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Front spring The front driver side spring is broken. I would like to replace it myself but I need to know what parts, any specialized tools and a brief how to

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  • Ashurz Apr 21, 2009

    Question, I have same problem, what would cause the spring to break. It is not a straight break (spring is not cross sectioned) but is oblong (spring break is oval)?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Apparently the bigger autoparts stores now have a print out of instructions you can get, or even sign up online for free. This can be a very dangerous job if not done right. Inexperience in that area could cause a major injury so think twice on the do-it-yourself if you've never done it before. The compression tools used now are better than earlier models but still would be better if experienced.

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Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the tire/wheel assembly.
Remove any brackets or sway bar endlinks that may be attached to the strut.
Remove upper strut mount bolts (NOT THE BIG ONE IN THE CENTER) Should be three bolts.
Remove two strut to knuckle bolts and remove the strut.
Using an external spring compressor tool compress the spring. FOLLOW THE TOOL MANUFACTURES INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. COIL SPRINGS HOLD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF POTENTIAL ENERGY AND CAN CAUSE VERY SERIOUS INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE IF THE TOOL IS USED INCORRECTLY.
Remove the top nut of the strut.
Remove the spring noting how the strut mount and other parts are oriented.
Remove the spring compressor.
Compress the new spring and install the new spring with the strut mount and other parts in the same orientation as it was removed.
Reinstall the top nut.
The rest is opposite of removal.

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