Take a look at this broken spring we recently replaced for a customer.
This spring was well and truly broken! You can see by the picture above that the broken bits are way off where they’re supposed to be!
The spring is the part of the suspension system of your car. There is a spring on each wheel which means that when you go over a bump in your car that the ride is smoother. If the spring breaks you’ll hear a rattling banging sound when you go over bumps and rough roads, plus the ride will feel much more uncomfortable.
Replacing a spring is a fairly time-consuming job and is different depending on the car and types suspension system. In this case, we first have to remove the wheel and then the shock absorber. Getting the shock absorber off involves decompressing the spring to remove the top baring. Once this is removed it’s onto the new spring.
To put it back on you have to compress the new spring in order to fit the shock absorber back into it. Once the top baring has been refitted the whole thing can be put back onto the car.
At this time of year, it’s important to get this sort of thing fixed as soon as possible. Driving with a broken spring on snowy, icy or very wet roads can be dangerous as your braking efficiency can be reduced. That is the last thing you want on a slippery road.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think that your spring might have broken!