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66 gto front coil spring removal and replacement. Can this be done with safely with the motor out of the car? Or does the motor have to be in the car,
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Either way. Just use the proper tools, the correct dis-assembly & installation steps, and lots of caution as a spring can injure or kill you. Not something to play around with.
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I would suggest leaving the engine in. I did it the other way and the spring was less compressed when I started. That meant I had to strap the springs during the removal so I could reposition the spring compressor. If I had it to do it over, I would have done it before I removed the engine.
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I would suggest leaving the engine in. I did it the other way and the spring was less compressed when I started. That meant I had to strap the springs during the removal so I could reposition the spring compressor. If I had it to do it over, I would have done it before I removed the engine.

Since the springs are being changed out, I have a set of torches and simply cut the springs in half and no need to use the spring compressor when removing.

I also think it depends on the spring compressor design used. I did the springs on my 1992 S-10 a couple years back and the first spring compressor I rented simply would not work no matter what I did. I went to another parts store and rented a different brand compressor that they had and it worked as it should and had no problems. So something to consider as well.
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