Throughout this site we use many technical terms, and given the breadth of readership our site enjoys, sometimes we are remiss and incorrectly assume everyone knows what we are referring to. For those that do not, here are some explanations of the technical terms use.
A spring consisting of a single leaf or, more commonly, a series of metal strips which are assembled one on top of another, each strip being shorter than the one above it. The strips are clamped together and both ends of the resulting spring are attached to the vehicle's chassis. The axle is attached to the spring which absorbs shocks imparted by variations in the road surface by flexing. Leaf springs may be mounted longitudinally or transversely.