I have a diy in the faq section... lemme see if I can fint it. It covers the front springs and front and rear struts, the rear springs should be fairly selfexplanatory if you can get the front ones done.
Just make sure that you use the locking wrench thing, incase you do have to grab the spring, you don't want your hand inbetween the coils just in case. Your first time through it should take you maybe 4 hours to do all four corner of the car. The rears are simple. Take the wheels off and then find something, like a jack, and put it under your brake thingy, try to find a nice solid part in the center, not something attactched to it. and then take off enough bolts that you can lower it down enough to pull the rear springs out. Then put the new ones in, jack the brake and all that back up and then re attatch, sorry I don't have pictures, and don't have a better explanation of what to do, it's been over a month since I've done it. As you can see from the tools and lift used, I was at my mechanics shop when doing this, so I got to used compressed air powered tools, it was real nice. Almost cheating really.
can't u just use the hand wrench type of spring compressers. When i lifted my Landrover i just used two of those in each spring. as long as you tighten them and loosen them evenly switching off every other rotation its' not that dangerous. r the e36 springs too small for this to work?
Originally posted by LivinFast67@Aug 3 2004, 09:49 PM can't u just use the hand wrench type of spring compressers. When i lifted my Landrover i just used two of those in each spring. as long as you tighten them and loosen them evenly switching off every other rotation its' not that dangerous. r the e36 springs too small for this to work?
You just take the whole strut houseing out completely, then you can use any type of compressor that you want. The hand/wrench ones just take a while and a lot of elbow grease. But yeah you could, but I really would take them off of the car first, in fact you can't replace the front springs with out taking them out of the car completely, housing and everything.
Originally posted by bigred318@Aug 4 2004, 02:39 PM nice j ust hope i dont kill myself while i am trying to do this!
if you do I'll come to your funeral and appologize and tell them all that its my fault... the only catch is you have to let me know when it is.
Just be safe, use a locking wrench if you are really worried about it, do it outside so that if the spring does come off quickly (it won't if you are careful) it will fly away prolly never to be seen from again instead of bouncing off of a wall and killing you. besides that don't compress your finger... ie use teh locking wrench. and no problems at all.
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