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Strut replacement is there a special coil compresser to change struts on an `03 4runner?

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  • paul combest Aug 30, 2008

    I shoulda been more thorough. I've attempted to replace them with the parts store spring compressor. Problem- you CANNOT install them on opposing sides of each other. There is not enough room. If you install the compressors where you can, the spring gets cocked. I wonder how the dealer does it. Specialty compressor? Do the take more stuff apart to access the spring? Thanks for the help.

  • paul combest Aug 30, 2008

    Hi again. Yes, on the vehicle compression. I may go give her another whack and try to be more patient. Or, call the dealer and see if they'll give me some knowledge. Ha, right! May end up forkin over 200 bucks to have them put in. Oh well, thanks for the help!!

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Yes - you can buy them at an auto parts store. Ask for "spring compressors". You can use them with a ratchet, but it's very tedious, and is much quicker and easier with air tools. Be absolutely sure you follow the recommendations and cautions on the box - you can get hurt or killed if you use them wrong and they let go when the spring is compressed. There's a LOT of energy pent up in the springs when they're compressed.

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    Jeremy Dellow Aug 30, 2008

    Gotcha - sorry about the misunderstanding (hope that didn't come across as condescending - wasn't meant that way). Anyhow, any of that is possible. I've had to place compressors less than 180 degrees apart before, and it's a little nerve wracking, but it can be successfully done that way if you make absolutely sure that the hooks of the compressors are firmly seated on the coils, and that you go very slowly (I did one full revolution on each compressor at a time, so there was a LOT of back and forth between the compressors) but that helped keep them compressing at the same rate. All the same, no one else was allowed in the garage while I was doing it, just in case it let go.

    It's very possible the dealer has a special rig to do these - they get lots of specialty tools that you and I won't normally have access to. Or as you said, they may take more parts off to get at it better.

    Just so I'm clear though - are you attempting to compress the springs on the vehicle, or have you removed the strut/spring combination to compress them on a workbench?


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