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How to Use a Coil Spring Compressor

How to Use a Coil Spring Compressor

Removing the coil springs from your car or truck can be a challenging task. The springs are under extreme force and will require a spring compressor to remove them safely.

If you are yet to purchase a coil spring compressor, there is a wide range available that are designed for certain vehicle springs. Attempting to use a compressor that is designed for small vehicles as opposed to heavy duty trucks can have devastating consequences.

To help you make an informed buying decision, we have a listed our thoughts on the best rated spring compressors that will help you choose the best for your requirements.

There is a serious risk of injury if you don’t use a spring compressor correctly. The amount of force present when the spring has been compressed can cause serious injury and you will want complete peace of mind that the compressor has the spring secured properly.

The majority of strut spring compressors will various sockets, so ensure that your automotive socket set is nearby to ensure you have the correct fitment.

Using a Spring Compressor

The most common type of compressor is the screw type, which we will be using in this guide. To begin, locate the screw (as shown below) and find a socket that is suitable.

Strut Spring Compressor Tool

Depending on the type of spring compressor that you are using, you may be required to use hooks or plates. Therefore, you will need to place the compressor in the middle of the spring and then locate the hooks or plates.

Compressor Tool For Coil Springs

Once you have located the compressor tool and connected the hooks or plates, you are now ready to begin. Using a ratchet or a breaker bar, begin to wind the compressor tool downwards, thus compressing the spring.

How to use a Spring Compressor

Once the spring has been compressed as far as it can go, it’s now time to remove it. Before attempting this, you will want to ensure it is safe to do so. Therefore, check that everything looks stable and as you are moving it around, the compressor is holding the force of the spring.

You may be required to use a crowbar to push the control arm downwards. This will provide you with more room to pivot the spring and get it out.

Before and After Using Spring Compressor

As you can see, the result is a compressed spring, which is almost half the size of the original. Once you have got the hang of using the tool, it will become far easier. However, if you are using it on a regular basis, it’s definitely worthwhile investing into a professional tool, which will make things far more easier.

Maintenance of the Tool

Although the spring compressor is very durable and the majority are made from forged steel, it’s important to maintain it appropriately.

We highly recommend that you ensure the threads are properly lubricated. To do this, use a lubrication product on the thread and then screw it in and out of the compressor by hand. This will ensure that the tool will last for many years to come and not cease up halfway through a job.

Making Things Easier

As mentioned earlier, if you are removing springs quite frequently, investing into the best spring compressor you can get your hands on is highly recommended.

This mean that a higher quality steel will be used in the construction. You may also find the hooks or plates are less bulky, which makes fitting them in place far easier.

Many brands also develop their spring compressor tools to be used with an impact wrench. This can drastically improve the speed at which you work and you will find many professional garages using this type of tool. Of course, it does come at a premium price but definitely something that is worth considering.

Another important factor to discuss is that you may have to remove certain parts to gain access. For example, removing the shock absorbers can make removing the spring once compressed far easier.

We highly recommend checking the vehicles documentation for the suspension setup prior to beginning the job of removing the spring.

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Written By Dan

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Dan is an automotive journalist and owner of over 10 cars ranging from supercars, tuned cars, classics and your good old beater cars. He always likes to get his hands dirty with nut and bolt restorations or detailing sessions using the best products on the market.

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