Coilovers are an important part of modifying a vehicle. They are responsible for adjusting the height of the car and can provide a much better ride than the original suspension, both in terms of comfort and performance. How long do coilovers last is a question we get asked a lot. It depends on a few factors, but we’ll discuss them in this blog post. We’ll also talk about how to care for your coilovers and what to do if they start to wear out.
But before we dive into the details, let’s recap the basics of how coilovers work.
What are coilovers and how do they work?
Coilovers are a type of suspension system that combines the shock and spring into one unit. This makes it different from other suspension systems, which have the spring separated from the damper. Coilovers usually come with pre-assembled shocks and springs that are designed to work perfectly together. This not only improves your car’s appearance by reducing the distance between the wheels, but also improves its handling and performance.
The coilover can be adjusted to change how high or low the car sits, as well as how stiff the suspension is. That means you can adjust it to match your driving style and your needs. If you want a smoother ride, you can smooth out the suspension. If you’re racing, it can make it more difficult for the car to respond better to the track.
Common Problems with Coilovers
If your coilovers are making a strange noise, it is likely that the installation was done poorly or some of the screws have come loose. This is a common problem and the easiest way to fix it is to find the source of the noise and tighten the screws. You can also just take the coilovers off and reinstall them, then clean them as you go!
The metallic noise that often occurs with coilovers can be caused by metal-to-metal contact. This happens when the metal components of the suspension system rub against each other. This can be a common problem, especially if you’ve been using your coilovers for a while or if you’ve installed other suspension components that add stress to the system. Metal-to-metal contact can wear components and generate noise. That’s why coilovers come with rubber bushings and shock limiters – these materials help cushion impact and reduce noise.
Heavy Driving / Bumping
If you’re not sure if your springs are too weak, you can test them by going over speed bumps. If the spring load is too low, the spring will be fully compressed even with only one or two passengers. The solution is to replace the spring on the coilovers with a stronger one (higher spring load).
Inside the shocks of coilovers, there is oil which helps to absorb energy. If your coilovers are leaking oil, it could mean the seals are old and need to be replaced.
How long do Coilovers last (usually)?
This is a question that many car enthusiasts ask, and the answer may vary depending on the make and model of the car, as well as the type of coilovers. In general, most coilovers will last about five to six years before needing to be replaced. However, this number can vary greatly depending on how often they are used and how well they are cared for. If you take good care of your coilovers and don’t drive them too hard, they can last up to ten years or more. On the other hand, if you abuse your coilovers or drive them frequently in harsh conditions, they may only last two or three years. This is important to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to buy a set of coilovers.
If you’re the type of person who likes to change the look of your car frequently, coilovers might not be the best option for you, as they tend to last a little longer than other types of suspension modifications. If you’re looking for something that will give your car a new look without having to replace it entirely, consider upgrading your suspension with some springs or shocks. Springs and dampers can be replaced more often than coilovers without having to spend a lot of money, and they can also give your car a different feel or height.
With regular maintenance and care, there’s no reason they can’t last indefinitely.
Do coilovers come with a warranty?
Typically though, coilovers come with a limited lifetime warranty that covers replacement or repair of faulty parts and springs only due to manufacturing errors or defects (not damage caused by misuse). Also, please note that some warranties do not cover labor costs, so you may have to pay more if this happens, which can cost you dearly. The problem with guarantees is also to be wary of companies that offer guarantees that are too good to be true, as they are often just a marketing ploy and not really backed by anything. However, it’s always best to ask the seller about their warranty policies before making your purchase.
Tips for maintaining coilovers
Maintaining coilovers on a car is a relatively simple process, but it’s important to follow the correct steps to ensure optimum performance and safety. Here are the basic steps you need to follow:
1. Clean coilovers regularly. Coilovers can get dirty over time and this can affect their performance. Be sure to clean them using a mild soap and water solution.
2. Inspect seals regularly. Seals on coilovers are important for keeping moisture and dirt out of the suspension system. Check for damage or signs of wear and replace as needed.
3. Be careful when adjusting the springs. Overtightening the springs can cause them to break, which can lead to serious safety issues. Be sure to adjust the springs using the correct amount of force and only do this when necessary.
Follow these steps to ensure your coilovers are always in good condition and performing at their best.