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Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 14 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

Spring suspension manufacturer maintenance recommendations include periodic checks of fastener torque values and usually include an initial re-torque after break-in. While regular preventative maintenance will keep the majority of spring suspensions rolling productively, there may come a time when a spring needs to be replaced.

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Typically, a broken spring can be identified during a walk-around inspection. CVSA has out-of-service requirements for a spring assembly to identify an issue. These require replacement if:
• One-fourth or more of the leaves in any spring assembly are broken;
• Any leaf or portion of any leaf in any spring assembly is missing or separated; and/or
• There is any broken main leaf in a leaf spring.

Spring replacement is well within the capabilities of reputable trailer repair shops and within the scope of in-house work, as long as you have the right tools and training for your shop’s technicians. Safety, of course, is paramount.

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