8 Warning Signs Your Coil Springs Need to Be Replaced

Coil springs are an integral part of a vehicle’s suspension system. They provide support and absorb bumps and uneven pavement in the road. When coil springs start to fail, it will lead to several drivability issues that affect your car’s performance and safety. Here are 8 key warning signs that your coil springs may need to be replaced:

1. Sagging or Uneven Ride Height

If your car appears to be riding lower than normal or the ride height is uneven, it is a key indicator that one or more coil springs are worn out or broken.

2. Leaning to One Side

If your vehicle leans to one side, it is an indicator that a coil spring on the sagging side is damaged or broken.

3. Excessive Bouncing or Vehicle Bottoming Out

If your car continues to bounce excessively or frequently bottoms out after going over a bump, it indicates the coil springs are no longer providing proper support and damping capabilities.

4. Increased Stopping Distance

Old worn-out coil springs will affect brake performance, which can lead to longer stopping distances.

5. Poor Handling

Difficulty in controlling a vehicle when cornering or driving over uneven surfaces are strong indicators the coil springs are worn and no longer functioning properly.

6. Suspension Noise

Continuous squeaks, creaks, or clunking noises from the suspension, especially when going over bumps or turning, indicates the coil springs are worn out.

7. Visible Damage

A simple routine physical inspection can reveal cracks, breaks, and/or rusted coil springs, which are key indicators that they should be replaced.

8. Uneven Tire Wear

Unusual or uneven tire wear is usually caused by suspension problems, including worn-out coil springs that will lead to misalignment issues.

Conclusion/Take Away

If you suspect that your coil springs are worn and are affecting the ride quality of your vehicle, it is recommended to have them inspected and replaced, if necessary, by an ASE certified technician. They will be able to assess the condition of the springs and determine the appropriate course of action to restore your vehicle’s ride quality and ensure optimal suspension performance.

Often the best solution is to fix the cause, not just the symptom by replacing worn struts with FCS new complete strut assemblies. This will help to restore your vehicle’s ride height and performance back to OE specifications.