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Rear broken leaf spring is it ok to still plow

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Itsdoubletime, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Itsdoubletime

    Itsdoubletime Member
    Messages: 40

    Hi I will be doing some residential plowing this winter I am putting a 8'2 boss vplow on the front. All my leaf springs are fine besides one in the back on the driver side. Is cracked off halfway about 3 inches from the center where it holds it together . I won't be putting anything in the back besides a snowblower is it a necessity to have that leaf replaced or should I be ok without replacing it
  2. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Why not replace it? If its broke fix it or it will come back to bite you at some point
  3. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    Is this a real question? Why endanger everyone on the road knowingly driving on a broken spring? :dizzy:
  4. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    I know.... He's only got 2-3 months to get it done in, and it's simply just not enough time to pull the spring out, take it to the spring shop, and pick it up. It is a 6 month process, you know...
  5. Itsdoubletime

    Itsdoubletime Member
    Messages: 40

    alright alright I get the point lol ... Was just asking if it was dangerous to ride on like that that's all . I was told by a mechanic that if I wasn't towing anything heavy it wouldn't cause a problem and it didn't sound right to me so I figured I would ask
  6. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Since one is missing , rest of them can break ( I did this once I had one broken and Waited to long and the 2 above it broke off same place )
  7. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Must be related to the bird.
  8. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    It's called metal fatigue, and stress fractures are going to happen above and below, as the pressure that normally would have spread across the face of the entire leaf, now focuses on one point where the fracture is.

    I had a 79 F150 that lost a spring leaf, and I had no idea. Within a month or so, the leaf above cracked directly above the edge were the "missing" leaf used to be, as all of the weight was now pivoting on that broken edge.

    Scared the bejesus out of me when I found the second leaf in my driveway, as it could have wound up in someone's forehead behind me.
  9. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    A few years ago my Brother met a truck and a piece of leaf spring sliced through his windshield hit him in the shoulder and continued through the back window if it had been a few inches closer it would hit him in the head !!!!!
  10. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    The mechanic is an idiot.

    I would recommend not even bringing a bicycle to him to be repaired, as he is totally clueless.

    Not only is it dangerous for others due to pieces falling off the truck, it is dangerous in that it could cause complete loss of control.

    First thing that went through my mind when I saw the title.
  11. Bird brains brother.
  12. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Its fine, I wouldn't worry about it

    I also wouldn't drive it of way drive either.

    But that's just me.
  13. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Dude you can fix that yourself! Go to Hazard Fraught tools get a 110 volt flux core welder and just weld it up. Test it by running a loaded 2 yard sander in the back for a couple days after. If the Women don't find you handsome they should at least find you handy!:mechanic:
  14. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Save yourself the trouble of dealing with results of cheap fixes and take the truck to a spring shop and have it done right. You'll never be sorry.
  15. osomany?s

    osomany?s Member
    Messages: 48

    super glue & duct tape make sure u get the thick tape the thinner tape wont hold up !
  16. hansenslawncare

    hansenslawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    In theory (as long as it's not the main leaf) why wouldn't it work? A weld is stronger than the original metal (will never break in the same spot again) so why couldn't someone weld it?

    I'm not saying this is the best idea; but...it is an option.
  17. rjigto4oje

    rjigto4oje PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,380

    You guys forgot about popsicle sticks, really would you us a rubber twice on second thought I don't want to know
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2013
  18. hansenslawncare

    hansenslawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    Great argument...
  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    it's not an option you cannot weld tempered steel. the heating from the welding would weaken the steel
  20. hansenslawncare

    hansenslawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    Thank you...that's all I wanted to hear was a response worth typing.