Information - Coil springs (suspension springs)

The springs are one of the most important elements of a car damper. Such an item like the damper spring blade is changed quite often by car owners, because they ensure the safety of driving. This happens due to the fact that the spring looses on stiffness, and therefore it must be replaced. If you do not replace the item, the stretched spring can adversely affect the car behavior. You should keep an eye on this spare part, as well as on other parts of the vehicle. The service life of a spring is quite long, and with proper care, this period increases. Repair of damaged springs on new cars is practically excluded, it is better to order a new spare part.

The car spring represents a type of springs, consisting of one or several plates, which are made of hardened steel in various lengths. They are connected with clamps, which operate in a bending mode. In order to reduce the mass of modern springs, they are made of nonmetallic materials. Regarding their design, they are usually mounted on the platform in the middle of the car, and their ends are fixed to the body. The main function of the springs is to absorb the shocks when driving off road or on bad roads. It should be noted that the suspension of modern vehicles do not include springs.

The main malfunctions that occur at car springs are the breaking of plates, the loss of elasticity of sheets or subsidence, deterioration of spring bolts, bushings, brackets, anti-squeak discs, as well as cut off of the spring center bolt. As already mentioned above, when a spring breaks, the car owner should rather order a new original spare part, than trying to fix the old one on his own or in a car workshop.

The cheapest replacement parts for your car are to be found in our online store. Apart from springs, you can order other car parts, such as dampers, working cylinders, intermediate silencers and many other.

What you need to know about suspension spring replacement: lifetime limits, common defects and their signs, tips and recommendations

The suspension spring has no specified lifetime limit. Its replacement is often performed because of corrosion damage. The component is also to be replaced in case of mechanical damage (it can crack, for example) and elasticity loss.

Presence of defects is characterized by road clearance reduction, car roll, loss of travelling comfort, uneven tyre wear out.

You can diagnose spring breakdown yourself. For this you need to set the car on an even place, unload it.  With suspension spring defects, one of the car sides is lower than the other. For detailed diagnostics you need to send the car to a service station. Specialists will demount the suspension springs with the help of special equipment and then check them for damages or rust. Moreover, service station specialists will measure springs height to define if there is sagging.

Components replacement is also performed at a service station. Specialists recommend to replace these components in pairs on each axle. For this you need to buy and install the suspension spring kit – it will help to avoid uneven wear out.

Important advices for our customers

How to remove and replace suspension springs?

It is quite difficult to replace suspension springs without equipment for clamping and special wrenches. Moreover, all works conjoint with running gear repair are quite laborious and may require wheel alignment adjustment, so they should be entrusted to professionals. We do not recommend removal of the spring without clamps, because it is very dangerous. If you have something to clamp the springs with and you have corresponding skills, you may try to replace them independently.

Actions algorithm during replacement of front and rear axles components may be different. More detailed instruction you can find in vehicle technical documentation or tutorial videos on YouTube.

How to select suspension springs?

To select suspension springs use vehicle technical documentation: usually it contains length, rod diameter, quantity of coils, winding type, strength and maximum safe load. Color marking is used for indication of components rigidity; it is applied on their coils. All required information is usually noted in parts selection catalogs.

Vehicle road performance can be modified with the help of suspension springs. For example, installation of stiffer springs in the front axle will prevent sagging of the front car part during braking, softer in the rear – prevent oversteering.

What are spacers for springs needed for? Which spacers are better?

Spacers for suspension springs are needed in the following cases:

  • if there is a need to prevent sagging of the excessively loaded car. Use of coil spring spacer for this purpose is most proficient: they are cheap and notable for simplicity of installation. All you have to do for their installation is to lift the car with the help of a jack, thus suspending the wheel off the ground, so the spring would be stretched and carefully insert the spacer between its coils.
  • if there is a need to restore the road clearance, which was decreased during the time due to reduction of springs rigidity. For this, spacers should be inserted between spring or its mount and positioning cup. In the rear axle usually polyurethane, rubber or plastic spacers are used; in the front – aluminum or steel.

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