Leaf Springs for Dummies
You may know
that leaf springs are the backbone of your vehicle suspension system, but do
you know how they work? Without leaf springs to absorb the shock, you would
feel every knock and jar from every pothole or uneven road. Imagine if your
axle was connected directly to the body or your car or truck, you will see that
every time the wheels and axle move upwards the body does so as well. This
would cause the passengers to move with the vehicle and feel every bump.
How Do Leaf Springs Work?
are long bundles of spring material that flex when under pressure from the moving
of a vehicle’s axle. The ends of the leaf spring bundle are attached to the
chassis of the car or truck, and the axle is then attached to the center of the
leaves. When the axle moves on various road conditions, the leaves compress and
absorb the motion rather than transferring all the energy directly to the
Of course if
your leaf springs become worn, cracked or broken they will not perform the
function necessary to ensure a smooth ride. If your leaf springs have gotten to
the point where you can feel every bump, or you hear a crunching sound when
driving on rough terrain, it is past time to have them inspected and replaced.
It’s better to not let them get to this condition in order to avoid more costly
inspection is the best way to prevent suspension damage. One easy way to see if
you are starting to have trouble is to park your vehicle on an even surface and
look at the vehicle from the front and back while crouching low. If your car or
truck is sitting lower on one side than the other, it might be that your leaf
springs are sagging and need to be replaced before they break. You should also
remove the tires and inspect for cracks or wear on the leaf springs after
removing any dirt and grime with a wire brush.
General Spring: When You Need Assistance with Your
If you have any
questions, or a specific range of suspension parts on your vehicle, the place
to turn is
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