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Broken front spring

Woohoo. After feeling left out from all these tales of front suspension problems I've finally got a broken spring

It came to pieces when I was driving and a fairly large chunk of spring came off and rattled around the wheelarch
Fortunately I was only doing 20mph at the time.

Anyway should the springs be replaced in pairs or is it ok to just replace the one as I suspect this is what the dealer will do.

Also the car has had a 'wobble' recently - like tramlining except it does it on straight, smooth roads - and I suspected this may be track rod ends or somesuch.
Could it have been a symptom of the spring being broken?
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Happened to mine last week, see here https://www.fiatforum.com/stilo/48773-what-rubbish-day.html

was passanger side front.

As previous thread says, it was parked in car park and decided to snap all by itself.
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Re: Broken front spring

Yup my passenger side front too.
I wonder if there's a service bulletin for this as well as everything else.
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Re: Broken front spring

Can we ask everyone who experiences broken suspension springs to make sure that their dealer files a report to Fiat then they might recognise the recurring pattern of a Stilo suspension spring manufacturing problem. A dealer might see one here and there but throughout the country, as evident from this forum, the signs seem clear enough that there is a problem.

Who knows they may have already compiled a bulletin.

Any Fiat techies on line know?
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Re: Broken front spring

It's getting better.

Apparently the drivers side shock absorber is leaking and I need new brake pads all round.

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My broken spring was caused by a leaking shock
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Re: Broken front spring

Well the latest from my beloved friends at Arnold Clark in Perth is that the spring and the shock are covered by warranty.
I have a feeling they're only going to replace 1 shock though which may be a concern as I was always advised to do it in pairs.
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Quote Originally Posted by timr69
Well the latest from my beloved friends at Arnold Clark in Perth is that the spring and the shock are covered by warranty.
I have a feeling they're only going to replace 1 shock though which may be a concern as I was always advised to do it in pairs.

Yes two it should be dont give in point out the safety aspect to them theyknow that fitting will cause a slight imbalance and could cause handleing problems
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Re: Broken front spring

Well I've just spoken to the service manager and he is adamant that there is no need to replace the other front strut as it is perfectly fine. It's just done 48,000 miles more than the new one

TBH I'm not going to push it as I would've agreed with them if they said it was a consumable. I'll just replace it myself when I get the car back.
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I need to replace both my front springs and dont really want the original fiat ones again ( they seem to break on everyone ), neither do I want to lower the car. Can anyone point me to straight replacement springs that arent fiat ones. Thanks for the help.!
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I need to replace both my front springs and dont really want the original fiat ones again ( they seem to break on everyone ), neither do I want to lower the car. Can anyone point me to straight replacement springs that arent fiat ones. Thanks for the help.!

Hi try AZ Motors in Wakefield theyre £25-33p ea + vat sell lots of other stuff to Tel 01924-369000
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Question Broken front spring on suspension

I've had the same driver's side broken spring problem on my stilo 1.2 five door. It has only done 23k miles and both front coil springs were replaced as was the driver's tyre and shock absorber. The car was technically out of warranty by ten months but fiat have offered to pay the labour and parts excluding the shocker and some other small items . Anyone else have same situation with offers from fiat uk?
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Quote Originally Posted by jthstilo
I've had the same driver's side broken spring problem on my stilo 1.2 five door. It has only done 23k miles and both front coil springs were replaced as was the driver's tyre and shock absorber. The car was technically out of warranty by ten months but fiat have offered to pay the labour and parts excluding the shocker and some other small items . Anyone else have same situation with offers from fiat uk?
Hell thats a turn around from the usual Fiat customer relations id grab it mate
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After another letter of complaint to them, I have now been told by Fiat that they will reimburse me for the full amount of the repair. It amounts to about £348 and includes all labour, parts, etc. However I'm still out of pocket by about £90 because of breakdown charges and travel back home. If anyone has any further comments, let me know before I make the decision about accepting what's on offer.
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Re: Broken front spring

Quote Originally Posted by jthstilo
After another letter of complaint to them, I have now been told by Fiat that they will reimburse me for the full amount of the repair. It amounts to about £348 and includes all labour, parts, etc. However I'm still out of pocket by about £90 because of breakdown charges and travel back home. If anyone has any further comments, let me know before I make the decision about accepting what's on offer.
I take pride in the fact my passenger side front spring broke yonks ago. You guys are way behind. You haven't even worn out your alternator bearings, or had the gear turret replaced...
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