Lincoln LS Coil Springs
Diagnosing Your Lincoln Ls Coil Spring
Your Lincoln Ls coil spring is responsible for keeping your vehicle cushioned as it cruises over rough roads. Without it, you might lose control of your car when you're driving over uneven surfaces, bumps, and potholes. To prevent this kind of accident from happening to you, look out for three common symptoms of a bad coil spring.
If you can hear a clunking noise from the front end, then a coil spring might be broken. The sound will likely be heard when you hit bumps or when you corner abruptly. If ignored, this could cause steering problems and greatly reduce the quality of your ride. Visually inspect each coil spring so you will know if any of them is broken.
Low vehicle ride height
If you notice your car sagging on one end or its ride height looking too low, then the coil spring might be worn out. To check the ride height, measure how high your car is on each side. Don't do an eyeball estimate; measure the ride height accurately, using a measuring tape or ruler. Even small differences in height on opposite sides of your car can severely affect your vehicle's performance. After measuring, check the ride height specifications for the suspension by referring to the Lincoln Ls owner's manual. If the measured ride height is below the specifications, then the coil springs must be replaced as soon as possible. Continuing to drive when the car's ride height is lower than required will affect the vehicle's steering and handling ability.
Other troubleshooting tips
To easily verify any problems that your car's coil spring may have, follow these tips:
- When listening for a clunking noise, turn off the air conditioner and stereo so you can hear for any foreign sound easier. Take your car out for a short drive somewhere that has obstacles. Look for rough roads that would cause the vehicle to bounce such as speed bumps, small potholes, or dips in the road.
- While driving over an obstacle, do it slowly, staying alert for any excessive bounce in the front or in the rear. The excessive bounce would mean that the coil spring, or even the whole suspension itself, is bad.
- When doing a visual inspection of your car's coil springs, raise the vehicle using a hydraulic jack. Shine a flashlight in the wheel well so you can see the component better.