What is a Leaf
Like many auto parts, a leaf spring is one of those items on
a vehicle that you never know you need until it breaks or wears down!
For centuries, we’ve been spoiled with the luxury of a
relatively smooth transportation that our vehicles provide. This is all thanks
to the brilliant invention of leaf springs.
Leaf spring is a suspension system for vehicles that has
been used as far back as medieval times. They were originally called carriage
or laminated springs. Its system has been tried and true, primarily used on almost
all vehicles up to the 1970’s and still today on trucks and vans that haul
The spring leaf is made up of an arc-shape, slender piece of
steel that is stacked with the same material in smaller sizes and bolted
together creating a reinforced bow-like item. It is then attached to the rear
axle and the chassis providing support to any additional weight that is added
to a vehicle, preventing the axle from buckling in and snapping from the
pressure of an extreme amount of weight that it was not originally designed to
What is the Purpose
of a Leaf Spring?
The overall purpose of a leaf spring is to provide support
for a vehicle. It also provides for a smoother ride absorbing any bumps or
potholes in the road.
Leaf springs are
also used to locate the axle and control the height at which the vehicle rides
and helps keep the tires aligned on the road.
Because of its benefits, leaf springs are in high demand.
Casual transportation is just one of the ways leaf springs have contributed to our
transportation industry. These days, leaf springs are more popular with heavy
commercial vehicles like trucks, SUVs, and vans.
It can be said that idea of using leaf springs to support
farm equipment inspired the invention of them. As aforementioned, leaf springs
were used in the medieval times, back when agriculture was the major industry
leader. Improvements like the leaf spring made it easier and faster for farmers
to haul and transport goods for trade. Although the design of the leaf spring
has improved over the years, the same concept is used in todays farming.
Without the use of leaf springs, construction vehicles would
not be able tote heavy loads. It is important for construction vehicles to be
able to carry heavy items like brick, stone, concrete and other massive
materials. It really doesn’t matter how large a vehicle is, if it isn’t
designed to support overbearing loads, it will not carry out its duty,
resulting in breakdowns and unnecessary costs.
In addition to transporting construction items, leaf springs
are also beneficial to areas that tend to receive high amounts of snow. Plowing
high volumes of snow can get heavy once it freezes. Having your trucks equipped
with heavy duty leaf springs will alleviate any unnecessary stress, making it
last though the winter.
Holding You Up!
has been the automotive leaf springs and
suspension authority since 1965. We specialize in providing original equipment
manufacturing (OEM) and heavy-duty leaf spring replacements. Visit our website
to find the perfect spring for your vehicle. If you cannot find one, we can
design a leaf spring just for your specific work haul. Call us toll free at
888-829-0619. Local residents can call 913-829-0619 or
to place an order.