Learn how to replace rusty leaf springs, shackles, and leaf spring mounting brackets in your truck or suv. I also show how to replace leaf spring bushings and remove the rust and undercoat the frame of your vehicle. We lift the truck in the process by using Chevy/Dodge lowering shackles which fit the Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series trucks.
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This really helped out. Thx for posting! Question; I have a 2016 Tacoma & want to add some “add a leaf springs” for extra load capacity, do you have a video listed in your playlist? Again, thx. Just subscribed. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
I have a question about struts and coil springs. I replaced my struts, bellows, bushings, and spring seats on my car. Everything seemed to go together fine however the bushings & seats were toast before which was my problem and the strut did wear the mount on one side where the rod had been rubbing on the driver's side. To fix this because I couldn't get the part in time I used a metal washer which I fabricated to fit down in the hole with the exact size hole in the middle so the bushing wouldn't wear. It seems to work fine that side is quiet as can be however the otherside passenger started making a spring crunching noise so I took it apart checked everything put it back together and decided to make another washer for that side so it would be equal to the otherside. It is quieter now however I still get a creaking sound when I move it up and down. After I fixed it the first time I drove it for say 50mi before I noticed the noise this time about 20mi but I was listening more. I did add spring seats to the bottom on both and it didn't have them originally just on the top but they sold them so figured it couldn't hurt. I thought about removing them but the drivers side is so perfect Im afraid I'll just end up having issues on that side. I personally do not like quick struts as I've had issues in the past which is why I decided to go this route. I could take the washer off because that mount was fine but don't think this is my problem. I'm wondering is maybe the coil spring is messed up on either side causing the problem but as I said the drivers side feels and sounds great which was the worst but don't wanna waste more money on springs if I'm not sure then end up having to put quick struts on it anyway. Any ideas what's causing my problem?
Thank you for the video. Could you do another video of lowering the truck? A lowered truck looks cool, and if it is loaded with a truck camper RV, the total height isn't too bad to be concerned with height clearance.
Just a friendly comment, I think you (and possibly the previous owner) might have installed those rear mounts upside down. On a stock f150 the shackles have a pulling force on them rather than a pushing force. Just an observation. Love the videos by the way, always excited to see new content!!
I love Chris Fixx because of his positive attitude and knowledge. Though I have extensive auto repair knowledge and many years of experience, I still learn from him. The videos are geared for the general public trying to learn to fix their own veicles.
This is why we in Germany have Something called TÜV a (tecnikal Inspektion for vihikels every 2 jears) if you Go with Something Like this to the TÜV you aren't allowed to Drive on the roads untill you fix it.
When you put a jack on and lower the truck or car u wanna push the jack alittle when your car or truck sitting down if the jack have play in it it’s bad and it will fall that’s what happened to my friend he got killed he didn’t check his jack if moved even with the vehicle weight it down
@chrisfix um dude I hate to tell you you put the driver side leaf spring on in front of the break line it should be behind it an it makes me worried for your safety cuz one day it could rip it off, I love your videos btw I watch every single one of them but that part really concerns me
I've got a beat up B3000 (you hearted the last comment I left on a old vid) and i'm suspecting a whole rear end suspension overhaul. It's gonna hurt my wallet but, it's an 04 and i bought it a month ago with 80k miles on the clock. She's not 4x4 but it's gotten me in n' out of dirt and mud thus far! So glad my favorite YouTube mechanic has been sharing the B series love for so long! I can't find any sort of reference online other than Ranger forums. From my understanding, all or most of the parts are interchangeable but you've taken the headache out of sourcing tools and parts. Thank you!!!
I'm replacing the leaf springs on my 97 f-150. Was having a hell of a time getting the axle mounted. I'm hoping my problem was I was mounting the spring THEN I would attempt to mount the axle. Hopefully on my next day off I can get that sorted out XD
mobiussquadron I have a '97 F150 and was thinking to replace the leaf springs as well. My truck squats badly when towing a trailer. Can you Tell me which leaf springs you've been thinking about? Thanks
It's so motivating that Chris is making these easy to understand videos. I can't wait to get a house - just so I can start wrenching on an old pickup truck and apply everything I can find on this channel!
Unfortunately all rubberized undercoat ends up doing is hiding rust and by the time it finally peeks through, it's too late. Also heating a leaf spring isnt a great idea since it will alter the temper of the spring steel.
But regardless, this video iss an invaluable guide to anyone trying to do this at home.
@chrisfix I’m replacing the front leaf spring bracket and bushing for a friend. Can you tell me what size bolt I’ll need for the leaf spring? Also, can you tell me if the bushing is the same for the front as it is for the rear? It’s a 96 ranger V6. Any tips on putting the new bracket on without dropping the gas tank? Thanks
Today I was thinking about changing my leaf springs. I was telling myself that it would be so much better if someone showed me how to, but who! This video was like watching someone in real life show me! Thanks! I’m ordering my leaf springs and going to install them myself!
Okay I gotta ask though; is jacking up the truck on the diff case a good idea? The manual says not to and lots of other "experts" say the same. But it looks okay when you do it. Is that because it's small truck and not an F150 so there's less weight on the diff housing?
Hey Chris, we just had a chemical fire at a nearby chemical plant just outside of Houston Texas. It burned for 3 days and sent a ribbon of smoke all the way to Austin. It reignited about an hour ago and it was quickly contained but I'm still concerned. I sent the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality an email and explained that you could probably fix it. When can you get out here? (and don't forget your breaker bar)
By the way, thanks for your great videos. I've saved a ton thanks to you.
So without asking, you said a car mechanic. Is capable of repairing a fire damaged chemical plant. The guy works on cars! Not on a factory, and my god. Ask if he can help before you tell other people he is able to. He has bills to pay, he also doesn’t have a lot of free time.
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