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    So I got my springs replaced at the Vx main dealer under a warranty claim - they're not the original Vx springs, they had to use a pattern part for cost reasons.

    However, it now feels like the car is drifting / pulling left - could this be due to the springs not being Vx? I would have thought they would just be a copy of the Vx items.

    Or is there another reason, something they might have done during the fitting?

    Any advice would be great. Thanks

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    As a warranty claim, then only OE parts should have been used
    Equally, the shock absorbers should have been tested
    However, if the springs have reached the end of their life the shocks won't be far behind

    After a suspension part replacement the entire four wheel alignment should have been checked, and most likely would require adjustment
    This step is often overlooked by dealerships, some simply perform a front wheel alignment only

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    did you check they did both sides?

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    Thanks


    It's a claim made on a warranty I have from the supplying dealer it's not a Vx warranty unfortunately.. I took it to the Vx dealer for the work but the warranty company would only cover a pattern replacement but it's one apparently the dealership use regularly.

    Would there be a difference in the spring from the original? I'm guessing it would just be a copy or it wouldn't fit..

    Is it possible for a spring to cause this issue?

    I doubt they did any alignment at all, Would it be necessary after just a replacement spring?


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    Quote Originally Posted by john norris View Post
    did you check they did both sides?
    Yeah they did both, they came as a pair. I've checked tyres, pressures etc all ok.

    Unless a drift left on the motorway is 'normal'?!

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    could be road camber ?

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    If only the failed spring was replaced, then this would explain the issue and would be obvious
    This is fine for passing a MoT, but is not suitable for practical driving

    AE parts are acceptable, providing they are replaced on a like for like basis
    There are numerous types of suspension, so with AE parts it is quite difficult to ensure they match OE parts
    Providing both front springs were replaced (as a pair of the correct type) then there shouldn't be an issue
    However, if the car originally had sports springs (SRI) and they were replaced with standard springs then you may notice a difference (the car will appear to bounce at the front), and it gets worse if they are for the wrong engine

    Personally, give it 500 miles and then if the issue has not resolved go back to the dealership and check the correct parts were ordered
    If there is no solution, take the matter up with the warranty company and advise the replacement parts are not suitable and OE parts will have to be used

    When it comes to steering and suspension I use only OE parts, for this very reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by john norris View Post
    could be road camber ?
    Its possible I guess, it's definitely a drift as opposed to a pull but seems worse than it was. I'll try to find a good bit of road and do some testing.

    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    If only the failed spring was replaced, then this would explain the issue and would be obvious
    This is fine for passing a MoT, but is not suitable for practical driving

    AE parts are acceptable, providing they are replaced on a like for like basis
    There are numerous types of suspension, so with AE parts it is quite difficult to ensure they match OE parts
    Providing both front springs were replaced (as a pair of the correct type) then there shouldn't be an issue
    However, if the car originally had sports springs (SRI) and they were replaced with standard springs then you may notice a difference (the car will appear to bounce at the front), and it gets worse if they are for the wrong engine

    Personally, give it 500 miles and then if the issue has not resolved go back to the dealership and check the correct parts were ordered
    If there is no solution, take the matter up with the warranty company and advise the replacement parts are not suitable and OE parts will have to be used

    When it comes to steering and suspension I use only OE parts, for this very reason
    Yeah I got both done, apparently they came as a pair. I thought it looked high but having looked at a few other cars it looks right. It's a 1.8vvt exclusiv by the way, I know they normally sit a bit high but it's level front to rear.

    Would spring replacement mean an alignment would always need to be done?

    Im guessing the AE part would essentially be a copy of the Vx part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Would spring replacement mean an alignment would always need to be done?

    Im guessing the AE part would essentially be a copy of the Vx part?
    Yes, as explained earlier a full four wheel alignment should have been carried out, but many VX dealerships only have the basic front wheel alignment equipment

    OE is Original Equipment (as fitted to your car when new) and used during warranty claims
    AE is After Market and are used when cars are out of warranty
    After 3 years most dealerships have both types of parts available to them

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    I'm surprised VX fitted aftermarket parts despite the warranty being other as their normal response would be that they cannot guarantee the parts.

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