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Old 01-23-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Spring compressor help?

This is the spring compressor I have and can't seem to get it to compress the springs. Not sure if I'm doing it wrong but it looks pretty self explanatory from the shape of it. Only trouble I really had was having to assemble this inside the spring since it didn't fit as a whole through the shock tower
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This is the spring compressor I have and can't seem to get it to compress the springs. Not sure if I'm doing it wrong but it looks pretty self explanatory from the shape of it. Only trouble I really had was having to assemble this inside the spring since it didn't fit as a whole through the shock tower
It's hard to tell for sure if that's a plate type or hooks type. Looks like plate type. In which case you remove bottom plate insert tool into spring, slide plate into spring from side and reattach nut, then tighten from top until compressed. If you are unsure, ask an auto parts store guy, those springs have a tremendous amount of energy when compressed and can cause real serious injuries if they aren't properly and safely compressed and released. Aren't there any instructions inside?
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It's hard to tell for sure if that's a plate type or hooks type. Looks like plate type. In which case you remove bottom plate insert tool into spring, slide plate into spring from side and reattach nut, then tighten from top until compressed. If you are unsure, ask an auto parts store guy, those springs have a tremendous amount of energy when compressed and can cause real serious injuries if they aren't properly and safely compressed and released. Aren't there any instructions inside?
They are the hook kind. I've attached a picture of how far I get it but if you look closely, the threaded bolt is screwed in as much as it can go. It's hitting the upper control arm now and still now compression of the hooks. Isn't it suppose to be compressing by now or is it mandatory to undo the upper control in order to take out coil spring? If so then I see that defeating the purpose of using this spring compressor
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Well if the spring is in the car already then I would use the car to compress it. Take the spring compressor out put a jack under the spring and jack it up use the weight of the car to compress the spring then install the spring compressor and let the jack down. This will allow the spring to come out without a problem.
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It's been awhile, but doesn't the top hook assembly shoulder against the washers at top and the bottom hook assembly "climb" the threaded shaft? In other words, the top does not turn with the threaded shaft. If so you should be able to keep turning. But installing it with the weight on the car is a good idea.
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