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Spring compressor for replacing front struts

I'm planning on swapping out my front struts and strut mounts this spring. I want to try and bang this job out quickly so i'm looking ahead and gathering anything I'll need. One thing I don't have is a spring compressor for the front struts.

Can anyone who's done struts comment on the compressor you used and how well it worked? I've been searching around at various compressors and see comments where some claim it doesn't fit the spring or other issues. Uncertain what vehicles they are working on however.

Looking to see what style does work with the '14 taurus front strut so i can buy it (or rent) and have it ready to go.

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May check your parts stores rental programs and/or Harbor Freight Tools.
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May check your parts stores rental programs and/or Harbor Freight Tools.

Yes, but im looking to confirm a style that worked.


When i did inner tie rod ends, some of the parts stores rented a tie rod tool that did not have the correct fitting for the taurus tie rod inner, while some did. I'm looking to avoid the same issue and preemptively confirm what tool does fit the spring properly and works. I'm assuming they all will but hate to have the strut out in my hand and find out i don't have the proper tool for the job.

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I bought some Harbor Freight spring compressors that have worked fine for my Taurus. They were cheaper years ago.


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I want to try and bang this job out quickly so i'm looking ahead and gathering anything I'll need.
Make sure you start soaking every thing with penetrating fluid now. You'll be happy about it when you go to do the job later.

The Harbor Freight spring compressors look nice. Always put safety ahead of price when buying spring compressors.
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Make sure you start soaking every thing with penetrating fluid now. You'll be happy about it when you go to do the job later.

The Harbor Freight spring compressors look nice. Always put safety ahead of price when buying spring compressors.

Always point the strut away from you while working on it in case of a tool failure. Don't set it up right and work directly above it while tightening the compressors or removing the strut piston rod nut.
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I bought some Harbor Freight spring compressors that have worked fine for my Taurus. They were cheaper years ago.


Thanks. Those are the ones i picked up.

Now to get some better weather.

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Have you looked into quick-struts? They sell fairly cheap on rockauto, and it's a way easier job.
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Have you looked into quick-struts?
I just ordered one this morning. It's supposed to be 2 inches shorter so we'll see....



UPDATE:
Just received the 'quick struts'. I returned them immediately as they were the same length as the other Monroe struts, even though the Monroe website claims differently.

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I use the OTC strut tool with the bridge adapter so the coil compresses fully. A bit expensive but I have five cars and the tool has paid for itself, faster then driving to the shop to have the coil swapped out to the new strut. The simple coil compressor will not compress the front coils fully and will slip and you will get hit with it.

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