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Old 04-09-2007, 05:17 PM
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coil spring compressor(pic)

i bought a coil spring compressor to pull out the springs on my 82 grandprix but im not sure wich way you are supposed to use it.

i can put the bolt through the top shock mount hole and use 1 end with hooks to pull the spring up into the frame but i think it puts alot of scress on the frame.

the other way i can do it is put the bolt in through the bottom and use both sets of hooks and compress the spring togther but the long bolt hits the top of the frame on the inside.

What should i do?

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You want the top hooks to catch the highest coil you can and the bottom hooks to catch the lowest coil they can. It takes a bit of finessing them into place before you tighten the clamp and take the ball joints loose. It is going to take a bit more manipulation after you let the lower control arm down.

To pop the ball joints loose take a big hammer (I use a 2-1/2 lb machinists hammer) and rap the spindle on the flat surface beside where the stud goes through the spindle. That is on the side of the spindle beside the stud. With the cotter key out and the nut backed off several turns a couple of good square hits should pop it loose, then you can unscrew the nuts and take the spindle off. Don't hit the stud, that won't do anything but ruin the stud. A lot of folks use a picklefork to pop them loose but that all too often splits the boot on the ball joint.
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should i cut the bolt off a bit on the tool?
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You should actually be able to slip the end of the bolt up through the shock mount on top, Lower the control arm, and then drop the spring out with the compressor attached. you will have to put it back the same way.

After you do the first side the second should be a snap.
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