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Installation of strut/coil spring in the front of my car

We took the strut off following the directions in the manual, and don't have a rack to lift the car into the air. I've bought a new coil spring compressor, that you put up the middle of the spring, but when you do, its threaded rod is to long to put the strut up into the right spot. Can anyone give me a site or instructions on how to put the strut and coil spring on with out the use of a rack? ( we have two floor jacks and a third to use if necessary) Thanks

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I don't exactly understand your problem. But the ehow website has many excellent vedios by Nathan McCullough on doing stuff, and one of them is the coil spring on strut. He only had to use one jack stand.

http://www.ehow.com/video_2327701_tools-replacing-front-struts.html

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Ouch, i dont see where a rack would help there, you shouldnt have a problem.....try moving the spring compressor or turning it around to where its not in the way. GL

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