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Want to learn more about Coil Spring replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What do coil springs do?

The main purpose of coil springs is to ensure the wheels are in good contact with the road surface whilst providing absorption from uneven surfaces.

Coil springs are often also known as road springs or even suspension springs.

What does a coil spring replacement involve?

Whilst there are difference between vehicles, there are some basic processes across most;

  • The mechanic will raise the vehicle and inspect the suspension system and coil springs in detail.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the front or rear pair of coil springs.
  • The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced.
  • The mechanic will check the suspension again and test drive the car.

Can I do a coil springs replacement myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a coil springs replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a faulty coil spring?

Usually, you can notice something is amiss with a coil spring as some of the conditions are quite noticeable such as;

  • The vehicle is noticeably lower on one side
  • There is uneven steering, or even veering off to one side
  • There are rattles and knocks when going over uneven road surfaces.

However, there are occasions where a coil spring has broken right at the bottom and it’s therefore not always that obvious. It has also been known for the coil springs on both sides to break within a short time of each other, especially if the vehicle has been parked up for some time, so the obvious leaning to one side isn’t quite so evident.

How long does it take to replace coil springs?

A front coil springs replacement on average takes around 2 hour, but can take anywhere from just over 1 hour to 3 hours. A rear coil springs replacement takes on average 1 hour, but can take up to around 1.5 hours. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace my coil springs (or suspension springs)?

As soon as you are aware that a coil spring has broken, it must be replaced - and BOTH sides will need to be done at the same time.

As coil springs get older, their strength decreases and therefore the function of both absorbing the uneven surfaces and keeping the wheels in contact with the road surface is reduced. Whilst this factor isn’t of major significance when both springs are of the same age (as they will be even on both sides, if you only fit a new spring on one side it will unbalance the vehicle. This will result in significantly upsetting the handling and road holding, and can cause a major issue under braking resulting in the car veering to one side.

How common is a coil spring replacement?

With worsening road conditions and heavier vehicles, coil springs are subjected to more strain now than they were 20 years ago. Therefore coil spring replacements are a regular occurrence these days.

How can I extend the life of my coil springs?

Whilst there isn’t much you can do on a day to day basis about rough road surfaces, pot holes etc, taking care over traffic calming measures and avoiding anything that will give the car a jolt will improve the lifetime of a coil spring.

Vehicles do not like being left stationary for a long period of time. This is very much the case for coil springs, which tend to break more frequently when left!

Can you drive with a broken coil spring (or suspension spring)?

No, driving with a broken coil spring is dangerous and could lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. If you experience any untoward characteristics in the handling of your vehicle, or if you suspect there is any issue with the coil spring or there are concerns about its age or condition, book a diagnostic inspection immediately and do not drive the vehicle.

Should suspension springs be replaced in pairs?

Yes, suspension springs should always be replaced in axle pairs. It is dangerous to replace just the single spring as one side will have a weaker spring than the other side (the new side). This can lead to an imbalance under braking making the car swerve to one side and will impact overall handling of the car which means you could lose control over the vehicle.

Can you replace just one coil spring?

No, under no circumstances should you just replace a single spring across the axle, both sides (the axle pair) will need replacing at the same time. As springs age, their strength reduces, so if you only change one side, the result will be that the force in which the wheel on the side with the new spring, will be forced onto the road with more pressure than the other side with the weaker spring. Under braking, especially in the wet, this can result in the car swerving to one side or even spinning. It will also have a detrimental effect on the handling and general road holding of the vehicle for the same reasons.

How long do coil springs last?

There is usually no set replacement interval for coil springs, however they do deteriorate over time and can snap. How long the coil springs last will depend on a number of factors like the quality of the part and how the vehicle is used.

Is a broken coil spring an MOT failure?

Yes, a broken coil spring is an MOT failure. Coil springs are safety-critical to the car and hence are checked during an MOT. If the coil spring is broken on the car it is very likely the vehicle won't be able to move in the first place, or will only move with difficulty. It is highly recommended that the car should not be driven as it poses a safety risk on the road and can cause further damage to your vehicle. Make sure to get a professional mechanic check the issue, and get it resolved before taking the vehicle for an MOT.

Is it safe to drive with a broken rear coil spring?

No, it is not safe to drive with a broken rear coil spring. It can lead to unpredictable handling, and could cause loss of control of the vehicle.

Is coil spring checked during an MOT test?

