Vectra front coil springs

Discussion in 'Vectra' started by John, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. John

    John Guest

    Im I correct in thinking that the design of the front strut assembly is
    slightly different to the conventional setup?

    Usually the inner wng has 3 securing nuts to release the strut assembly from
    the vehicle. It appears te Vectra does not have the conventional suspension
    top, ant the nut on the inner wing will directly release the coil spring, is
    this correct?

    Can the spring be changed with the hub, drive shaft etc still connected, or
    does the lower arm, track rod end and caliper have to be removed first

    Apart from spring compresssors are any other special tools needed?

    Any help would be appreciated.
    John, Feb 14, 2009
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  2. John

    Mike Guest


    Just wondering if you have a broken spring? My 96 vectra seems to like them,
    had 3 sets in, always seems to break the last 3 inches off them. Maybe its a
    tempering thing.

    Mike, Feb 15, 2009
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  3. John

    me140 Guest

    What year Vectra are we talking about?
    me140, Feb 15, 2009
  4. John

    John Guest

    I know a neighbour that had both springs break within 2 days. The first one
    broke and the broken coil punctured his tyre. A garage told him this is very
    common on Vectra's. The Vectra I am asking about is a 51 plate 2.6 V6, and
    the MOT has reported the springs as being corroded.
    John, Feb 16, 2009
  5. John

    me140 Guest

    Not that common on the old shape Vectra but a real problem with the new
    shape ones.
    Back to yours - the nut under the bonnet just allows the strut to be
    removed it doesn't release the spring-there is another nut underneath the
    plate for that.
    Leave all the hub alone, just undo the anti roll bar link and brake pipe
    clip and then the 2 bolts that hold the strut to the hub.
    No special tools apart from compressors but treat it with respect cos the
    spring can cause serious injuries if it comes loose.
    me140, Feb 16, 2009
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