Originally Posted by trdracing5
Coil compressors were only a pic but I think the local auto parts rents out the same type. Is there a better type that I should look for?
Those compressors are just fine if you use them wisely. I've used them several times. Here are some tips:
1. Grease the threads. It takes a lot of torque to compress the coils and you don't want thread binding to make it even worse.
2. Make sure the compressors are on exact opposite sides of the coil. Squeezing too much on one side won't ever give good compression (Not to mention the danger of it possibly slipping out.)
3. Take the claws off the bolts, work them as close to the top and bottom of the coils as possible, and put the bolts back in. Just squeezing a few coils in the middle won't really get you anywhere because the outer coils will continue to expand.
4. Compress the two sides equally. I personally do 3 turns this side, 3 turns that side. Back and forth, back and forth. This keeps the pressure evenly distributed for both ease and safety.
5. If you have, or can borrow, an impact wrench, use it!!! It turns and arm burning hour into a ten minute breeze.