What's the Difference
Between a Leaf Spring and a Coil Spring?
Many people think that a leaf spring and coil spring are
interchangeable, or that you have the option of selecting one over the other
for your vehicle. This is not the case. Your vehicle has either been built with
leaf springs or coil springs. This really all depends on the kind of vehicle
that’s being built and its overall intent on how it’s going to function.
Learning about Leaf
There are trucks that are used for heavy-duty work purposes
and trucks that are used as passenger vehicles. Depending on the scope of work
that the truck is intended for, perhaps a leaf spring is necessary, as they are
typically installed on the back part of your chassis near the axle. This is
most useful for flatbed trucks that carry an excessive amount of weight on the
back. The leaf springs provide enough tension to take a certain amount of
weight while keeping the truck from swaying or tipping over.
Leaf springs are especially good for towing. As additional
weight gets hitched on to a truck for pulling, if that truck doesn’t have the
proper type of leaf springs installed, or if they’re cracked or worn, the leaf
springs will bottom out, causing the additional weight from the towed vehicle
to weigh on the back of the truck that eventually makes it sag. This is not a
good look! If this is not addressed right away, there could be permanent damage
to your truck rendering it inoperable.
Other vehicles like SUV, vans, and even recreational
vehicles can benefit from leaf springs. Leaf springs are installed in most
passenger vehicles, but for any truck, van, or SUV that may be used to tow or
haul weight beyond its capacity, replacement leaf springs or other suspension
add-ons will provide the extra support.
are examples of this.
Read more about leaf springs here.
Learning about Coil
You’re either going to need a leaf spring or a coil spring.
For work vehicles, and heavy-duty industrial purposes, oftentimes the coils
springs are used. Coil springs are typically installed on the front end of a
vehicle. This suspension system is perfect for snowplows, crane lifters, and
even for recreational off-roading vehicles.
The coil spring provides a resistance that retracts with the
amount of pressure weighed on the vehicle. With this type of suspension system,
your vehicle will be able to take on a massive amount of weight while providing
a smooth ride.
Read more about coil springs and its uses here.
General Springs: Your
Automotive Suspension Provider
If you have any more questions about knowing whether your
truck, van, SUV, or recreational vehicle could benefit from a suspension
replacement part, call the experts at General Spring. We have a huge inventory
of leaf springs and coil springs in our warehouse in New Century, KS.
If you are near the area, you can place your order with us
today and pick it up within the same week. If you live outside the New Century,
KS area, we can ship your suspension part out to you, no matter where you live
in the United States.
So give General
a call today, toll free at 888-829-0619, or locally at 913-829-0619.
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