Luck is the operative word there. We've all heard stories like that which didn't end well.mprichar87 said:Spring compressors are easy to use, I've needed them 3 times in the past ~18 months and I just rent them from AutoZone. Installed MM CC plates, installed T springs, installed new MM CC stud plate after my Ford dealer stripped it last week
Make sure you get the compressors with the safety lock thing...the crappy ones can slip off the spring and that's all bad. It happened to my dad when I was little. While changing the springs on his old truck he got his in the face with a spring after one of the clamps slipped off. Luckily it hit him around his eye, but he broken his cheek and forehead bones, luckily no eye damage or worse.
I've always used an impact wrench to tighten the top nut. It's pretty much impossible to get a wrench in there to keep the damper from spinning. Anyone have any tips on how to legitimately torque it down?
blacksheep-1 said:I've done it that way a million times, the key is to have the car raised enough so that the spring is completely relaxed prior to removal, however DO NOT us an impact on the center strut nut, especially if it's an adjustable sty;e shock, grab a ratcheting wrench, hold the center shock stud and then crank the nut down down.