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Honda Civic Rear Supension Problem

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10-19-04, 02:30 PM   #1  
Honda Civic Rear Supension Problem

1997 Honda Civic DX Coupe:

I drove from Miami to Los Angeles (3,000+ miles) with a fully packed trunk and back seat. The weight pushed the rear end way down, which made the rear suspension arms move up, which made the rear tires slant in at the top, which severly wore the inner tread.

When I unoaded the car, the rear end didn't come back up to it's normal position, and the tires are still slightly slanted, which continues to wear out and scallop the inner tread, which creates a lot of road noise.

I tried jacking up the rear end and letting the suspension hang free for a few hours, but it didn't help.

I want to fix this before I get new tires, but I don't know if I should replace the shocks, spring coils, or both, or something else, and I'm on a tight budget.

Any advice?

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10-20-04, 04:32 AM   #2  

...sounds like you may have overloaded the car...the coil springs are responsible for supporting the weight of the vehicle. altho i've never seen this happen...and i've definately NOT seen it all, it's possible that both springs have collapsed...measuring the free length of the spring would be the way to tell...if you could find the spec for it. you might try an aftermarket company like Moog for info like that...you'd never find it in a honda service manual

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