Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, Spring compressor in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Im Finially going to get to replacing the shocks and struts on my 2K Eldo ESC . Does any one ...
- 07-05-13 02:39 PM #1
Im Finially going to get to replacing the shocks and struts on my 2K Eldo ESC . Does any one know what size spring compressor is required to compress these things . TX
- 07-05-13 04:26 PM #2
Re: Spring compressor
what you need is a STRUT SPRING COMPRESSOR -
a dedicated tool for just that purpose -
there are several designs -
are you planning on buying - renting - borrowing -
google "STRUT SPRING COMPRESSOR" -
to see all the different designs
the elcheapos are a threaded rod with hooks on each side -
we called these SUICIDE CLAMPS -
a "hot-shot-mechanic" I worked with 35 years ago
didn't show the "proper respect" to these dangerous tools -
the clamps slipped - the fully compressed spring shot up from the floor -
and hit the "hot-shot" in the chest -
it didn't kill him - but he was out for a couple weeks with cracked ribs -
to this day - I bet he still has a circle imprinted in his chest -
at my shop - I had a wall-mounted - pneumatic unit - 100% safe -
I used to charge $20
when DIYers brought in the old strut assemblies and new struts -
it took about 10 minutes each to do -
I made money - they were safe - and it was fast -
might be worth calling around to see if anyone will do this -
shops - possibly large auto parts stores with machine shops -
a little more "food for thought" -
here is the MINUMUM tool I would use -
- 07-05-13 05:43 PM #3
Pep Boys has a decent "suicide clamp", with locking slide pins to lock the coils into the hooks.
I'd still recommend finding a shop to do it for you, or spending a bit more money on the tool.
- 07-05-13 11:33 PM #4
- 07-05-13 11:57 PM #5
OEM brand? May be the same tool.
- 07-06-13 11:26 AM #6
Thanks for the replies ive rethought the use of suicide clamps and will seek out a safer tool. I dont think you want to cheap out on this item!
- 07-06-13 11:51 AM #7Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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Changed 4 grand prix struts with clamp tool. Easy. Never felt like I was near death?