Originally Posted by tacomatrd99
Any tips with the Autozone
one would be appreciated.
They have two types of coil compressors. An inside the coil compressor and an outside the coil compressor. You want the outside one. It's about a $50 deposit that you get back when you return it.
Take the screws out of the compressors and grease them a little. It takes a lot of torque to compress them so you don't need any binding making it even harder.
While the screws are out, put the claws in the coils. Two on each side of the coil 180* away from each other. You don't want to pinch one side more than the other. If you did, you'd still have pressure on the side you're not compressing not to mention the unbalanced pressure is dangerous.
Get the claws as close to the top and bottom of the coil as possible so that you are compressing the whole spring. If you are only pinching a few coils in the middle, the outer ones continue to expand and retain pressure on the plate.
When tightening, don't tighten one side much more than the other. You want to keep the pressure on the compressors balanced. I do about three turns on one side then do the same on the other side. Back and forth, back and forth.
If you have or can borrow an impact gun, use it! It turns a nightmare arm burner into a quick and easy job.
I keep the coil perpendicular to myself when compressing. If it does slip, the pieces will go flying away from me and into the walls of the garage, not at me.