Ford E-150 Econoline Club Wagon Leaf Spring
Signs of a Broken Ford E150 Econoline Cargo Van Leaf Spring
Nobody wants to ride an uncomfortable vehicle that's supposed to be a high-capacity passenger. When your Ford E-150 starts making people dizzy, it could be because something broke in your suspension system. It could be a damaged leaf spring at the rear of your Ford that's supposed to hold the axle in place. Here's how you can find out if your Ford E-150 econoline cargo van leaf spring is in need of a replacement:
Specify the symptoms
You need to find out what kind of suspension performance problem you're dealing with by specifying what kind of symptoms you're experiencing with while driving your E-150. A broken leaf spring can make you feel as if the van is swaying from side to side. You could also be experiencing a spongy ride that bends with heavy loads as well as uneven tread wear on your tires. However, these symptoms could also be indicative of problems with the brakes, so you need to get down and inspect your leaf springs to confirm that they're really the broken parts.
Do a diagnostics test
Park your E-150 on a flat surface and compare the measurements of its rear wheels from the ground to the top of the wheel well. Then, inspect the u-bolts that hold the spring to the van for signs of rust and deterioration. Finally, lift the van up onto jack stands and inspect it for cracks and any outward swinging. Multiple leaf springs like the ones on your Ford should not hit the tire, otherwise they'd definitely be broken.
Know when to replace your leaf springs
Larger vehicles, like your E-150, need to get their leaf springs replaced more often than smaller automobiles. Seasoned mechanics can tell if it's time to replace a leaf spring just by inspecting the clearance between the chassis frame and the ground, and if your van tilts in any way. If there's any discrepancy in the measurements of the two rear wheels, if your chassis frame is lower than it should be and if your van is tilting to one side, then it's time to replace your leaf springs with new ones.