuring it on a surface that is not then you should try to find one. If your car has a lot of rust in the suspension areas this could cause problems, if your car has been in a collision previously the body shop may not have straightened the unibody out, and you could have some weak springs. How much lower is it on the drivers side, is it at the front or the back or both, if it is only like an 1/8" or maybe even up to a 1/4", I wouldn't worry with it as long as the car drives okay. Suspensions are a little tricky, for instance, if the left front is low, the right rear should be high. Good Luck.

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Easiest way to see if the coil is shot is to measure from the top of the coil saddle (spring perch) to the top of the inner guard where the shock tower is mounted.
This will give you a good indicator of where to start looking.
Once again, make sure you are on level ground.
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