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What do coil springs do on a car?

Coil springs make sure that your car’s wheels are in enough contact with the road surface to provide control as well as absorbing vibrations and bumps on the road, delivering a smoother ride for you and your passengers. Your vehicle has four coil springs - one for each wheel. They are designed to absorb the impact of driving over rough terrain, and also help keep your vehicle at the correct height.

An integral part of a car's suspension, coil springs have been designed to absorb shock. As you travel, your vehicle will come across plenty of bumps in the road - and it's a coil spring's job to make sure you hardly feel the effects. Over time, coil springs can lose their elasticity. This happens with general wear and tear, and for the most comfortable ride possible it's best to replace them.

Coil springs replacement average costs

The average cost of coil springs can vary depending on your car due to differences in labour time and parts needed for your make and model. On average a coil spring repair costs around £218.47 based on WhoCanFixMyCar data.

A rear coil replacement can cost on average around £212.97 versus £288.58 for a front coil spring replacement.

Car make**Average costsFront coil springs
Alfa Romeo£225.98
Land Rover£321.08

Which coil springs repair service do you need?

Front coil springs replacement

It is usually advisable to replace coil springs in pairs. Over time coil springs weaken, so if you replace only one spring, the left and right springs will respond differently to the road.

Rear coil springs replacement

Like front springs, change both back coil springs if one needs replacing, to ensure a smoother ride.

I don’t know

Unsure of whether your coil springs need a repair? Book your car for a diagnostic and the mechanic will be able to tell you whether the coil springs of your car are damaged and what needs to be repaired to get the car working optimally again.

  • Coil springs

    The average cost of coil spring fitting booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £218.47. Coil springs are needed to support the weight of your car on the road and avoid any damage when going over bumps. You can buy coil springs and have a professional fit them at a local garage.

    Can include
    • Parts sourcing
    • Coil spring fitting
    • Coil spring replacement
  • Car diagnostic test

    The average cost of a car diagnostic booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £51.66.

    Car diagnostics testing involves plugging your vehicle into special software that can reveal issues with its engine, electrical system, transmission, braking, exhaust system, and more. A specialist will run tests on your vehicle to expose the cause of any problems you're having with your car.

    Can include
    • Full diagnostic testing
    • Recommended repairs
  • Mobile mechanic

    The average cost of a mobile mechanic booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £81.64.

    A mobile mechanic will visit you at your home or workplace and can carry out a wide range of different repairs. If the repair is more complex, the mechanic will collect your car, take it to a garage to be repaired, and drop it off when it's finished. The exact cost of a mobile mechanic will depend on the repair you need.

    Can include
    • Home visit
    • Servicing
    • Tyre change
    • Oil change
    • Recommended repairs

Top warning signs that your coil springs need a repair

  • Unusual tyre tread wearing

  • Vehicle sagging on one side

  • Unusual noises

  • Harsh vehicle bounce

  • Vehicle sways abruptly

Common coil springs problems

Coil springs are wrapped in a flexible plastic coat to help shield the metal from corrosion. Still, over time, with continuous compression and being hit by stones from the road can lead to the coating can get damaged, letting rust to form on the coil. Once this happens, the coil can weaken and potentially break which means it needs replacing with a new one.

What impacts the cost of coil spring repairs?

Some of the things that will impact the cost of coil springs repairs include:

  • The make and model of your car, because this affects vehicle weight.

  • Whether the coil spring replacement parts are OEM or aftermarket.

  • Labour costs will differ depending on how long the job takes and where you're located.

Are coil springs repairs necessary?

Yes, coil spring repairs are necessary if you are experiencing any tell-tale warning that they are on their way out or they have broken. If one of your coil springs breaks, your vehicle will sag at an angle, lowering on the corner where the broken coil is present. A broken coil spring will result in uneven tyre wear on one side.

It is not advisable to drive with a broken coil spring, because the ride will be extremely rough, and control of the car will be difficult. The broken coil can put extra pressure on shock absorbers and thus create even more costly damage to the car.

Find coil springs repair and replacement specialists near you

If you have identified that your coil springs are indeed faulty, the next step is to find a trustworthy garage or specialist to carry out the repair or replacement. WhoCanFixMyCar’s large network of garages and mobile mechanics is complete with trusted coil spring replacement and repair specialists.

Learn more about suspension

What is a coil spring in a car?

The main purpose of coil springs is to ensure the wheels are in good contact with the road surface whilst providing absorption from uneven surfaces. Coil springs are sometimes also referred to as road springs or even suspension springs.

What does a typical coil spring repair involve?

The general job entails the following steps:

  • Mechanic to inspect your car to see if the coil springs are affected. They also take a closer look at the suspension system.

  • The mechanic will replace the front or rear coil springs in pairs.

  • If other car parts were affected due to broken coil springs, the mechanic will notify you of the repair and costs involved

  • Once everything has been repaired or replaced, the mechanic will inspect the suspension once more before test driving the car.

How long does a coil spring replacement take?

A front coil springs replacement takes between 2-3 hours. A rear coil springs replacement takes between 1 and 2 hours.

Should coil springs be replaced in pairs?

Yes, suspension springs should always be replaced in axle pairs. It is dangerous to replace just the single spring as one side will have a weaker spring than the other side (the new side).

If you replace coil springs at different times the old and new coil spring will create an imbalance on the road. That will most likely lead to an uncomfortable ride, but also uneven wear and tear of parts.

Can I continue driving with broken coil springs?

No, you should not drive with a broken coil spring. You should get it fixed as soon as possible.

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