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Leaf spring repair and replacement near me

Leaf Spring Repair and Replacement Near Me

Leaf springs (rear springs) are a key part of your suspension as they help to support your vehicle and absorb the impact of bumps and potholes in the road. Generally leaf springs are now used more in heavy commercial vehicles like vans and trucks as they are much sturdier than the average coil spring. They help to spread the weight of extra goods over the vehicle frame and ensure a comfortable drive for you. 

To keep leaf springs in good condition you should ensure that they stay lubricated between the leaf layers with grease or oil, this is something that should be checked on your annual service.

How do I know my leaf spring needs replacing?

On average leaf springs should last around 200,000 miles on any standard truck or van, however, this will depend on how much or how little weight you are normally carrying. For instance if you are carrying or towing heavier goods the springs may not last as long. If your leaf springs do snap you simply will not be able to drive your car, so to ensure this doesn’t happen to you pay attention to these warnings signs: 

  • Excessive bouncing rolling or leaning
  • Your vehicle sagging when parked
  • Suspension bottoming out when going over rough terrain
  • Your vehicle jolting or vibrating
  • Cracks on the leaves
  • Your vehicle struggling when towing loads

If you notice any of the above it is important that you get your vehicle’s leaf springs checked as soon as possible. To book in a suspension check or service with a trusted mechanic head over to our online booking system to find your nearest garage.

Can a leaf spring be repaired?

Leaf springs can be repaired depending on the problem with your spring. Often leaf springs will lose their arch or carrying capacity after a lot of miles or heavy use; this can be fixed quite easily by re-arching the springs. Depending on the wear and tear of the spring a mechanic may also add an additional leaf to the spring to restore the suspension back to its original strength. Broken spring leaves is another common problem with leaf springs; these can be repaired by taking out the broken leaf and replacing it. However, if your leaf springs snap these will have to be replaced.

How much does it cost to replace a leaf spring?

On average a leaf spring will cost between £40 and £350, this will vary depending on your vehicle make and model, and if you have a heavier van or truck as stated previously a mechanic may recommend installing more leaves to spread the weight more evenly and help with the wear and tear. High quality leaf spring replacements usually are quite a simple job for a qualified garage and can take just a few hours to do, however depending on the extent of the damage this could take longer. Go to our online booking system to get an accurate quote tailored to your vehicle from your nearest garage.

How to replace leaf springs?

To replace leaf springs you have to raise the vehicle up with a floor jack. If the bolts holding the springs in place are rusted it can prove a hard job to do. It may seem tempting to try and do it yourself, however, ideally leaf springs should always be replaced by an experienced mechanic. By inserting your registration number in our database, you can quickly find your nearest garage, compare prices and book your leaf spring replacement at a time that suits you.

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