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Re: Renault - Laguna II - Front springs broken

Originally Posted by mika900 View Post
I've been reading a lot about these springs going on the Laguna. My Laguna doesn't get used much and is therefore sitting on the drive for days/weeks at a time. From what I've read this seems to be the precursor for a failure. I was wondering however if the springs are going at roughly the same mileage on the cars. Also, are we talking about the original factory fitted springs or, is there an underlying design flaw that causes the failure even with new springs fitted after a certain amount of miles? Be good if posters included the mileage of their vehicles when the failures occurred.
Can't comment specifically but had one go on my Scenic about a month back (100K mileage)
Talking with various people, seems coil spring failure is a relatively common failing on many car makes.
Dunno why because when I think of the number of cars I've owned with struts (and friends owned), many with high mileage and hard driven, can't think of one spring failure.
Struts yes and that meant a spring change but not springs.

I wonder if modern weight saving has meant the springs are being pushed to the limits with little safety factor.
Certainly looking at the springs on my Scenic they seem very skinny compared to my memory of those on Cortinas or Capris.

Looking at Deepfat's comments on spring compressors.
My venerable old set, with very slight angled single fingers did not seem safe. So I bought a new set with double hooked fingers.
Those will not slip.
But still a PITA compressing the bu%%ers.
Tenner at a local garage seems a good deal in hindsight.
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