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Old 03-08-2012, 05:51 PM
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Problem getting the strut out of the spring

Doing my struts today. I've got them off the car and the springs compressed. The problem I'm having is when trying remove the nut off the top of the strut, the the tower just spins on me so I can't get the nut off.

My other concern is that I don't have my spring compressors placed right. In the picture you can see that the spring has come off the bottom brace by an inch or two, but it doesn't seem to be compressing off of the top brace at all.



Any help on what I'm doing wrong would be great. Thanks guys.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:55 PM
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

there should be a hole in the top of the shock rod that has room for a allen wrench that will be used to hold the shock rod in place while you loosen the nut... you'll need an open end-box end wrench or a combination wrench to do it.

also the bottom of the spring has really nothing holding it in place, the top of the spring is held in place by a rubber bushing/grommet inside the top hat. you can wiggle and shake it loose from the top hat, but that won't effect getting the top hat off.. it might help though, if you have a vice or a wall mounted spring compressor. either way, good luck.
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

^ most will have that allen wrench hole in the top, if not you'll have to grab the shaft right below the top hat with vice grips or a small pipe wrench, if you use vise grips, put some cardboard on the teeth of tie pliers so you don't scratch it up
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

Thank you guys very much! I never even noticed the allen key hole until you guys mentioned it. I probably spent an hour trying to turn that nut and looking up posts. Got the fronts done tonight. Going to get up early tomorrow and finish the backs up. Any pointers or problems I should anticipate?
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

Before you remove the spring, whack the top mount with a rubber mallet to separate the spring from the top or use a flat head screwdriver to CAREFULLY remove the top. Shocks/springs I take to someone, lots of crap to go wrong... fast.
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

And to add to what everyone is saying don't point the shock/strut at anyone or yourself because if if something happens to give way you do not want to be in the way of it. A buddy of mine was being impatient and didn't want to wait for me to help him and he lost a tooth. Don't let it happen to you.
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And to add to what everyone is saying don't point the shock/strut at anyone or yourself because if if something happens to give way you do not want to be in the way of it. A buddy of mine was being impatient and didn't want to wait for me to help him and he lost a tooth. Don't let it happen to you.
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

Yeah i know. I told him its no joke. Those springs are under some real heavy tension.
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

Haha yea man, could have broken his nose, jaw, cheek bone all at the same time... A buddy of mine was seating a sprung and the clamp broke when his fingers were in between the spring and the seat and he broke all his fingers and had to have his middle finger removed cause how extensive the damage was. The definately are no joke.
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

Yeah my friend was lucky compared to what happened with your bud, you can never be too careful
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

I'm not gonna' lie, those springs scared the crap out of me a little bit while they were compressed. I spent a good amount of extra time making sure the compressor tool was on there right. I think I'd feel better if it was a higher quality tool and not the AutoZone rent-a-whore tool.
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

Well I would say that they aren't that bad. I have used them countless times and never had an issue with them at all. I know they are scary at first but they are actually really easy to use. I've seen some really ghetto whys to take those springs off and let me tell you i would never try it, EVER
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Re: Problem getting the strut out of the spring

The first time compressing springs is a lil intimidating, but once your 1000% sure the compressor is on the springs correctly its not that bad.

The rears are MUCH easier than the fronts, too. You don't gotta worry about taking the shock fork off the strut, and the springs are taller, which makes the compressing muchhhh easier.
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