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Mitsubishi Eclipse Coil Springs

Common Causes of Problems with Eclipse Coil Springs

The coil spring is one of the most important parts of your car's suspension system. Aside from supporting the vehicle, it also helps provide a comfortable ride. However, certain conditions and situations that can cause damage to the coil springs cannot be avoided. In some cases, the spring coils get damaged when other components from the suspension system fail. That is why it's important to watch out for problems in your coil springs. Here is a simple guide in troubleshooting your Eclipse's coil springs so you can quickly address your suspension problems and avoid serious complications at the same time.

Coil springs are broken

Some of the most common causes of breaking spring coils are the large pot holes on the road and the sudden changes in road height. Driving your vehicle in an off-road setting even when it was not designed for rough road conditions could also contribute to the possibilities of your spring coils breaking due to fatigue. As they were developed for an average paved road with, your Eclipse coil springs might become brittle and break when driving in an unpredictable rocky terrain. This problem also occurs when your car is always overloaded.

Fluid leakage

The fluid leakage in your Eclipse may be caused by the ripped seals in your vehicle's struts. This would put more strain on the coil springs and result to more damages and even breaking. If your car is starting to make noise while running over dips or bumps in the road, this could also be a sign that your vehicle is experiencing hydraulic fluid leaks.

Wheel imbalances or blown tires

When you start noticing and experiencing wheel imbalance in your car, make sure to check the alignment and inspect the tires for possible damages. These problems can wear out components in your suspension system and might even break the coil springs, shocks, and struts. Driving a car with a blown tire will cause direct contact of the coil springs and other suspension components with the road. When multiple spring coils break, this could lead to a damaged brake, axle, and steering system.

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  • Tips on Keeping Your Eclipse Coil Springs in Good Shape 04 March 2014

    Your car's suspension system would not be able to properly function with a damaged coil spring. These springs and the rest of the components in a suspension system are the ones responsible for helping you achieve that comfortable ride. However, getting your coil springs worn out and damaged cannot be avoided. That is why it's important to keep an eye on the condition of your coil springs from time to time. Here are few tips on how to keep your Eclipse coil springs at their top condition.

    • Avoid corrosion
    • To reduce the risk of corrosion, you may apply a special plastic coating that will protect your coil springs from getting rusty. The main goal is to keep the whole surface of the acting coils free from damages. In case you spot paint damages on the metal surface, clean it right away with a steel brush and a sand paper. Don't forget to apply a primer first before painting it with a top coat. When treated carefully and properly, you will be able to prolong the life of your spring coils and maximize its functions. Otherwise, corrosion may start forming and result in spring failures later on.
    • Do a regular visual inspection
    • Doing a regular visual inspection on your Eclipse's suspension system may eat up some of our time but it will help a lot in preventing problems from getting worse. Always make sure to check for potential cracks or damages in the paint so they can be repaired immediately. Don't forget that broken coil springs need to be replaced right away. Even if your springs are not broken, if its height is below an allowable value, you still need to replace them.
    • Use spring catchers
    • One way to minimize the damage that is caused by a spring failure is by using spring catchers. However, aside from adding significant amount to the cost of assembly, these spring catchers may not always work as you can never really tell how your springs are going to break.
    • Regular cleaning
    • Regularly cleaning your car underneath by using a pressure washer will help extend the life of your coil springs especially during winter season and early spring.