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« on: 17 July, 2021, 07:05:35 PM »

Has anyone got any advice on how to lubricate the Flavia's front transverse leaf spring without dropping it out of the car.

I was hoping it might be possible to remove the anti-roll bar and then jack the car high enough that the spring would droop enough to allow some light aerosol grease to be sprayed onto the leaves.
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« Reply #1 on: 05 November, 2021, 11:00:46 PM »

No lubrication advice to give I'm afraid - but in case you weren't aware - in between each steel leaf is a rubber isolator strip. The parts catalogue calls this "Anti-squeak". If one / some has worn through, the ideal would be to remove spring, separate the leaves, instal replacement 'anti-squeak' rubber.

this might be a dumb idea [if so hopefully some-one more knowledgeable will point this out!] - But I believe sometimes it is the partly-exposed ends that go first, in which case you might be able to unload the spring enough to access the tattered end, cut away, and bodge a repair with new rubber strip and adhesive. How long that might hold I've no idea...
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« Reply #2 on: 06 November, 2021, 06:49:32 AM »

Has anyone got any advice on how to lubricate the Flavia's front transverse leaf spring without dropping it out of the car.

I was hoping it might be possible to remove the anti-roll bar and then jack the car high enough that the spring would droop enough to allow some light aerosol grease to be sprayed onto the leaves.
You would have to remove the shock absorber to get max droop without going through to removing the spring itself. Not sure this will be enough. I would shoot thinned down waxoyl several times particulary in the top towards the centre mount. If you do take the spring out you will notice the leaves are tight togetherů. The interleaving on front springs is not rubber as sold for rear springs but some tough nylon type of material.

Are you sure the squeak is not coming from a shock bush or wishbone?
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