Truck Leaf Springs and Hauling: What You Need to Know
In a truck, the
leaf springs are the main component keeping the wheels moving smoothly over
bumps and potholes without transferring the jarring to the body of the truck.
This makes your ride smoother and easier on your passengers, as well as on any
type of load that you may be carrying. Without leaf springs and the rest of
your vehicle suspension, your drive would be extremely uncomfortable.
everyone realizes that leaf springs come in many different load capacities for the
same type of truck. If you’re going to use your truck to haul heavy loads, then
you need to know what weight your leaf springs can hold so that you don’t
exceed the limit they can carry. Options are available to improve the carrying
capacity of the leaf springs and suspension, but knowing how large your biggest
load will be is an important first first step.
What if I Overload My Leaf Springs?
If your leaf
springs have a capacity of 3,000 lbs., and you overload them with 3,200 lbs.,
during the first trip, you’ll not likely have an immediate problem, but if you
constantly overload the springs with cargo in excess of the limit, you’ll
eventually have difficulty. Constant overloading can lead to excess early wear,
stress cracking and fracturing, and potentially catastrophic failure of the
careful care and maintenance, you’ll find that your leaf springs will show
damage and cracking more quickly than if they were not stressed beyond their
limits. You may not have a breakdown on the highway, but you’ll end up
replacing your leaf springs sooner than originally expected.
What Does Hauling Have to Do with Truck Leaf Springs?
think about the load on a truck coming only from cargo in the truck bed, but
what if you’re attaching a trailer to handle a bigger load? Many people forget
to consider that with the trailer attached to the hitch, not all of the load in
the trailer is carried by the leaf springs on the trailer. Part of the load is
transferred to the back wheels of the truck. So, if you already have the
maximum capacity load in the truck bed and attach a trailer, you’re still
increasing the load on the back leaf springs.
Where to Go for Help? The Team at General Spring!
At General Spring,
we have been in the leaf spring and suspension business for over 50 years. Our
dedicated service team has the knowledge and experience to help you with any
questions you may have about your suspension and leaf springs. We even have the
ability to work with our suppliers and have custom made leaf springs designed
specifically for your unique needs, such as an older vehicle with difficult to
find leaf springs.
we have a full service shop in the New Century, KS area, but can also ship out
our suspension products throughout the United State and even around the world.
If you need advice on your vehicle suspension, and are in the area, you can
contact us locally at 913-829-0619. National customers can call us toll free at
1-888-829-0619. For your convenience, you can also contact us