Re: Spring Removal - Step By Step - With Pictures
I would add to this thread that removing, and especially installing, front coil springs can be vastly different with stock springs and shorter or cut springs.
In both my Chevelle and in Fox Mustangs, a shorter, cut, or performance spring will be much easier to get out and in than a tall stock one. Stock ones are a bit-h and may be best done with an internal compressor. Note that I have snapped a 1/2 in threaded rod in an internal style spring compressor, and upgraded to 5/8 rod.
When removing the front ones from the Chevelle, which I have done twice, I have not used the chain. Both times, after getting the lower arm down, the spring stuck in the pocket with the jack all the way down.
Some careful crowbar work will just pop it out and it flops on the ground.
I stand at arms length with the jack when going up or down. I also like some 2x4 blocks to catch the arm if the jack leaves town in a hurry.
I would suggest removing the shock, sway bar links, etc before the ball joints. I don't like fooling with that stuff with a compressed spring near my fingers.
Going back in, I was able to put the spring in the upper pocket and control arm by hand with no compressor, then jack slowly.
I have tried the chain technique, and would, if possible run the chain down through the center of the control arm if possible, if you use that method.
66 Malibu Coupe, home rebuilt 350. Took me 39 years to get her!
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