Are there any symptoms of a broken coil spring?

broken coil springA broken coil spring is a big safety concern.

Most cars have four coil springs, one to support corner of the vehicle’s frame. In most cars, coil springs are installed within struts. They don’t require maintenance but they can break and need to be replaced.

What happens when a coil spring breaks?

When a coil spring breaks, it can create a host of problems. Not only is your suspension not working properly, which can damage peripheral parts of the body, but sharp fragments can puncture a tire or jam another part of your engine. Pieces of the spring can also fall on the road and cause danger to other drivers and pedestrians.

Are there any symptoms of a broken coil spring?

In some cases, you’ll hear a strange metal rattle as the broken piece jostles around, especially when driving over bumps and potholes. Your car’s height might also suddenly appear lower on one side, as if it’s slanted when you’re looking at it straight on.

Most of the time, however, there are no obvious symptoms of a broken coil spring. Your mechanic will simply notice it during a regular service while the vehicle is lifted on the hoist in a shop. This is typically the only time one can get good look at the suspension.

At V&F

A broken coil spring must be replaced as soon as possible. At V&F, all of our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3 year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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