Can I drive to the garage with a broken coil spring?

Can I drive to the garage with a broken coil spring?

If one of your coil springs breaks, your vehicle will sit at an angle, with the lower corner over where the broken spring coil is. A broken coil spring will mean pressure on the tyres is uneven, causing the affected tyre to wear out more quickly on one side. No, you should not drive with a broken coil spring.

Can I drive with broken suspension spring?

Regardless of whether it’s a broken coil spring or a broken shock absorber, you cannot drive a vehicle which has any element of the suspension that is broken. This is because a damaged or collapsed spring can cause sagging, which could cause more damage to your vehicle in the long-term.

What causes suspension spring to break?

During the winter months, ice, snow, cold temperatures and salt to the roads can cause accelerated corrosion of a coil spring. Wheel imbalances due to misalignment or damaged tyres can cause uneven wear to your car’s suspension, which can lead to the damage and breakage of coil springs.

Is a broken suspension spring an MOT failure?

The most significant amendment states that if a spring is broken at an extreme end (where it locates on the spring mount) it will not necessarily fail the test. If the spring mounting is cracked, fractured, loose, or seriously weakened by damage or corrosion, it should be rejected.

Can you change just one coil spring?

It’s recommended 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 and the left and ride sides may have a different ride height. We don’t recommend replacing coil springs DIY, because it’s not safe.

Do springs get checked on MOT?

MOT inspection rules changed in 2018, giving additional guidance for the testing of suspension components, including coil springs, but regulations are still too vague, the springs manufacturer has said. The spring is fractured or seriously weakened. The spring is missing.

Is a snapped spring an MOT failure?

What kind of suspension spring has snapped on my car?

After looking at it today, it looks like the spring for the front left (passenger side) suspension has snapped at the bottom. Here is a picture of the damage:

What happens when a coil spring breaks on a car?

With bigger/wider wheels fitted, the tyre sidewall on a modern car is much closer to the spring and if the spring breaks, tyre damage is likely too. A plastic coating is applied to coil springs when they’re made but contact between coils as the spring is repeatedly compressed in service can damage this coating.

Is it illegal to drive with a broken suspension spring?

Depending on your local laws, this may make driving your car with a broken spring illegal — not the same thing as dangerous, but an important parameter nonetheless. There is a hazard from the broken part of the spring as there may be a possibility of this dislodging from the remaining part and contacting the tyre.

Is it normal for a spring to snap on a Volvo?

Yes, it happens to all marques, usually as a result of poorly maintained roads. Have you hit any impressive potholes recently? Unfortunately my front spring snapped a couple of weeks ago when I was driving home from work. My Volvo V40 R-Design is 4 year old. The spring also managed to wedge itself in the rear tyre wall damaging that also.