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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 09, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

My Camaro was jacked up in the front to replace brake lines and when I put the car back on the ground the right front spring stayed stiff. I to rock and bounce the car a few time for it to release, is this a common thing that can happen or is something wrong?
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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

spring is not in the pocket. BE VERY CARFEUL!! Keep the kids back. You may have to release the tension and rotate the spring til it sits in the pocket....watch out.

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

But the springs were replaced years ago, although the guy who did the work front and rear springs at the time turned out to be a moron! I take it this is not a fluke thing that happened but a problem?

What do I do to correct this problem?

Also is there some kind of front coil spring insulator that goes on the top of the front spring,and is it necessary?

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

Yeah, sounds like its rotated out of pocket. Not common, but guess it can happen. Is it a lowered spring?

I figure if it rotated unintentionally, you should be able to rotate it back to where it should be. Not spring insulator.

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

It was a set of Moog spring with stock replacement height that he put in. Could they have been installed incorrectly? Does the spring need to come out or can it be compressed and rotated? I have never done this before, what does this pocket look like?
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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

The easiest way to do this is jack the car back up and get a tie down strap like what they use for motorcycles and rap it around a couple of times tighten it up and turn the spring in the location to fall back into the pocket.

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

Sorry I'm having a hard time picturing this with the tie down strap?
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Sorry I'm having a hard time picturing this with the tie down strap?
It will clamp around the spring and give you lots of leverage to be able to turn the spring back in its pocket, without tearing it apart and renting a spring compressor.

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

So it's noticeably stiffer than it was before? I'm guessing so since you notice it now, especially just on one side.

If it's a stock-sized spring, it shouldn't have rotated out of the pocket just from jacking the car up.

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

The front end of the car was fine before I jacked up the car. When I lowered the car it was stiff as a board on the right front side, the left side was normal (bounced up and down). After I pushed/rocked the car a few times on the ground it fell into place and now is normal.
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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

Strange situation, but glad it's all well now.

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

What does this pocket look like? Is it a round grove shaped like a donuts on the top side or is there a area that the beginning of the spring end fits into?
Also what is the assembly manual talking about with a measuremant of 3/8 + - 1/8? I do not see any thing in the service manual about this?

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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

You're correct in your description of the spring pocket!....The end of the spring tang should be the measurement you described.....Most likely the end of the spring is very close to the spring groove end in the pocket, it would need to be shifted over!
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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

What is the hole for ?

What does the spring insulator do, I dont think my car has one from when the springs were replaced?
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Re: 69 coup front right spring stays stiff after jacking

stops it from screechin and moving around under load...insulator that is.

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