The importance of springs
All suspension components are considered part of the safety equipment of a vehicle. Helicoidal springs guarantee the height of a vehicle and absorb impacts produced by potholes and road irregularities.
If the springs are not in good condition, the whole weight is supported by shock absorbers and the rest of the suspensions pieces.
Balance and stability of the car when swaying and braking depends on proper functioning of the whole spring/shock absorber combination. Replacing your springs for every two times you replace your shock/struts guarantees safety and optimum performance of all the suspension components.
Springs fatigue symptoms
- > Vehicle low or dropped forward, backward or laterally.
- > Excessive wear in shock absorbers, bearings, direction extremes and bushings.
- > Uneven wear of the tires.
- > Rust appearance in the spring surface.
- > Wearing of the suspension rubber stops.
- > Spirals show crashing signals.
- > Variation in the distance between the edge of the mudguard and the center of the wheel.
Advantages of a timely springs change
- > Replacing at the right moment is the best way to avoid accidents and guarantee user’s full satisfaction.
- > Springs in good condition will make shock absorbers work better, maintaining tire adherence to the ground resulting a better driving control.
- > Less wear and tear on tires and suspension, alignment lasting longer. It is advisable to replace springs every two changes of the shock absorbers, although this period may vary according to the vehicle conditions of use.
- > It is important that springs replacement is done in pairs, in order not to cause imbalances.
- > When replacing springs, alignment of the vehicle is highly recommended.
Tell if a spring is in bad condition
Below are some examples:
- > Premature wearing of shock absorbers, bushings, racks, bearings, etc.
- > Difficulties or impossibility to align.
- > High chances of losing control of the vehicle, and imminent accident hazard.