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Busted drivers side spring. howdo you remove it safely

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Coil spring:
buy/rent a spring compressor.
hook it upside down over the second last coils of the spring(second last coil of the unbroken part) (bolt heads down and accessible) so that the compressor clears the spring seats.
Use all parts of the compressor.
Do up the spring compressor till it is just tight.

Put the car up on a 2 post, as the load comes off the suspension the spring will tighten in the compressor and flop around loose on the strut. Unbolt the top strut mounts. lower the axle until there is clearance and lift the spring off the strut.
Slowly take the tension off the spring compressor
Put the new spring in the spring compressor, (second last coils to clear the spring seats when reinstalling).
tighten the spring compressor, evenly and compress the spring, till it fits over the strut.
lift the axle, bolt on the top strut mounts, slowly release spring compressor, ensure top n bottom spring coils seat in the spring seats.
lower two post hoist
test drive

Always replace springs together as a pair

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

  • AlmostBob
    AlmostBob Jul 29, 2008


    This shows a spring compressor, 2 bits make up 1 compressor, got to use both, just noticed that this picture is WRONG, there is no way to get a rattle gun on them, the peanut put the bolt heads on top, gunna go make fun of em

  • AlmostBob
    AlmostBob Jul 29, 2008

    buy borrow or beg, an impact wrench, rattle gun is so easy to compress the spring

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