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I would like to know how to use a spring compressor to change out the struts on my car?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    follow the instructions with the tool.



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Be very careful with a spring compressor
this is one of the most dangerous jobs out there
you need to get a intruction booklet on using this tool it can be very simple if used properly if not you could get seriously hurt.

Posted on May 05, 2010


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