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I need to change my front springs as one has snapped and the other doesn't look in the best of shapes. Is this a fairly easy job? It's an 03 reg 1.4l. I'm going to be changing the drop links at the same time.

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I had a look in my Haynes manual and it looks pretty straightforward - it's difficulty rating is only 3/5 spanners.

You should get yourself a spring compressor tool if you don't already have one, so you can compress the springs in a controlled manner to get them in and out. You should take lots of care doing this though, as the energy stored up in a compressed car spring can quite easily kill.

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On 3/29/2016 at 5:14 PM, Sergeantcookie said:

I have managed to get the shock out which was quite easy. The hard bit is getting the mount off now to take the spring off.

The garage I took it to couldn't get it off, it was fixed solid. They tried for an hour, so they said! Resulted in me having completely new front suspension, so beware that!

I think I've read that Ford dealers have a specialist tool for this, but I've not had that confirmed, or seen one for general sale.

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My mrs car went in the garage yesterday so I was cheeky and asked them if they could remove it of which they did. Spent 6 hours today trying to put the new spring on and turns out it was for a mondeo. No wonder I couldn't compress it anywhere near enough to get it in. Getting it replaced for hopefully the correct one on monday and spend next saturday trying to put it all back together.

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I had a look in my Haynes manual and it looks pretty straightforward - it's difficulty rating is only 3/5 spanners.

You should get yourself a spring compressor tool if you don't already have one, so you can compress the springs in a controlled manner to get them in and out. You should take lots of care doing this though, as the energy stored up in a compressed car spring can quite easily kill.

In the manual does it mention anything about having to take the hub off?

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2 hours ago, Sergeantcookie said:

In the manual does it mention anything about having to take the hub off?

I'll be able to have a look for you later this evening

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No you dont, just undo the pinch bolt at bottom of strut then tap the hub down leaving the strut still attatched at the top, then undo the 3 nuts and remove.

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Basically the same as what Ian said - Haynes says "Unscrew and remove the strut-to-hub pinch-bolt (noting that it is fitted from in front), then tap the hub downwards to free it from the base of the strut..."

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Compressing springs with cheap compressors takes ages, I tend to ask a local garage to do it for me for a fiver these days lol.  Takes away the potential of a spring through the face as well!! :laugh: 

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Its not the time that's the issue, it's compressing them enough. Now I have been supplied with the correct spring I am hoping all goes well tomorrow and i can get it all back together so i can get the other side done

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