Yes, coil springs are thoroughly checked by the MOT inspector as it is critical for the overall safety of the vehicle. The MOT tester will examine to see if the coil springs are free from any damage or corrosion, correctly mounted and free from cracks and fractures.

What causes coil springs to snap or break?

Coil springs break when they are overloaded beyond their capacity. This can happen when a vehicle hits a large pothole or bump, or when the spring is corroded or has cracks.

During colder temperatures, coil spring can suffer accelerated rusting due to the exposure to moisture, lower temperature and road salt.

When should I replace coil springs?

Coil springs can last anywhere from 50,000 miles to the entire lifetime of the vehicle, however, this number can vary depending on driving habits and external factors such as climate and road conditions. It is important that coil springs are replaced immediately if found to be corroded or damaged.

What happens if I don't replace the coil spring?

The coil spring is responsible for absorbing the impact of bumps and potholes in the road. Without it, your car will feel even the smallest bump and pothole, which can lead to a jarring ride. It can also cause expensive damage to other components of the suspension system.

If you continue to drive with a broken coil spring, the vehicle's handling and stability will suffer and the overall safety of the vehicle and its passengers will be compromised.

How much does it cost to replace car springs?

Cost for a front coil springs (pair) replacement is on average £248, with pricing ranging from around £175 to £400. A rear coil springs (pair) replacement cost varies from £125 to £285, with an average of £175. Springs are normally replaced in pairs, and cost depends on your location, car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your coil springs replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a coil spring replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Front road spring, Front road spring, Rear road spring and/or Rear road spring. We have coil spring replacement prices for 50 different manufacturers.

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Alfa Romeo

£230 £227 - £400 Get exact price

Audi

£251 £265 - £413 Get exact price

Austin

£228 £343 - £343 Get exact price

Bentley

£410 £507 - £507 Get exact price

BMW

£290 £298 - £539 Get exact price

Cadillac

£200 £279 - £279 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£188 £198 - £321 Get exact price

Chrysler

£244 £233 - £446 Get exact price

Citroen

£193 £225 - £374 Get exact price

Dacia

£219 £247 - £316 Get exact price

Daewoo

£246 £325 - £399 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£188 £238 - £263 Get exact price

Dodge

£303 £395 - £436 Get exact price

DS

£257 £290 - £292 Get exact price

Fiat

£189 £191 - £309 Get exact price

Ford

£175 £176 - £315 Get exact price

Honda

£276 £281 - £477 Get exact price

Hyundai

£198 £215 - £330 Get exact price

Isuzu

£452 £480 - £665 Get exact price

Iveco

£602 £813 - £836 Get exact price

Jaguar

£230 £276 - £368 Get exact price

Jeep

£327 £248 - £450 Get exact price

Kia

£203 £221 - £341 Get exact price

Land Rover

£302 £252 - £531 Get exact price

LDV

£218 £296 - £296 Get exact price

Lexus

£334 £348 - £480 Get exact price

Maserati

£264 £314 - £314 Get exact price

Mazda

£225 £217 - £353 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£254 £264 - £440 Get exact price

MG

£198 £212 - £338 Get exact price

MINI

£235 £260 - £347 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£269 £249 - £479 Get exact price

Nissan

£228 £227 - £390 Get exact price

Peugeot

£202 £235 - £364 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£264 £428 - £428 Get exact price

Porsche

£532 £461 - £902 Get exact price

Proton

£220 £286 - £286 Get exact price

Renault

£180 £197 - £309 Get exact price

Rover

£223 £294 - £346 Get exact price

Saab

£196 £236 - £282 Get exact price

SEAT

£196 £232 - £335 Get exact price

Skoda

£214 £205 - £363 Get exact price

Smart

£192 £197 - £368 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£252 £329 - £352 Get exact price

Subaru

£345 £369 - £510 Get exact price

Suzuki

£215 £241 - £354 Get exact price

Toyota

£269 £270 - £476 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£184 £194 - £298 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£215 £234 - £350 Get exact price

Volvo

£254 £271 - £405 Get exact price

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  • Asia
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  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Daimler
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Aston Martin
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a coil spring replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Coil Spring replacement quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£292.92

Coil spring (road spring) replacement - front (both)

Audi A4
Gloucester
£200.24

Coil spring (road spring) replacement - rear (both)

Fiat Grande Punto
Telford
£175.28

Coil spring (road spring) replacement - front (both)

Vauxhall Corsa
Batley
£319.93

Coil spring (road spring) replacement - front (both)

Honda Civic
Epsom

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