complete, what next?
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: United Kingdom
I've done plenty of springs in the past but not the GTV ............ yet. Here's my top tip; do not jack the car, with the weight of the car (and any additional weight you can add, ie someone sittiing on the wing) still on the spring get 2 small ratchet straps and thread them a couple of times top to bottom of the spring one either side and tighten. As stated before, try to slacken the centre nut off before removing, as once you take the vehecle weight off the strut/damper any remaining spring tension is taken by this nut making it difficult to remove. Remove the three securing screws around the strut top. Then go ahead and jack the vehicle up, remove the road wheel, undo the pinch bolt and remove the strut. Carefully undo the centre nut checking to see that there is no spring tension on the nut and that the straps do not slip round the coils. If the springs are rusty then they tend not to slip, if they are new painted springs then a piece of old cycle inner tube can be wrapped around the spring.
I have also done springs in the past with no straps or compressors; if you remove the centre nut with the weight of the vehicle on the strut and the release the spring tension by jacking the vehicle up. Fitting is reverse, using the vehicle weight to compress the spring. Probably the safest method I've used as you never hold a tensioned spring.
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