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Removal of rear spring - which side to undo?

Regarding removal of the rear springs, what's the best side to drop?

Right now I have the 2 bolts that connect the hub to the outside of the arm out.

The shock is out.

The jack is underneath the arm, and I'm about to lower it.

With the arm dropped as far as it'll go, will the spring come out nicely, or will it fly out and bounce around my garage?

Reason I ask, is that I'm 99% sure the bolts that hold the LCA to the body won't come out without a huge fight - and I don't want to fool around with them.

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You're doing it the correct way. The spring shouldn't shoot out, it may even take a little persuasion to get it over the spring cup in the lower control arm. This is the way that I've always changed rear springs.

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So it won't sproing out if I push down on the LCA once the jack has been lowered?

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I've never had one shoot out, the spring should be fully extended by the time you lower the jack all of the way.

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It's not going to shoot out at you. With the jack lowered and the lca pushed down, the spring should be fully decompressed. Like racecougar said, at this point the spring will need a little persuasion to come out of the lca. I used a long pipe I had laying around and with the right leverage the spring popped right out.


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Oh yeah, both sides popped out real nicely!

I simply lowered the jack after disconnecting the swaybar endlinks, and noticed how the springs were at maximum compression. Then I just pushed the LCA with my foot and wiggled the spring out.

Now if only the fronts were that easy .

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i thought the front were very easy.. just workin on the backs

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i thought the front were very easy.. just workin on the backs
Removing the fronts as a spring/shock assembly is easy. However, removing the spring from the shock requires a spring compressor, unlike the rear springs.

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