What causes coilovers to seize?

As you drive around, every dirt, mud, water and salt will reach your coilovers and build up – causing rust, corrosion and seizing to your coilovers. You will have brittle coilovers that you cannot adjust anymore. The lock rings are seized to each other – lubricant is required just to move them.

How do I know if my coilover is blown?

If your car bounces significantly during speed bumps or potholes, this is a heavy indication of blown coilovers. To further verify this, you could use your body weight to apply pressure on the side where the broken coilover is. If the car bounces significantly more, then it’s likely your coilover is blown.

Are coilovers supposed to be stiff?

All these modifications by coilovers are great for handling but they will make your car ride horrible. You will feel every little pothole and imperfections on the road. Coilover manufacturers know this but they built it for handling! That’s why new coilovers always come with very stiff settings.

Can you fix seized coilovers?

The most effective way of treating seized coilovers is by bathing the entire coilover in penetration oil, which is more expensive.

How often should I rebuild my coilovers?

Rebuild every 15,000 – 30,000 miles.

How do you clean dirty coilovers?

There is only one way to clean coilover threads, and that is by brushing the coilover threads using a steel brush, wipe it clean with soap water and finally clear the dirt with pressurized water. You can even go the extra mile and apply anti seize on your coilover threads to prevent rusting.

Will coilovers make your ride smoother?

Does this mean they won’t give you a performance increase? Absolutely not. Since most coilovers are also going to allow you to lower the ride height, the spring and shock rate should be increased to avoid the suspension crashing and bottoming out. Doing so will offer a performance bump to most any vehicle.

How hard is it to adjust coilovers?

When adjusting the front get both sides off the ground and it is easy, otherwise you will need to use the tool. For the rear you have to actually drop the spring out, adjust then reassemble. The front should take 10-15 minutes but the rears can take 20-45 minutes depending on what tools you have.

How many miles should coilovers last?

Good coilovers that are properly installed and maintained could last a long time – about 150,000 miles or more. Coilovers below this range that are making squeaking or thumping noises could easily be fixed without replacement.