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Spring Compressor - rear spring/shock

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    • Edited 1 times, last by sciontc_mich on .
    For those of you who have used the Autozone/Advance auto spring compressor rental tool.. Was it difficult for you to compress the rear spring? I rented one from Advance and I'm returning it because it would not work. The safety pin would NOT stay locked, no thanks, it was broken.. Going to autozone to get one. But when I test fitted the compressor on the springs I could only get one of the compressor claws on the top and 2nd to bottom coil.. the second compressor tool on the other side of the spring on the 2nd to top and 3rd from the bottom on the other side. Did not get them even on both sides, didn't know if that was too safe.

    I will be honest and admit I have not compressed springs before but I know the theory and been a DIY for awhile. So I have to ask those of you who have done it the proper way, I do not want to get hurt, nor do I want to damage the parts I bought! But I also want to try this myself before having to trust a mechanic at a shop.

    Let me know thanks!
    I had no issues with the Autozone tool. I will say that I had to put the claw in and then rotate it to the highest point before trying to put in the lower one.

    You def want the locks to work though. I always check that the pins are all there, and installed correctly. Then I check to see they move properly.
    • Edited 1 times, last by sciontc_mich on .
    ImmortaltC wrote:
    I had no issues with the Autozone tool. I will say that I had to put the claw in and then rotate it to the highest point before trying to put in the lower one.

    You def want the locks to work though. I always check that the pins are all there, and installed correctly. Then I check to see they move properly.

    Thanks ImmortaltC for the response, I really appreciate it! What's scary is that the Advance Auto rental compressor's locking pin, locks on its own, but under pressure it clicks off! I will mention it to the people at advance but I doubt they'll do anything about it. And yes I do agree that the locking pins SHOULD be working, to prevent that thing from de-compressing and hurting me!

    Also thanks for the trick of getting the clamps on the spring and then walk it around on both sides to the highest points. I will definitely use that method for both the front and rear!

    EDIT: and yes I'll be going to get Autozone's tool. The pittman arm puller I got from that brand-new store was brand new (rent-a-tool)! I can only bet the spring compressor is in great shape too! I'll find out...
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