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    front spring replacement

    Hi, Can anyone tell me is replacing a front spring very difficult to do. Also does anyone know of a garage in or around Carlisle,Cumbria who would fit one for me, Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cumbria boy View Post
    Hi, Can anyone tell me is replacing a front spring very difficult to do. Also does anyone know of a garage in or around Carlisle,Cumbria who would fit one for me, Thanks

    No, the biggest problem you'll have is getting top nut off, but preparation beforehand and a good 24 hour soak in lots of rust penetrant (not wd40) should sort that out

    Top tip - make your own >> http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/tech-tips/55/
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    ATF and acetone? Never tried that but then I am happy using red diesel. Better than WD40 at least. Top nut comes off easily if you use the right tools. You need a 7 mm allen and a deep reach ring spanner. The allen must be fully seated in the socket or you will have trouble. Alternatively buy the special aluminium clamp from Smart. Cost around 13 pounds. Further details on Evilution.
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    Thanks, will remember that when the time comes

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    If you're replacing a broken one then it might be worth contacting smart as it's a common problem, and many are fixed for free.
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    Thanks jmm, The only thing is the car is 02 so I hardly think they will replace the spring for free, or am I wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cumbria boy View Post
    or am I wrong?
    You'd be surprised >> http://www.smartmaniacs.co.uk/forums...ad.php?t=61974

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    Nah, there's been springs replaced on older cars than that. I think some of it comes down to how much your car has been to smart in the past but the worst they can say is no, so you might as well ring up. I believe you need to ask if SO38 is logged against the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMM View Post
    Nah, there's been springs replaced on older cars than that. I think some of it comes down to how much your car has been to smart in the past but the worst they can say is no, so you might as well ring up. I believe you need to ask if SO38 is logged against the car.
    Thanks again JMM, Thing is--- what's a SO38???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cumbria boy View Post
    Thanks again JMM, Thing is--- what's a SO38???
    It's the recall code for the springs. Mr Poo's a 51 and his got done for free (in fact, most fortwos have )

    if not, make sure you replace the pair.

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