First you need to be EXTREMELY careful when working with these springs. You can be severely injured if you are not sure what you are doing. The springs are under a lot of pressure and MUST be compressed BEFORE removing any nuts etc.
If you are not sure then take to a shop and have them do for you.
As for your question the pic below is the tools you should be using...they fasten onto the outer part of the spring opposing each other and are locked on. You put the one end as high as you can and the other as low.....the lock pin helps prevent the spring from sliding out of the clamp.
Once installed you turn the bold end to compress a little on one side then the other alternating back and forth EVENLY compressing the spring. Once it is compressed as far as possible there should not be ANY pressure on the upper plate. If there is you dont have it compressed enough.
Once fully compressed THEN you remove the nut and other items, carefully remove spring and carefully place on new strut. install all plates etc and nut to proper torque.
Then you carefully turn the spring tool nuts the opposite way alternating back and forth to expand the spring back into position.
Again, BE CAREFUL AND IF YOU ARE NOT SURE DONT DO IT HAVE A SHOP DO IT FOR YOU. You did the big part you have them removed
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 AT 12:19 AM