Phoenix Coil Spring Repair
The majority of today’s modern vehicles have Coil Springs, they are generally installed on smaller vehicles like sedans and sports cars. Coil springs are available in soft or hard variations depending their use. If they are used on a larger vehicles, they will be hard, offering maximum support for the larger weight and the softer sprigs of course for lighter vehicles. Coil springs are unique because they have a helical appearance and go around the struts or shocks. Additionally they go to each wheel, forming a central compression zone. But, on some vehicles, they are mounted individually. This simple innovation comes in handy for a comforting ride.
Coil springs became prominent during the 1970s with improvements in automobile technology, but they have been for a long time, 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 fun 4 x 4 trucks). The coil springs most important function is to keep 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 under normal use with continued flexing coil springs will gradually weaken your vehicles suspension system. This will in turn cause the vehicle to sag from one side or the other. Once the sagging becomes pronounced, the entire vehicle will be affected. One thing in particular is your steering components can 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 height and driving like it should.
When should coil springs be inspected?
Most auto manufacturers 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 Perez Auto Repair of Phoenix will do this when you bring your vehicle in for it’s recommended oil service. 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. For the snow birds out there; 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 because the salt can speed up your spring corrosion.
Always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you! If you believe your vehicle’s coil springs need service or are not sure and would like to have your car inspected, contact Perez Auto Repair online via phone 602-269-3576 or stop into our facility located at 429 S. 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009.