What is the Average Life
Expectancy of Your New Leaf Springs?
Many different factors
can lead to leaf spring wear, and because of this there is no easy way to
determine how long a set of new leaf springs will last. The weight and
frequency of loads, along with wear from dirt and grime, can all lead to early
wear. However, if you are used to riding with a light load and clean and
maintain your leaf springs regularly, you can expect to get a surprisingly long
life out of your suspension.
How Can You Tell If Your Leaf Springs are Worn?
An easy way to check the
health of your suspension, including your leaf springs, is to park on a level
surface and look at the vehicle from a low vantage point to see if it’s sitting
lower on one side, which could indicate an uneven wear on your leaf springs. If
you see this behavior, then doing a more thorough inspection.
When inspecting your
leaf springs, look for wear in the areas where two parts of the leaf springs
meet. It is when metal components rub together that you can experience wear of
the spring metal, which can lead to cracks, or broken springs that can cause
problems with your suspension system.
How Do You Maintain Your
The best defense against
leaf spring wear is to perform a routine inspection. With the car or truck suspended,
remove the tire so that you have good access to the leaf springs and other
suspension parts. You will find that the leaf springs could be coated with
dirt, grit, or grime, so first clean them off with a cloth and with a wire
Once the leaf springs
are clean, you can look at the leaf springs a little better for wear, cracks
and breaks. It’s also possible that the leaves could have moved due to
loosening of the brackets. It is sometimes possible to nudge these back by hammering
and tightening the clamps, but do not do this if any wear has started to show on
the leaf springs. Unless the leaves are still in good condition, replacement
would be your best choice.
General Spring: Your
Suspension Experts for All Your Questions on Leaf Springs
If you have
questions on leaf springs, or any other suspension system product, then you
want experts who install suspensions every day to be available at your
we have a full service suspension shop where we’ve been providing automotive
leaf spring and suspension services since 1965.
in leaf springs, coil springs, add a leafs, load support and attachment parts,
so if you need to replace old, worn, cracked or broken springs, or need a heavy
duty option then we have what you need. If you are local to New Century, KS,
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When you need advice on any type of suspension products, we are here to help.