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Old 07-05-2012, 12:29 AM   #1
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Which spring compressor works for the back of the focus?

My brother changed all his shock a few weeks ago his went pretty quick (toyota scion) he didnt remove his back coils though.

He used an outside type spring compressor (strut type) we rented this one for mine but it didnt seem to fit right for the rear.

We exchanged it for the "snap-on" compressor it has that big fork you slip into the bottom of the coil.

The center bolt seems to long. We couldnt get the coil to compress before the bolt bottoms out at the top. If the bolt was half the length it would work but it was a rental so we didnt want to hack it up.

Which sprin compressor works for sure for the back of the focus?

The snap-on one we rented seems to be for coils 2X longer then whats on the back of my 07 ZX3

W even tried to shim a bunch of large collars but we couldnt find enough to shorten the length enough to work.


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Old 07-05-2012, 12:56 AM   #2
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Don't need a compressor, just a jack.

Remove the lower control arm bolt, insert spring, use jack to jack up lower control arm and line it up, re-insert bolt and you're done!
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:36 AM   #3
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I installed camber bolts last spring remove these?

Im in a wheelchair so i cant get down on the floor and get a close look at whats going on so i have to do all the research and try and explain it to my brother so he can do it.

I might try and get some pictures if we try it tomorrow. He might be a little hung over though from the holiday might be friday
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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The camber bolts should be in the upper control arms. You don't need to touch these. Neptune is correct, place a jack under the lower control arm, remove the lower shock bolt/nut, then remove the control arm to hub bolt. Lower the jack, pull spring out. It's pretty straight forward. The catch is that the lower control arm bolt can seize/rust to the metal sleeve in the bushing and can be a bugger to get out. This can sometimes lead to replacing the entire control arm as its faster and costs about the same as cutting out and replacing the bushings.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:58 PM   #5
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if i cant get em out ill just get a compressor and cut the bolt.

It shouldnt be bad its an 07 with only 50k but i do live in missouri where the weather is always changing.

They love to dump salt and sand on our roads.
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Hammer + WD40 are your friend. Also make sure you are putting a bit of pressure on the control arm (with a jack) to make sure it's not adding any resistance.
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Also if you have a rear sway bar don't forget to unbolt it from the lower control arm. As far as undoing the lower control arm from the hub that's your choice. We haven't done that on any of the 4+ drops we've done here in our local group.
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Also if you have a rear sway bar don't forget to unbolt it from the lower control arm. As far as undoing the lower control arm from the hub that's your choice. We haven't done that on any of the 4+ drops we've done here in our local group.
how did you do it then?

I dont mind buying the spring compressor tool, but i figured if i could just rent the correct one i wouldnt have to cut it up.

We are going to try and drop the control arm down today see if we can do it that way.
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We figured it out, the first bolt came out pretty easy. The second needed a little more PB blaster then the first one. It was a little more rusted i guess.



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