1991 Honda Civic installing struts/decomressing coil spring

Tiny
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  • 1991 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 19,450 MILES
Help I can't figure out how to use the rental spring compressor. Can anyone help
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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 AT 11:49 PM

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Tiny
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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.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Coil_Spring_Tool_1.jpg



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

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Sunday, October 4th, 2009 AT 12:19 AM
Tiny
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Hi, I tried a set of these. They were rented from AutoZone and they are much, much larger then my cars springs were meant to handle. I was however ble to force them on after alot of sweat and they work very poorly. Is there any other kind available?
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Sunday, October 4th, 2009 AT 5:48 AM
Tiny
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Well, not that I am aware of unless you check with say, Snap-On. I have used a set like these on many different vehicles hard to put on if you felt like throwing them across the garage well, let's not go that direction anyway they must fit tight and I have even installed compressed but still didnt have them at the highest and lowest point. Frustrating

The spring is at an angle. Theses really aren't, you are compressing a lot in a small area.A lot going on there. Have you ever removed springs other than struts? That's worse. Since they are still on the car, on some you are having to slide the spring tool through the lower control arm then get the highest/lowest point. Not fun.

Again, you might try snap-on but I think this is the what you will find
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Sunday, October 4th, 2009 AT 10:11 AM
Tiny
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Not sure if your model is just the Civic or or the EX or DX etc but here is a recall on the seat belt button you might check into. Call the dealer and provide your VIN number and if it applies they should fix it for free.

FRONT SAFETY BELT BUCKLE RELEASE BUTTON CAN BREAK
NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 95V103001
Related Ref Number(s): 95V103001
ARTICLE BEGINNING
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION
Model(s): 1986 Acura Integra
1986 Acura Legend
1986 Honda Accord
1986 Honda Civic/CRX
1986 Honda Prelude
1987 Acura Integra
1987 Acura Legend
1987 Honda Accord
1987 Honda Civic/CRX
1987 Honda Prelude
1988 Acura Integra
1988 Acura Legend
1988 Honda Accord
1988 Honda Civic/CRX
1988 Honda Prelude
1989 Acura Integra
1989 Acura Legend
1989 Honda Accord
1989 Honda Civic/CRX
1989 Honda Prelude
1990 Acura Integra
1990 Acura Legend
1990 Honda Accord
1990 Honda Civic/CRX
1990 Honda Prelude
1991 Acura Integra
1991 Acura NSX
1991 Honda Accord
1991 Honda Civic/CRX
1991 Honda Prelude
Campaign No: 95V103001
Number of Affected Vehicles: 3700000
Beginning Date of Manufacture: 1985 MAR
Ending Date of Manufacture: 1991 DEC
2-door, 4-door and 5-door passenger vehicles equipped with safety belts made by Takata Corporation.
SYSTEM
Seat belts; belt buckles.
FAULT
Fastener, Thread failure with safety belts made by Takata Corporation.
DESCRIPTION OF DEFECT
The front safety belt buckle release buttons can break. These red plastic release buttons are marked "PRESS." If a button breaks, pieces can fall into the buckle assembly causing the buckle to operate improperly.
CONSEQUENCE OF DEFECT
The safety belts would not provide adequate protection to an occupant in a vehicle crash.
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Owners should promptly check the condition and operation of both front safety belt buckles. Carefully inspect the red release button for any breaks or cracks. Check that both buckles are operating properly by inserting each latch plate into its buckle, tug on the belt to make sure the latch is securely locked, then press the release button. The latch plate should pop out of the buckle when the button is pressed. If either release button shows any sign of breakage or cracking, or if either buckle fails to operate properly, promptly contact your authorized Honda/Acura dealer to schedule an appointment to have the buckle replaced or repaired, free of charge. The manufacturer is developing a remedy designed to prevent the failure of the buttons that are not currently broken.
NOTE
If your vehicle is presented to an authorized dealer at an agreed upon service date and the remedy is not provided free of charge within a reasonable time, please contact Honda/Acura at 1-800-999-1009. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393.
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