Does My Car Need New Springs?

Does my car need new springs?

There are a couple of  signs that can tell you that you need new springs. The most obvious one to check is if the car is sagging to one side. If this is the case, one of the springs will have become weaker and cannot carry the weight of the car any longer. When driving over bumps in the road you will find that a bad spring will not be able to reduce the impact as well as before.

A weak spring can also cause issues with the handling of the car, as the springs ensures the tyres can retain the best possible contact with the road surface. If a spring is too weak the car may lose traction when going through a corner or when you brake. The result of this is that it will be much harder to handle the car. It can potentially mean that you will lose control over the car.

Keep in mind that if a weak spring is not addressed quickly it may eventually snap. If a spring has snapped on your car you will normally find that the ride height has collapsed. The body of the car will then rest on top of the wheel and you will not be able to drive the car. If you experience the collapse of a spring when driving then it is advisable to stop immediately.

How To Tell If You Need A New Spring Or A Shock Absorber

Sometimes, it may not be entirely clear whether you really need new springs. It’s easy to confuse the symptoms of a bad shock absorber with that of a weak spring. If your car is bouncing a lot after going over a bump it’s easy to think that it’s a bad spring. Often it’s actually the shock absorber that’s the culprit.

The role of the shock absorber is to stabilise the springs after they’ve done their job of reducing the impact of a bump. If the shock absorber is weak it simply won’t be able to stabilise the spring. The result is your car will feel unstable and bounce along the road.
On the whole it is important to make sure your springs are in good shape, and replace them if needed. That way you can ensure you stay safe and comfortable. On top of that wear to other parts like the shock absorbers can be prevented as well.

About Kurt Schleier

Resident classic car enthusiast and blogger at Clickmechanic.

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