1992 Dodge Dakota shock, spring problem

Tiny
GATORCHIN
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  • 1992 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 18,000 MILES
While removing the left shock, I had the lower control arm jacked up, (brake calipers, spindle, etc were removed for ball joint replacement), I loosened the top nut on the shock the the pressure when it came off caused the spring to come unseated a few inches on the bottom, then the shock was pulled down and is sitting sideways in the spring, the spring is sideways inside the shock. Will I have to remove the lower control arm to get all this fixed right.
Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 7:06 PM

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Tiny
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You're lucky you didn't get hurt. You need to get a coil spring compressor, compress the coil and get it back into place.

Be careful. I've see those things shoot across the shop and I know they could have killed someone if they were hit the wrong way.
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 11:59 AM
Tiny
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First, thanks for the positive feed back. Let me know if you have other questions. Also, you should be able to get the coil spring compressor from a nationally recognized parts store. Most lend them.

Take care,
Joe
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Monday, November 1st, 2010 AT 8:09 PM

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