Front spring removal

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at
Tue May 7 20:43:51 EDT 2002

HERE HEAR, Scott!  I strongly second your point.  Do it right the first
time, play it safe and fix the related stuff while in there, strut top
bearings, wheel bearings, ect.


> From: QSHIPQ at
> Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 22:02:48 EDT
> To: brett at, peschulz at, Djdawson2 at
> Cc: brianl at, 200q20v at
> Subject: Re: Front spring removal
> That doesn't apply to the 44 chassis cars Brett.  You can easily and safely
> remove the top nut on any 44 chassis car without using a spring compressor,
> in fact that's how you service the strut with spring in place.  The
> 90/80/4k/urq might be a different story.  I say "might" cuz it really depends
> on the spring installed.  Stock 99inWB stock springed cars can remove the
> castle nut, you just need to push down hard on the upper spring perch while
> removing (since it's 200some lbs of force to move that inch, it's not the
> recommended procedure, the family jewels are in jeapardy).
> Over the years, I've tried many tricks for removing springs on McP strut cars
> without removing the strut.  It *can* be done, several ways, none of which
> really save you a lot of time in the long run (well, I did do the Deltec
> trick once with great success).  There is a lot of energy in a spring.
> Certainly enough in the 90 series cars to shoot a/your castle nut with
> extreme prejudice.  Since the early days of nut-firing, I've acquired both
> the clamshell spring compressor and the wall mounted wheel type, which really
> makes "on car" procedures less attractive.
> That said, there are many ways that this can be done on a 91 200, few of them
> as safe or ultimately as quick as just taking the strut out.  I bow to all
> that have tried, it's not easy nor pretty, nor recommended.  Certainly
> doable.
> Scott Justusson
> In a message dated 5/7/02 3:22:00 PM Central Daylight Time, brett at
> writes:
> I remember Phil Payne posting about a fellow who removed the top
> castle nut without using a spring compressor, thinking "car's on the
> lift, it'll be fine."  I believe he said post-commotion, the hood had
> a -very- large dent, they found the castle nut embedded in the wall,
> and they never found the wrench.
> Brett
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