Having problems with your 2002 Ford Explorer ?
Struct replacement. Do I need to use a spring compressor?
\015 Do I need to use a spring compressor to change struts on a 2002 ford explorer?\015
Any strut you need to compress the spring before you crack that top center bolt its potentially dangerous dummies been hospitalized from flying springs get a good compress not super squeezed get the resistance off the nut just a half inch gap then take off spring load spring and when you load look at the bottom of the spring has a cut on the coil seat it right the coil sits the cut end on the bottom seat ....
On some models there are true struts. If you cannot access the shock absorber (the cylinder piece in the center of the spring) from the top, then that is truely a strut. In that case the answer is yes, you will need to compress the springs because these are large spring steel pieces that physically is uncompressable by hand. If you do not compress these springs you run the risk of serious injury and possibly death. I always recommend using a "rent-a-tool" program from your local auto parts house. Hope this helps, good luck!
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