Coil Spring Replacement Cost in 2023​

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National average cost of a a Coil Spring Replacement
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What is a coil spring and how does it work?

A coil spring is a component of a vehicle’s suspension system that serves to “suspend” the weight of the vehicle over its wheels and tires. Springs allow your vehicle to absorb bumps in the road. They make for a more comfortable ride experience. But more than that, they make sure that your tires keep in contact with the ground, even when you drive over uneven terrain or when the weight of your vehicle shifts as you round a corner. Each coil spring is partnered with a shock absorber that dampens the movement of the spring, preventing your vehicle from bouncing. Many modern vehicles have replaced coil springs and shocks with “strut assemblies” that combine the coil spring and shock into a single suspension component.


What are the signs that a coil spring needs to be replaced?

Coil springs are what suspend your vehicle over the wheels and tires. They rarely break, but they do wear out over time. If a coil spring does break, your vehicle might sag at the corner where the break occurred. You might hear a clunking or rattling sound when you drive. When coil springs wear out, they often wear out in pairs and exhibit other signs, including:

Sagging at more than one corner of the vehicle

A soft, bouncy, or unsteady ride

Excessive rolling during turns or lane changes

Problems with traction

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How is a a Coil Spring Replacement done?

To replace a coil spring on a vehicle without struts, a mechanic will first need to safely lift and support your vehicle off of the ground to take weight off of the spring. Next, the wheel and tire are removed. The rest of the service will depend on the vehicle make and model (and the location of the spring) but will generally consist of the following steps:

  • Detach and suspend the brake caliper
  • Disconnect the tie rod end and sway bar link
  • Remove the shock absorber
  • Compress the spring with a spring compressor
  • Separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle
  • Drop the lower control arm out of the way
  • Release pressure on the spring and remove it from the vehicle
  • Compress the new spring and insert into its mounting location
  • Reposition the lower control arm and connect the ball joint
  • Remove the spring compressor
  • Reinstall the shock absorber, tie rod, sway bar link, and brake caliper
  • Reinstall the wheel and tire and lower vehicle to the ground

Other questions customers ask

Can I drive with a broken coil spring?
It is not recommended that you drive with a broken coil spring. A broken spring can cause an unsteady and uncomfortable ride. But more than that, your vehicle can become difficult to control in an emergency. You may notice that a spring is broken if your vehicle sags to one corner or makes a clunking sound when going over bumps or around corners. You might see uneven tire wear as well. Sometimes, you might not notice at all, but a technician spots a broken spring during an inspection or other service.
Is it easy to replace a coil spring?
Replacing a coil spring can be a complex process since many other components need to be removed for access. Even the job of safely lifting and supporting your vehicle off of the ground is something that should be done only by someone who is trained and qualified. But there can be much more to the service than that. Removal of the brake caliper, tie rod end, sway bar link, ball joint, shock absorber, and more may all be necessary.
What causes a coil spring to break?
Coil springs rarely break. If a spring breaks, it is usually caused by corrosion from ice, snow, salt, and chloride, or by a collision that impacts the suspension. Or both. A large pothole might also break a coil spring.

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