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Old 09-12-2013, 08:30 AM
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Wow...

Great thread guys. I just noticed in my wife's X3 the driver's side front rattling a little when hitting bumps. I think I have a blown shock absorber as I can see leakage around it and pushing that side down is far easier than the passenger side and it bounces.

This broken spring business is blowing my mind though ... when you guys had that are you saying the spring was literally cracked and separated at some points? I'll have to check mine before planning my replacement (which I will be doing myself)...
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:23 AM
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Pretty much.
The rear springs can snap near one or both ends, where the they are thinner. Really not too tough to swap out though.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:49 AM
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Salt Related?

Here is a question which may or may not be related. How many of you with broken springs live in or operate in areas where the roads are salted or other chemicals are used for deicing?
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:00 PM
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Good question...

I live in Maryland. They salt the road when ever a few snow flakes hit the ground. I do drive up into the mountains to snowboard. So it's safe to say my springs do get a good dose of salt these winters.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:57 PM
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Corroded springs

It seems as if there is a trend that those owners whose springs regularly get salted have higher failure rate than those who don't. Perhaps the surface gets corroded and then that speeds up fatigue. I am not a metals engineer but it seems logical.
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