Autumn garage checks

Coil springs from GKN

Published:  30 October, 2013

Coil springs play a vital role in ensuring good road-holding and stable handling so keep your customers safe by checking their suspension system before winter sets in, advises parts supplier GKN. Worn or broken springs can affect braking and tracking so it's important to regularly check for cracks, rust and also wear and tear caused by the springs. The presence of rust should send alarm bells ringing - a rusty spring can break at any time and the likelihood increases as temperatures drop as steel becomes more brittle. Rust and damage generally occurs on the lower coils as stones, dirt and salty water are thrown up from the road. GKN recommends that springs are replaced on both sides as the second spring will also have suffered similar damage. New coil springs can be installed when the shocks are changed - GKN gives a ten-year guarantee on its Spidan coil springs when they are exchanged in pairs. A full range of mini-block, cylindrical and lateral force springs are available, in addition to complete pre-mounted strut kits to save time.

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