Leaf Spring Replacement Cost

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Leaf Spring Replacement
The average cost for a leaf spring replacement is between $874 and $928. Labor costs are estimated between $147 and $186 while parts are priced between $727 and $742. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.
Leaf Spring Replacement

What is a rear leaf spring?

Leaf springs allow the vehicle to absorb bumps, and keep the passenger comfortable up to a certain weight rating. Leaf springs hold the weight of the vehicle, and payload, and allow the wheels to travel vertically when the wheels encounter an obstacle.

How does the rear leaf spring work?

The ends of a leaf spring are located underneath a spring perch, which is a fancy name for a very strong spot for the spring to hold the vehicle's weight. The lower spring is rests on top of the rear axle, which contains an assembly that holds the wheels. Since the vehicle is on the springs, and the axle is under the spring, the spring is able to reduce the amount of discomfort to passengers when the vehicle hits debris or road imperfections. Since this system is used mostly on heavy duty trucks, the leaf springs for larger vehicles may be a stack of several leaf springs bolted together.

What are the symptoms related to a bad rear leaf spring?

It is very evident if a spring breaks or wears out. Aside from one or more corners of the vehicle sagging lower than the rest, the handling characteristics of the vehicle will be completely wrong. The vehicle may even feel as though it teeters going down the road, or it may become extremely bouncy. When turning, the vehicle may roll very excessively, and drive wheels with bad springs will likely have traction issues at random. Rattling, extremely uncomfortable ride, and excessive tire wear may also signal that a spring needs replacement. The leaf spring or shackles and U-bolts may show excessive wear, contact patterns, cracks, or may even be missing.

Can I drive with a rear leaf spring problem?

A vehicle with broken or cracked leaf springs can be driven, but the ride quality will be diminished, and, more importantly, the vehicle's handling will be compromised. A car's ability to remain level while turning, with traction spread between all four wheels, is dependent on springs distributing weight. As the condition of the springs and shocks worsens, the ability of the suspension to perform properly, especially in an emergency situation, also worsens. Loss of control and vehicle rollover may be the result of severely cracked, or broken leaf springs. If a spring is broken (rather than cracked), the vehicle should not be driven until the spring is replaced.

How often do rear leaf springs need to be replaced?

Leaf springs fail slightly more often than coil springs, which hardly ever fail. Most vehicles will never have their springs replaced, and of the vehicles that do, customization , rather than failure, is the reasoning. When springs do fail, a collision or severe suspension damage is to blame, or the weight limit of the vehicle has been exceeded. Overloading the suspension is very common, and will result in cracks, and warped springs. Lastly, when leaf springs sustain damage due to overloading, the vehicle's axle will probably sustain damage as well.

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