How to Check Your Vehicle's Springs for Damage | Beck's Auto Center

How to Check Your Vehicle’s Springs for Damage

Coil springs are essential parts of your vehicle’s suspension system, so it’s important to check them regularly to make sure they’re in good shape.

While doing so, take note of the general condition of your vehicle’s suspension system, too—if there are any other problems you spot, schedule an appointment with a local auto repair shop, like Beck’s Auto Center in Lafayette, Indiana, to have them checked out and repaired before they become major safety hazards or even cause accidents on the road.

Without further ado, here’s how to check your vehicle’s springs for damage and what you should look out for along the way.

Step 1: Get Access to the Suspension

if you are unfamiliar with car jacks always contact an auto repair shop for help

The first step in checking your vehicle’s springs is gaining access to them. Most auto repair shops will be able to give you advice on how best to do that, but if you’re handy and don’t mind working on your car yourself, you can pull out a jack and some stands.

Jack up one end of your vehicle at a time (you may want someone there to help) and put it on stands; jacking it from under both corners is a good idea.

Step 2: Locate the Components

Although you may know what springs your vehicle uses, if you’re unsure of where they are located on your vehicle, consult your local, trusted auto repair shop. These locations vary depending on your car’s make and model. However, most cars use coil springs in front and leaf springs in back. If you can find these components without assistance from an auto mechanic, skip ahead to Step 3. If not, Beck’s will walk you through locating these components.

Auto Springs Location Tip #1: Coil Springs

Coil springs are located in the front of your car between each wheel and around each axle. They connect to both wheels via shock absorbers that absorb bumps along the road as well as braking forces when slowing down or stopping.

Auto Springs Location Tip #2: Leaf Springs

Leaf springs usually rest underneath each end of your vehicle, extending all along its length. The tops of leaf springs attach to each side of your vehicle frame while their bottoms attach to either rear wheel using a differential. 

Step 3: Look out for Rust, Cracks, and Corrosion

always replace your coil springs when rusty before they cause damage to your car

Look out for rust, cracks, and corrosion in your springs!

For example, if you spot discoloration or small holes on your leaf springs—one of many parts that make up a vehicle’s suspension system—it may be time to replace them. Holes typically indicate an issue with rust, while small cracks may only lead to further decay of your springs. If you find any damage like these on your vehicle’s suspension components, bring it in to a trusted auto repair service right away.

Step 4: Examine Load Limit Information

Look at load limit information on vehicle springs. This number tells you how much weight a particular spring is designed to support. Look it up in your owner’s manual or consult a mechanic who specializes in automotive repair if you are not sure how to interpret it. Too much weight on your springs could cause them to need to be replaced earlier than normal.

Step 5: Look Out For Uneven Suspension

Check your vehicle’s suspension by jacking up one wheel and looking underneath. The suspension should be even across all four wheels. If you see an uneven suspension (i.e., low tire on one side of a truck, or one wheel of a car is lower than another), it could mean that your springs are damaged and in need of replacement. Measure with a ruler if needed. 

Visit Beck’s Auto Center

Ignoring problems with your vehicle’s springs could lead to misalignment in your vehicle, which welcomes a slew of problems like uneven tire wear, further suspension issues, and less control of your vehicle.
For help checking or repairing your vehicle’s springs, call Beck’s Auto Center at (765) 447-9459. With 50 years of experience in the automotive industry, Beck’s can solve your spring coil woes!

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