Take a look at the above photos, and you El Bodeguero - Benny Welton And His Orchestra*, Tito Portillo And His Orchestra - Stereo Juke-Box get an idea of what happens when you have a leaf spring mount fail.
Add to this the stress of driving over bumps and potholesand you can imagine why one of these could break. When it does give way, your leaf spring has nowhere to go, but up, that's because your car or truck just got a lot closer to the ground.
In most vehicles, there will be something strong enough to keep the spring from shooting cleanly through its nearest barrier. In a car, that's your trunk. In a truckit's your bed. To replace your leaf spring mount, you'll, of Body Work - 1/2 Inch Jack - The Crashneed the part. Now that's saving you some money! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, never never never work underneath a vehicle that is supported only be a jack. It doesn't matter if it's a jack Searching For The Spark - Steve Hillage - Motivation Radio for Sherman tanks, you shouldn't be underneath it.
Before I turn a single screw underneath a car or truck, I make sure it's securely on jack stands. This gives you some extra room to drop the leaf spring when you need to get it into your new mount. To properly access the rear suspension mounts you'll need to remove the plastic fender liner that keeps mud and such off the underside of the truck body.
This comes off easily with a few - or a few hundred it might seem - Phillips head screws. When removing this amount of hardware, be sure to put the screws someplace safe.
Trying to reassemble a vehicle with only half the screws and bolts is beyond challenging. It's impossible! The bolts that hold the rear leaf spring suspension in place are exactly what you'd expect -- big, strong nuts and bolts. They are also fairly easy to access on most vehicles.
If you're lucky, the leaf spring didn't drag the mount so far up into the lower body that you have trouble getting to the bolts to get them out. First, remove the bolt or bolts that hold the spring shackle the mount to the car or truck body. This will allow the leaf spring to drop free and give you more Body Work - 1/2 Inch Jack - The Crash to remove its bolts.
Which brings us to the next step, remove the bolts that attach the leaf spring to the old, broken spring mount. With all of these bolts out, you can take that old bent mount and toss it. This is the reverse of what we did to get it out.
That's it! Now just reinstall the plastic fender liner, and you are good to go. You just saved some serious money! Matthew Wright has been a freelance writer and editor for over 10 years and an automotive repair professional for three decades specializing in European vintage vehicles. Updated Body Work - 1/2 Inch Jack - The Crash 05, What You'll Need:. Continue Reading.
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