Question about Volkswagen Golf
The spring compressor is always a planned part of the removal and installation of your strut. It was very dangerous at best using a good spring compressor. I am shocked this wasn't made clear. You can not do a short cut safely when doing this kind of work. I have tried short cuts only to have to start over and like you damaged an item. You will need to disconnect the unit at this point to replace the torn gaiter so relax - take a deep breath and pull the shaft down as it is easier. One thing I will suggest is a good jack to help you keep everything from slipping around. The almost impossible reference you make is because it is hard even for professionals so be aware you must be good just to have gotten this far.
For safety sake use a GOOD spring compressor as people are killed quite often doing this procedure when a poorly placed or loose spring compressor slips.
Posted on May 04, 2010
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