• How to Use a Spring Compressor for Common Auto Repairs

    The spring compressor is an extremely handy tool for some basic auto repairs. The spring compressor is a fundamental device when it comes to fixing problems related to car suspension. Most people don’t realize how dangerous it is to work on the car suspension without using a spring compressor. The purpose of this tool is to extract the coil spring during the repair process.

    Attempting to remove the coil spring without the compressor is an extremely hazardous act, as the coil spring is held into place under an immense amount of pressure. If one removes the surface nut holding it in place, the spring will immediately recoil and can hit and badly injure the person doing the repairs. The spring compressor works by clasping the upper and lower ends of the coil and drawing them together when the wrench is turned, to slowly ease the coil out of place. For those who regularly do routine maintenance of their cars at home, learning how to use the spring compressor for common auto repairs is a priceless skill. 

    Tools and Materials Needed:

    • Spring Compressor
    • Wrench
    • Jack
    • Jack stand

    Step 1: Getting the Vehicle into Place for Repairs

    Before you can actually begin fixing the automobile, get it into a position such that the parts needing attention can be accessed easily and there is no danger of an accident. The front portion of the vehicle should be lifted up with the jack. Use a jack stand that can bear the weight of the vehicle in question.

    Step 2: Fixing the Compressor in Place

    The coil spring compressor has two jaws which serve the purpose of holding the coil spring in place to keep it from spiraling, and removing it gently when you’re repairing the suspension. The jaws of the spring compressor should be placed on either end of the coil, so that each jaw is placed against one end each of the threaded rod that runs through the suspension coil. The spring compressor needs to be lowered through the center of the spring. The side of the spring compressor that doesn’t have the tightening nut should be entered first into the spring coil.

    Step 3: Pulling the Spring Compressor Back

    Pull back the jaws of the spring compressor so that both jaws clasp the ends of the spring coil. This is done to make sure that the spring compressor’s jaws are affixed to the spring coil strongly.

    Step 4: Compressing the Coil Spring

    This is done by moving the tightening nut found on one end of the spring compressor. The nut has to be rotated in a clockwise motion using a wrench. This causes the spring compressor to contract and makes the coil spring compress.

    Step 5: Removing the Coil Spring

    Now that the spring has been compressed it can be removed from its place. However, this is to be done while the spring compressor is still fixed to the bottom part of the car. While holding the spring compressor in place, the coil spring needs to be gently extracted. The coil spring can be moved out of the compressor by slowly moving the tightening nut in a counterclockwise motion.