Leaf springs are an essential component of your truck’s suspension system. Their primary function is to maintain balance and prevent the truck from slouching at the back when carrying heavy loads. No matter if you are accelerating, braking, or navigating speed bumps, leaf springs ensure that your truck remains level and your tires stay grounded throughout the journey.
Steps to Replace Leaf Springs
Let’s delve into the process of replacing leaf springs step by step:
Step 1: Preparation
Before embarking on the leaf spring replacement journey, it is crucial to prepare your suspension system adequately. Take a few days in advance to get the system ready. Apply oil to the bolts, nuts, and brackets to loosen them up, preventing any scratches when removing the old leaves.
Step 2: Raising the Truck and Accessing the Springs
Park your truck in a suitable working area and secure the front wheels with chocks to prevent any forward rolling. Loosen the lug nuts of the rear wheels and elevate the back end of the truck using a hydraulic jack. Place a jack stand under the rear axle for additional support. Once the truck is raised, remove the lug nuts and slide off the rear wheels to gain clear access to the leaf springs.
Step 3: Removing the Base Plate
This step involves the removal of leaf springs. Find the lower mounting stud and detach the fasteners, including the shock absorbers. Undo the U-bolt fasteners and remove the base plate. Raise the axle slightly and use a pry bar to remove the leaf spring pack from the center pin. Set aside the front of the spring by removing the bolt from the forward mount, followed by removing the fasteners from the rear of the spring and the outer plate. Finally, remove the shackle pin and shackle.
Step 4: Installing the New Kit
Lay out the installation kit and position the new shackle correctly. Insert the inner-shackle hinge pin through the steel sleeve of the shackle, ensuring proper alignment of the leaf spring. Secure the rear leaf spring by using locking nuts and new fasteners. Remember that each side can have different measurements between the center and end.
Step 5: Completing the Installation
With the rear of the new leaf spring secured, it’s time to complete the installation. Raise the front end of the leaf spring to a level between the forward mounts and loosely secure the bolt with the locking nut. Make sure the spring pack is aligned and in contact with the back end. Place the new U-bolts into position and tighten all the nuts and bolts using a torque wrench. After approximately seven days, recheck the tightness of the nuts and bolts. Lastly, reattach the shock absorbers.
Now that you have replaced the leaf springs on one side, repeat the steps on the other side. Reattach the rear wheels and tighten the lug nuts securely. Remove the jack stand and lower the rear of the truck to the ground. Double-check the lug nuts to ensure they are fastened properly.
Buy Leaf Springs From Ames Farm Center
If you are considering replacing your leaf springs, look no further than Ames Farm Center. We offer a wide range of high-quality leaf springs, coil springs, U-bolts, shackles, and super springs for various truck models. Since 1965, we have been the industry leader in providing dependable leaf spring kits and replacement parts for commercial and passenger trucks.
At Ames Farm Center, we prioritize durability and build quality. Our catalog includes a selection of leaf springs tailored to meet the unique needs of our customers. We also offer customization options for leaf springs, especially for older truck models that may not be accommodated by the aftermarket anymore. All our leaf springs come with a one-year warranty.
Visit Ames Farm Center today to explore our catalog and purchase the perfect leaf springs for your truck. With our expertise and quality products, you can ensure a smoother and more efficient driving experience for your truck.