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    Strut spring removal

    Does anyone know of a (mostly) safe method to remove the spring from strut, with out the use of a spring compressor?
    It's for a '97 Chevy Malibu, if ya need to know.

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    Is mostly safe like mostly dead?
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    hack saw?

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    Just take them to a shop and then they can put them on the new struts as well.
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    Yeah don't screw around with them.Not worth the potential for disaster.Pay someone to do it for you.
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    don't places like autozone let you borrow those kind of tools?

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    Without a compressor there's no way of getting the top nut on the new strut.
    Bolt style compressors cost very little to buy, and are even cheaper to rent.

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    Take it to a mechanic.
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    I agree with redirekib and/or XR2. There is no such thing as "mostly safe" when dealing with those. That said, I would mostly likely not feel comfortable letting the OP use a screwdriver, much less a spring compressor. Respect for the stored energy in those things is kind of important, and he doesn't appear to have much of that.

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    Don't screw around with compressed springs:

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    I be a mokanic and would not use that type with a MacPherson strut.I use my friends wall mount compressor that has three arms that compress the spring.Looks like this.

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    ^^
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    I didn't think it was a good idea, and since I don't know EVERYTHING like some people here, I though I'd ask for a different method.
    I don't like messing with springs, so I'll go the EZ strut route.
    Thanks (to most of you)

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    Tie down straps work, but you generate a LOT more force in a compressed spring than you would think, and those little 400 lb tie down straps are going to fail. However, if you got to the local Autozone, they'll give you a coil or strut spring compressor (not the same thing) for whatever it is these days. When you bring it back a day/week later, you get all of your money back. It's free, and safer.

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    You can buy the entire assambly for most models. Although the springs can be of questionable quality.
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    I use the car as a spring-compressor...

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    Just buy a spring compressor. You can get them for as little as $14 at Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3980
    The ones you rent from the auto parts stores are probably a little nice. I have a slightly nice unit that I bought years ago for around $40. It paid for itself in the 1st job I used them on.

    Drop the strut out of the car all assembled! Then put on the spring compressor and apply some pressure. Now you can take the retain nut off the top of the strut and remove the piece holding the spring in place. Transfer the spring to a new strut, apply the top plate and put on the nut. Now remove the spring compressor and insert the strut back in the car. I've done this on a few front wheel drive cars with struts. Its a bit of a pita, but with some descent wrenching skills it is not all that difficult.

    DO NOT attempt to work on the springs until the sping compressor is securely in place!

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    The Craftsman one linked above works fine for home use. It'll go faster if you have an air impact wrench but the nuts turn easily with hand wrenches. It just takes longer that way. Make sure the pins are in place to lock the compressor to the spring.

    My local chain auto store rents them really cheap but I bought a set so I wouldn't have to mess around with returning them, and so I'd have them for next time.

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    You can hang a lip, or hate the answers from some of the posters all you choose. Hopefully, it saved a few teeth, or a finger, or some other body part that the spring came in contact with.

    Unless you have seen what a spring can do, you really have no idea.

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