Why Overloading Your
Truck Cause Strain on Your Leaf Springs
When you have a heavy-duty truck, it is often assumed that
it will haul overbearing loads. This may be true, but what often happens is
that truck-owners may end up loading their vehicle with more weight with the
logic that because it’s a truck it can take it. That’s not always the case.
Automotive manufacturers design each of their trucks for
certain purposes. Even for the ones that are built to take on harsh
environments and haul and carry heavy loads have a limit. Trucks overall, are
built to carry heavier loads that cars. One thing is certain; the majority of trucks
are installed with leaf springs to support all that heavy weight.
Purpose of Leaf
Leaf springs are built to support any additional weight on
the back of a truck. They are typically installed on the back chassis of the
axles. Leaf springs are designed to absorb the weight or energy that is placed
on a flatbed, preventing it from weighing on the axle and snapping if off from
the truck rendering it in need of serious repair.
This suspension device is designed to hold up the extra-added
weight through the pressure that is placed on the springs, allowing the load to
hold up and remain stable on the flatbed of the truck.
Leafs Springs Can and
Will Wear Out
The problem with leaf springs is about the same with any
other auto part. Over time, they can wear out and eventually need replaced.
Imagine if you will the springs within a mattress. When it’s new, it will
support a set amount of weight. If too many people lay on it or worse, start
jumping up and down on the mattress, the springs within it will recoil back
into its original form less and less. Next, two things will occur: the mattress’
weight capacity will decrease and it will no longer be level.
How to Determine if
Your Leaf Springs are Worn
It is the same for leaf springs on a truck. If a truck gets
overloaded beyond it’s capacity, the leaf spring will flatten out, reducing the
height of the truck. In the example of the worn-out mattress, the old springs
weren’t level anymore. However, with leaf springs, if the flatbed of the truck
is level, then there’s a problem!
When leaf springs are installed in a truck, it increases the
height of the flatbed by a few inches. That is why most trucks have a little
lift in the back. The higher the lift, the stronger capacity that the leaf
How to Avoid
Straining Your Leaf Springs
For work vehicles, the need for leaf spring replacements is
almost the same as getting new tires. With wear and tear, the part will
eventually strain out enough to where it is no longer useful. To avoid
straining your leaf springs purchase and
Add A Leaf Kit,
but that is not always guaranteed to work depending on the task. It is best to
not overload your truck or use it to haul loads that are above its capacity.
Spring for Your Leaf Spring Replacement
When it’s time to replace the leaf springs on your truck,
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