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Old 01-27-2013, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The dangers of replacing coil springs

The dangers of replacing coil springs

Ben and Russ show want can go wrong when replacing coil springs on a vehicle.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And these guys know what they are doing.. You always use a spring compressor when changing coil springs.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I actually take it one step further (after punching a hole through the wall of my shop). I safety wire the spring after compressing it with the spring compressor.
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I actually take it one step further (after punching a hole through the wall of my shop). I safety wire the spring after compressing it with the spring compressor.
Not a bad idea at all. When working with coil springs if you want to keep your body parts CAUTION is the main idea right next to SAFETY.
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It pays to do your homework and know if the spring is still under tension. I always breathe a sigh of relief when I get done decompressing a spring.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I knew they could do that but I've never seen one in action.

Live and learn and thanks for the video.
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If you look closely, it seems they WERE using a spring compressor. You can see the shiny hex head at the bottom centered on the spring. This isn't a strut or coilover suspension, so they were using the type of compressor that you put through the center of the spring. Either they didn't install it right, or the compressor failed...
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Not a bad idea at all. When working with coil springs if you want to keep your body parts CAUTION is the main idea right next to SAFETY.
Exactly. When mine went, it was a metal defect in the spring compressor that gave way. The pin holding the bottom hook sheared off. It is amazing the amount of energy those damn things contain. I treat every coil spring like it is a hand grenade about to go off.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I will give the guy credit..I don't think Jesus Christ would have been the first words out of my mouth. It took me several times watching it, but I did finally see the Spring Compressor Nut..
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