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Anybody who has repaired this "on the side of the road" is
my hero.

I was working with my brother last week on the spica
system of his Alfetta sedan. We installed a new TA and
were trying to get it running decently, but no matter
what found that getting from idle to 2000 rpm was
difficult -- ran fine from 2000 on. Eventually we looked
at the roadside diagnostic notes and the symptoms suggested
a broken compensator link retaining spring and further
investigation proved this to be the case.

We did manage to find a reasonable substitute at a hardware
store (anybody actually sell the right spring out there ?), but
getting it back in wasn't accomplished before I had to leave.
Hooking the spring on the link isn't too bad but trying
to attach it to the anchor screw just didn't seem to be
happening. I'd love to know if somebody has got
a good technique for this.

Geoffrey
 

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It's all in the tools you have. Takes about 5 mins.or less. But I have done it quite a few iimes. Can't type my whole method @ the moment. I might have a new OEM spring ?

Hardware store??
 

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Actually the hardware store had a pretty good collection -- one of those
anachronistic places. However, an OEM spring would be a way better choice if
I knew where to get one.
 

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sorry for opening a 10 year old thread...

Any details on that spring you found at a hardware store that can be used? I haven't opened up my pump yet so not sure what i will find. But the screw is missing and a paper clip was coming out that hole so there is something going on.

I kinda think that stretching a broken spring only puts greater stress on the remaining length and it will eventually break again and again, getting shorter and shorter until it's too short.
 
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