View Full Version : Coilover adjustment stuck!

S14 K's
04-15-2003, 07:29 PM
Hi, I just got my Tein HE installed to my S14. Everything works fine except the rear passenger side coilover. The dampen adjustment knob is stuck! I tried using the screw driver which is included, but it just stuck there. I think this is a manufacture defect? If not, what have I done wrong?

since I think Tein has 1 year warranty on this, maybe I should get a replacement? I don't wanna send it back if I can fix it easily. Thanks guys (and gals)

04-16-2003, 10:49 AM
have you tried taking weight off of that corner i.e. jacking that side...if that doesn't work i'd deffinatly send them back.

04-16-2003, 10:51 AM
call, fax or email TEIN USA


see what they say
ive never had that problem w/ mine, but TEIN might know

www.tein.com (http://www.tein.com)

04-16-2003, 10:54 AM
YOU FEIND...it's 7am...go to bed!

04-16-2003, 10:55 AM
haha..up at 6, work by 7:30 http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

btw, tein USA is REALLY NICE and helpful, unlike other suspension companies................................. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/blush.gif

S14 K's
04-16-2003, 12:18 PM
Ok thanks. I tried to adjust it while it's on the hoist, so I think it's a manufacture defect. I hope Tein will replace my part soon...

04-16-2003, 12:24 PM
Tein has too bro its not there choose its yours http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif

04-16-2003, 12:25 PM
btw, is is stuck on full stiff or full soft?
to make it soft, turn counterclockwise
stiff, clockwise

im sure tein will take care of it/assist you if its defective.

also did you have them on your car and after driving a while it got stuck or are these brand new in the box??

edit: i think i got the direction to turn correct, im doing it off the top of my head

04-16-2003, 01:57 PM
Aaron - You're correct...

Full clockwise is full stiff

Full counter-clockwise is softest - Do not use the 8 softest clicks

i.e. turn it full clockwise (stiffest) and soften it no more than 16 clicks.

Later - Brian

S14 K's
04-16-2003, 06:12 PM
Ok, I've removed the coilover and dismantles it like the diagram in the manual. Funny thing is that, after dismantled, and after I gave a few press (it's HARD, cos I think the factory setting is full stiff), I can now turn the knob!! http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/confused.gif However, it's still not anywhere the same as the other coilovers.

Also, when I go over bumps and stuff, there's "hissing" sound. I could hear both rear coilovers have the sound, but the faulty one is louder. Is this normal?? or a leak?? I heard that the hissing sound is normal, but should they be about the same sound level?

04-16-2003, 06:43 PM
sounds like you might have installed them incorrectly and blwon them.
did you set the suggested ride height the FIRST TIME
did you go past the 16 clicks OR start at teh softest and rode that for a bit.

as we said before
they can give you the info on it all and help you
we cant do much really. they would know BEST

S14 K's
04-16-2003, 09:38 PM
sounds like you might have installed them incorrectly and blwon them.
did you set the suggested ride height the FIRST TIME
did you go past the 16 clicks OR start at teh softest and rode that for a bit.

I did everything according to the manual. It states in the manual that the factory setting of the shock is FULL STIFF, and I couldn't turn the knob, so how could I go past 16 clicks?

I'm still waiting for Tein's reply. Thanks.

S14 K's
04-17-2003, 12:18 PM
ok, I called Tein, cos I couldn't wait any longer! http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
Anyway, that gentleman Ikuta was very nice in answering my question. Great thanks to him! Ok, so he said that as long as the shock shaft acts the same as the other shock (which mine does), it's not a blown shock. the the adjustment stuck is probably that particular shock had sit for a while and the lubricant within is notworking as well. He suggests to use some WD-40 to soak it and see if that's the case. If not, he'll replace mine. He also commented that the hissing sound is common and it's normal.

Anyways, this certainly soothes my nerves a bit. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

04-17-2003, 12:21 PM
glad it is ok. so far.
yeah Tein USA is REALLY helpful and nice, the one thing i DO like about my HEs, their customer support is top notch.

good luck! hope it works out.