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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Coil spring question

Anyone on who knows whether or not the coil spring is under presuure when the car is on stands? Just wondering if I should put a block underneath?

I want the remove the front left spindle.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 05:01 PM
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YEAH! The coil springs are under a lot of pressure. Not a job to be taken lightly.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 05:20 PM
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Bigger car more weight, so more energy stored. Rent a spring compressor from your local rental company if you need to pull the spring.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks BD. My plan was to replace the spindle but wasn't sure about the coil spring. I think this is a job for the pro's.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Nope pro's not necessary. Spindle swap complete - no parts left over, now
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 08:45 PM
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As to being a pro, no I have rebuilt many front ends now but I figured it out just by paying attention to how it came apart. Only time I consulted a pro was to align the front end after replacing all the parts. If you count the turns as the tie rod ends come apart and put it back the same way you can drive it to the front end shop without destroying a set of tires.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 09:27 PM
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Front Springs ABSOLUTELY UNDER COMPRESSION, regardless if you have it supported below the lower A-Arms or the frame or crossmember! (Don't attempt spring removal without a spring compressor & a safety chain.)

Rear's more than likely NOT if you have it supported under the FRAME w/ the rear end hanging free & the shocks disconnected at either the top or bottom (I put my '70 Chevelle SS Rear Coil Springs in by hand this way)
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