Suspension spring replacement
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Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka Suspension spring replacement
Do your Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka suspension springs need replacing?
The suspension system in your Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka is the main system that provides control and a comfortable ride as you drive, and the springs are a key component of the suspension.
Most modern cars use coil springs at the front and rear along with struts or shocks, while trucks and SUVs may use coils in the front suspension and leaf springs in the rear suspension.
A spring is used to allow for suspension travel whenever you drive while the shock or strut works alongside it to dampen the bounce it produces.
Suspension springs, both coil and leaf springs, are made out of high-carbon steel. Coil springs are essentially heated steel bars that are curved into a cylindrical shape and cooled for a strong spring.
Leaf springs are much the same, except in flat bars and stacked together for increased rigidity. Exceeding the load capacity of the spring can cause it to sag or break and require replacement.
Every time your Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka goes over a bump or dip in the road and even as you drive normally, the suspension springs compress and rebound constantly.
Eventually, a spring may no longer be able to support the same gruelling abuse and it breaks or won’t rebound like it should and needs to be replaced.
However, some cars will continue to use the same set of suspension springs throughout its life. Cars that travel on rough roads more frequently can expect spring replacement more often.
Some signs of failing springs are when a corner of your Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka sits lower than the others, the Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka bounces oddly when going over bumps, excessive sway on cornering or knocking noise from the suspension.
Worn suspension bushes or weak shocks and struts can mimic the symptoms of a bad spring, so proper diagnosis is critical.
Driving your Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka with bad springs is dangerous as you can’t predict how your Lada Riva/Nova/Kalinka will handle when you drive over uneven surfaces and that puts you, your family and others in danger.
Over time suspension springs can wear out or break, especially in harsh road conditions and for off-road vehicles and they will need to be replaced. If that’s true for you, consult AutoGuru!