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    Default How to get the rear springs out?

    got my new spring now. just to put them on. but, yes ther is a but, how do i get the rear spring out?

    it would be nice if someone has pictures to show me.

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    when a mate done mine on my astra he just pushed the bottom upwards and the popped out( it was up it the air at the time) no special tools needed, dont know if its the same on a veccy tho!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgey1977 View Post
    when a mate done mine on my astra he just pushed the bottom upwards and the popped out( it was up it the air at the time) no special tools needed, dont know if its the same on a veccy tho!!
    That needs doing by someone who knows how, gotta really careful with springs, if one pops at you it could kill you.

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    The front springs should be the problem


    as for the rear, GSi3.2 done mine in seconds he just jacked the car up and they came out really easy(just pull) but the fronts were much more involved.

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    I know that compressed springs is dangerus. done this many times before. the front is not the problem. thatīs just a mcpherson. itīs the rear thatīs the problem. even if i loosen the antiroll-bar i canīt ge the spring out. ther is one more option. and that is to take out the bult from the lower bushing. but it is very tense. not a funny job to put it togheter again.

    sorrry for my bad english, time to time.

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    Just jack one side at a time, so the other side it extended and they should come out. Failing that, you can jack the opposite side, clamp or grip the compressed spring and then swap the jack over to the side you griped and the spring should fall out.

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    yeah, that might work! gonna try that when i´m in the garage next time.

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    Sorry, the side you jack will extend and the other compress but you know what I mean.

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    I've not looked at the rear springs on the veccy but one spring recently cracked (and a bit fell out whilst driving!!) on my corsa. I used the following method:

    1) Chock the front wheels
    2) Loosen wheel nuts on rear wheels
    3) Jack the rear of the car up and support both sides with axle stands
    4) Remove the rear wheels
    5) Support the trailing arm at one end with a jack and remove lower bolt from suspension strut.
    6) Repeat 5) above for other side, supporting it with the standard car jack (to prevent one side being unsupported and putting excess strain on the other)
    7) Lower the trailing arm on one side to the point where the spring will just drop out (watch brake cables do not become excessively strained). Replace with new spring (noting orientation). Jack trailing arm back up and replace lower strut bolt.
    8) Repeat 7) for other side.
    9) Replace wheels
    10) Lower the car

    I had to remove both strut bolts at the same time as on the corsa the arm won't drop enough if the other side is still bolted together. Therefore I undid both so I could lower the other side enough until the spring dropped out.

    That worked like a charm on the Corsa.
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    I would not remove the strut bolts if possible as the Vectra is prone to wear there, so best to avoid encouraging it.

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