Long Beach Coil Spring Repair
The majority of today’s modern vehicles have Coil springs, generally installed on smaller vehicles like sedans and sports cars. Coil springs are available in soft or hard variations depending their use. For example, if they are used on a large vehicle, the coil spring will be hard, offering maximum support for the excessive weight and the softer sprigs for lighter vehicles. Coil springs have a helical appearance and go around the struts or shocks. Additionally they go to each wheel, forming a central compression zone. Although, on some vehicles, they are mounted individually. This simple innovation comes in handy for a smooth ride.
Coil springs became prominent during the ’70s with improvements in automobile technology, but they have been around since the early 1900s. Today’s coil springs have many applications due to their versatility. You find them on everything from standard sedans to sports cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks (including those massive off-road trucks). The coil springs main function is to support the vehicle at a desired height, also to maintain alignment and to help absorb road shock transmitted through the tires and shock absorbers.
In time with endless flexing during normal use coil springs will gradually weaken your vehicles suspension system, which in turn will cause the vehicle to sag from one side or the other. Once this sag becomes pronounced, your entire vehicle can be affected. One in particular is your steering components shift out of position, resulting in altering the steering linkage geometry. But the good news is, what’s been lost from a worn out coil spring can be quickly repaired with the installation of new coil springs. This will get your vehicle back to it’s original factory height and driving like it should.
How often should you have to get coil springs inspected?
Most auto manufacturers will recommend getting your vehicle’s coil springs inspected at regular intervals along with your entire suspension system that can include struts, shocks, sway bar links, bushings and more. Most reputable auto repair shops like Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach will do this when you bring your vehicle in for it’s recommended oil change. With a quick visual inspection they can detect any sag problems from front to rear or from side to side. Upon a visual inspection under your vehicle, we will also look for the two ends of the control arms that can be out of level, damaged or worn rubber bumpers and of course worn spring coils. All these elements can indicate weak coil springs. If you also live or often drive your vehicle in a colder climate where roads are often salted in winter weather, you should consider having your steering and suspension system checked more often due o the fact that salt can cause speed up your spring corrosion.