Going For A Spin: News About Car Parts And Suppliers

Going For A Spin: News About Car Parts And Suppliers

Is the Leaf Spring Suspension on Your Truck Standing up to the Abuse?

by Gladys Bailey

If you operate a large truck on a commercial basis, you will need to try and maximise each payload so that you can be as efficient as possible. It can often be tempting to add extra goods to the vehicle to try and squeeze a little bit more out of your day, and while this may feel as if it is acceptable, it may nevertheless cause issues on the road. What problems could this generate, and how can you overcome them?

Leaf Spring Suspension

Your truck may well be fitted with a leaf spring suspension system on the rear, as this is a tried and tested solution for heavy vehicles like this. It's designed to put up with a great deal of abuse, but those springs will be rated to carry a certain load and no more.

Regular Maintenance

If you live in a part of the country that is known for its winter weather, then you should pay particular attention to those leaf springs during a regular service. You need to remove any corrosive salt or other materials used by road maintenance crews and watch out for impact damage as well.

Close Inspection

However, you will also need to inspect the springs to see if they are still standing up to the abuse. If you are in the habit of overloading, then don't be surprised if you find that one or more of the springs has radial shear. You may also find that the spring eyes at each end have distorted with time and they will not be able to perform as they should.


Much will depend on the actual condition, of course, but if they are not too badly damaged, then you may be able to improve their efficiency by adding a set of helper springs or another leaf to the pack. This will give you a stiffer ride and make it easier for you to haul heavier loads, but remember that you must always keep within the maximum GVWR for the vehicle.

Best Approach

If your springs are showing major signs of fatigue or have begun to sag, then you will need to replace them completely. Don't be tempted to add helper springs or a new leaf to the pack as a 'patch up', as this could be dangerous and will inevitably be a false economy. Instead, a supplier of products like Fuso truck parts and an engineer so that you can get a brand-new assembly for the vehicle.


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Going For A Spin: News About Car Parts And Suppliers

Hi all! I'm Gary and I run a non-profit which teaches defensive driving skills. Of course, most of my students are in their teens, but I did have one gentleman who had received his license at sixty-two! We use an old speedway track to teach drivers what to do when obstacles are on the road and generally how to react in emergencies. I love what I do! Many companies see the benefit of this program and donate generously. My biggest expense by far is maintaining and repairing the cars we use in training. Not all students gain skills quickly! Even though I'm a driving instructor and not a mechanic, I now know an awful lot about car parts and where to find them. My students are often quite impressed by my broad knowledge base, so I thought I would share it with the world. Thank you and stay safe.