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Old 21st-April-2008, 11:53 AM   #1
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Best way to remove and replace front coil springs?

Is there a easy/safe best way to replace front springs without getting killed or maimed? Thanks for any info.
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Old 21st-April-2008, 11:59 AM   #2
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That's easy, rent a coil spring compressor. Many parts stores will rent them for free.

1. Jack and support your car
2. Take off front wheels
3. Take off the shocks
4. Insert compressor and tighten, secure coil spring to control arm with a piece of chain (in case it releases, the chain will keep the spring from flying)
5. Separate steering knuckle from lower ball joint
6. Swing lower arm to clear the spring, release coil spring compressor SLOWLY
7. Remove spring
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thank you 69LT1Nova
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Old 21st-April-2008, 12:06 PM   #4
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Old 25th-April-2008, 02:25 AM   #5
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Ya thats the safest way to do it.
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Old 25th-April-2008, 08:20 AM   #6
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Find a friend that you somewhat like who likes to work on cars. Wrap you hand up like you hurt it and ask for them to help...

I hate changing springs.... they will kill you
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Old 26th-April-2008, 12:28 AM   #7
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I just changed mine, (twice) and if I may, a few more ideas...

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Like someone before said, tie a chain or tie strap to the spring to keep it from flying accross the shop
Leave the balljoint bolts on (but loose) when breaking loose the ball joints, that way when they separate they only go as far as the loosened bolt will allow them.

Just my .02c

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Old 26th-April-2008, 01:23 AM   #8
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Wear a motorcycle helmet


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Old 27th-April-2008, 08:16 PM   #9
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So using a floor jack under the bottom control arm won't do? Will it still have more to spread when the jack is lowered? I'm thinking of lowering my front end. What about the wife that has always said I spend too much money on that damn car? Should she be in the garage when I do this? hahaha
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Pat, I use a jack under the lower control arm and one under the frame as well. Sometimes the travel needed by the lower arm is not enough to completely relax the spring, so I use the jack under the frame to raise the car even more which essentially raises the car enough to make room for the spring to completely extend.

Also, I found that if you can't get the spindles to completely break free from the balljoints, roll the steering wheel left and right and eventually they will pop free.

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Old 27th-April-2008, 10:20 PM   #11
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I don't think it's too hard. Rent the spring compressor from Advanced Auto or similar parts store. Use the inside arms and come down through the hole in the upper A-arm. Don't forget to use the washers and oil the threads. On my BB springs there was quite a bit of pressure and heat on the threads and they needed the oil. I'm about to take mine back out to cut some off.

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