Is it Time for New Leaf Springs? Here’s How to Diagnose Them
One thing you don’t want to do is find out that you need new leaf springs when it’s too late! If you are carrying heavy loads, chances are it’s a workload. When hauling workloads, it is important to make sure that your vehicles are regularly maintained to ensure efficient operation to avoid worrisome and even catastrophic breakdowns.
When towing heavy loads, it is important to have healthy leaf springs installed. This can sometimes be overlooked, but it is a priority that should be at the top of the ‘To-Do” list. After all, how can you operate a successful hauling/towing business, if you don’t have a properly equipped vehicle to complete the task?
For businesses that manage larger fleets of work vehicles, this is simply a matter of undergoing a routine inspection. Yet, for smaller companies and entrepreneurs, most of this type of work must be multi-tasked by one person. This might be a problem if this person is not knowledgeable in mechanics.
You don’t have to be a certified mechanic to know when it’s time to replace your leaf springs. Here are a few ways that you can diagnose whether or not your work vehicle needs new leaf springs—without paying a mechanic to tell you!
How Should Leaf Springs Look?
Leaf springs can be found on the front or rear end attached to either the bottom or top of the axle of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. It looks like different sizes of bowed, narrow strips of steel stacked together. This part is created to absorb the gravity of an excessive amount of weight. New leaf springs will typically have a nice coating of black paint, but if your work vehicle has seen its share of labor, chances are it may be a little dirty and rusty.
Clue #1: Look for Any Cracks
You might have to get a little dirty and inspect the leaf springs yourself. If your leaf springs have cracked, broken, or missing pieces, it is highly recommended replacing them as soon as possible.
Clue #2: Swaying
If you find that the rear end of your truck is particularly bouncy and swaying whenever you hit a bump, you might need to check to see if your leaf springs are wearing out. Leaf springs are designed to absorb the energy that bumps and gravity brings, preventing such symptoms like swaying and bouncing.
Clue #3: Can the Vehicle Carry a Heavy Load?
Any easy way to find out if your truck can even take a load is to simply look at it after it is loaded or hitched. If the back of the truck sags, that means, the leaf springs are not doing its job of upholding that extra weight. Get them replaced!
Where to Find Leaf Spring Replacements
General Spring specializes in providing our customers with original equipment manufacturing (OEM) as well as coil and heavy-duty leaf spring replacements. We have been servicing the Kansas City area for over 50 years and have expanded to provide quality leaf spring replacements throughout the United States. If you’ve conducted an inspection on your work vehicle and discovered that your leaf springs need replaced, call us today at 888-829-0619 to place your order. Search our online catalog or email us now with any inquires.