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How much does a coil spring replacement cost for Volkswagen cars?

A typical Volkswagen coil spring replacement (nearside front) in the UK costs around £128 - £245. Depending on your Volkswagen model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a coil spring replacement (nearside front) on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Volkswagen cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a coil spring replacement (nearside front) costs. Volkswagen coil spring replacement (offside front) costs on average £128 - £245, Volkswagen coil spring replacement (nearside rear) costs on average £114 - £212 and Volkswagen coil spring replacement (offside rear) costs on average £114 - £212.
Car modelFixter price range
Coil spring replacement (nearside front) for Volkswagen Polo£128 - £201
Coil spring replacement (offside front) for Volkswagen Polo£128 - £201
Coil spring replacement (nearside rear) for Volkswagen Polo£114 - £178
Coil spring replacement (offside rear) for Volkswagen Polo£114 - £178
Coil spring replacement (nearside front) for Volkswagen Golf VII£156 - £245
Coil spring replacement (offside front) for Volkswagen Golf VII£156 - £245
Coil spring replacement (nearside rear) for Volkswagen Golf VII£135 - £212
Coil spring replacement (offside rear) for Volkswagen Golf VII£135 - £212
Coil spring replacement (nearside front) for Volkswagen Golf£156 - £245
Coil spring replacement (offside front) for Volkswagen Golf£156 - £245
Coil spring replacement (nearside rear) for Volkswagen Golf£135 - £212
Coil spring replacement (offside rear) for Volkswagen Golf£135 - £212

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What does a coil spring do?

The main purpose of a coil spring is to ensure the wheels remain in good contact with the road surface whilst also providing absorption from bumps and uneven road surfaces. Most cars have four coil springs; each supporting one corner of the vehicle.

What are the symptoms of a broken coil spring?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your coil springs:

  • Your car is noticeably lower on one side or dipped in one corner.

  • You notice strange rattles and knocks when driving on uneven roads.

  • Your car’s steering is uneven, or veering off to one side.

What happens when we do a coil spring replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Safely raise the car and inspect the suspension system and coil springs.

  • If necessary, they will replace the front or rear pair of coil springs.

  • Check other related components and advise whether they need to be replaced.

  • Lower the car and check the suspension again.

  • Finally they’ll test drive the car.

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Hey Fixter, how often do I need to replace my coil springs?

There really is no set lifespan for coil springs and many can last the lifetime of the vehicle. However, poor road conditions and heavier cars can result in coil springs needing to be replaced more frequently.

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Want to learn more about Volkswagen coil spring replacement?

What does a coil spring do?

Also known as road springs or suspension springs, coil springs support your car at its desired height, to maintain proper alignment angles and to absorb road shock transmitted through the tires and shock absorbers. Most cars have four coil springs; each supporting one corner of the vehicle.

Coil springs are made of strengthened steel, expertly designed to give both stiffness and absorption to ensure they can do their job. Coil springs need to hold the weight of the vehicle up but at the same time not be so stiff that they can’t absorb shocks, resulting in your car being jolted from every bump in the road.

There are two types of coil springs - the first have a constant diameter steel all the way down the coil and the second type have a decreasing diameter which allows for more absorption and comfort and more strength under heavy loads.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen (often shortened to VW) is a German automobile manufacturer founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front, a Nazi labour union.

Volkswagen is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group, who in turn is majority owned by Porsche. They own and operate a vast number of cars under other brand names—at the time of writing, they have 342 subsidiary companies.

Possibly its most well-known model of the current generation, the VW Golf, was the 2nd best selling car of 2018, behind the Ford Fiesta, which consistently takes the top spot year after year.

The Golf’s 64k registrations in 2018 added to the vast tally of 3.4million Volkswagen cars on the road today.

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VW cars achieve consistently strong reviews and are highly respected by critics and drivers alike. They are renowned for investing more money into research and development than almost any other marque and distributing their wealth of motoring knowledge across the many partner brands under the VW Group umbrella.

The Volkswagen Beetle: The ‘people’s car’

A classic of its time, originally named the Volkswagen Type 1, it soon became nicknamed the Beetle due to its unique shape, and subsequently the bug. The unique looking car was designed by Ferdinand Porsche for Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap and simple mass-produced car to travel around his country’s new road network.

The new model Beetle, originally launched to celebrate the original classic in 1997, and with an updated successor in 2011, was designed around the VW Jetta platform sharing much of its build with the Jetta and Golf. VW announced in 2018 that the Beetle would finally be removed from production in July 2019.

How often does a coil spring need replacing?

Whilst there is no set lifespan for a coil spring, as they get older, their strength decreases and therefore their ability to absorb uneven surfaces and keep the wheels in contact with the road surface is reduced.

Poor road conditions and heavier cars can result in coil springs needing to be replaced more frequently as there is more stress and strain on these springs. Coil springs also tend to break more frequently if the vehicle is left stationary for long periods of time and can corrode if left in wet conditions.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

Your car’s suspension system, including your coil springs should be inspected during an MOT. Coil springs may cause your car to fail its MOT if they are badly fractured, severely weakened, dangerously modified, insecurely attached to the chassis, or missing.

To ensure that your car remains roadworthy, safe and drivable you should be aware of the symptoms of bad coil springs and have them checked regularly.

What happens when we do a coil spring replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Safely raise the car and inspect the suspension system and coil springs.

  • If necessary, they will replace the front or rear pair of coil springs.

  • Check other related components and advise whether they need to be replaced.

  • Lower the car and check the suspension again.

  • Finally they’ll test drive the car.

What causes coil springs to break?

A sudden impact to the suspension, such as driving over a speed bump or large pothole, can result in coil spring damage or snapping. Heavier vehicles or cars carrying a heavy load will put more strain on the coil springs. This could lead to premature breakage or weakening overtime.

Winter weather can also have a significant impact on the number of coil springs that fail. This is down to damp conditions causing corrosion and cold temperatures making it easier for coils to snap. Many coil spring failures are not always noticed by the driver. Often they’ll hear a crack, but can’t locate the cause of the noise, and it is only when the car has its MOT that broken coil springs are found.

When should a coil spring be replaced?

There really is no set lifespan for coil springs and many can last the lifetime of the vehicle. However, poor road conditions and heavier cars can result in coil springs needing to be replaced more frequently. If you experience any symptoms related to a broken coil spring you should have your car inspected and the springs replaced if necessary.

What are the symptoms of a bad coil springs?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for

  • If your car is noticeably lower on one side or dipped in one corner.

  • You notice strange rattles and knocks when driving on uneven roads.

  • Your car’s steering is uneven, or veering off to one side.

  • Harsh bouncing when driving.

What happens when we do a coil spring replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Safely raise the car and inspect the suspension system and coil springs.

  • If necessary, they will replace the front or rear pair of coil springs.

  • Check other related components and advise whether they need to be replaced.

  • Lower the car and check the suspension again.

  • Finally they’ll test drive the car.

Can you drive with broken or missing coil springs?

No, it’s not recommended. Given that coil springs are essential for the handling, braking and general safety of the vehicle, as soon as you are aware that a coil spring has broken, it must be replaced. Coil springs are replaced in pairs usually, so both sides will be done at the same time.

What happens if you don't change a broken coil spring?

Failing to replace a broken coil spring will result in a very bumpy ride for you and your passengers. The car will also be harder to control and you may find that the steering veers off to one side. Given that coil springs are essential for the handling, braking and general safety of the vehicle, as soon as you are aware that a coil spring has broken, you should book it in to be inspected and replaced.

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