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AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor

Part No. AC500/W80554 Warranty Details  
Quickly remove and install coiled springs

Product Features:
  • Safety hooks prevent accidental release
  • Tempered carbon steel jaws
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Forged Hooks:Yes
Heat Treated:Yes
Instructions Included:No
Length:250 mm
MacPherson Strut Use:Yes
Pneumatic Tool Use:No

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AutocraftCoil Spring Compressor
 
3.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Good grip (6)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Limited function (3)

Best Uses

  • Home (11)
  • Minor repairs (8)
  • Automotive repair shop (5)
  • Regular maintenance (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (5), Casual driver (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (9), Casual driver (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great price and wonderful quality

Most of problem in my car were fixed by my hands. In this time, all of suspension needed to replace. This spring compressor just compress a spring in order to replace a shock...Read complete review

Most of problem in my car were fixed by my hands. In this time, all of suspension needed to replace. This spring compressor just compress a spring in order to replace a shock absorber. You need to extension unit of the wrench for using it easy. It was nice price to purchase with discount coupons comparing with any other online seller. [...]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good but not great

I purchased these to replace the shocks on my '02 sebring convertible. No safety hooks came in the box even though the website said it came with them. Immediately, with moderate tension,...Read complete review

I purchased these to replace the shocks on my '02 sebring convertible. No safety hooks came in the box even though the website said it came with them. Immediately, with moderate tension, the washers on the compressor partially broke making it difficult to twist the compressor because they jammed against the compressor. Once they completely broke free, the compressor worked better, however, the washers were there for a reason so I am wondering if I should return them.

One tip is to make 100% sure the compressors are exactly opposite each other on the spring otherwise you create more tension on one side and with all that energy compressed in that spring, it will try to release it in any direction it can. The first time I did this, they were opposite but not exactly opposite. I had to take them both off, reposition them carefully, then repeat the compression.

One nice feature is you can take the bottom hook off the compressor so you can slip the compressor into the strut assembly, then reassemble the compressor. This saves the time of dismantling the strut assembly too.

They are ok for occasionaly home garage use.

Reviewed by 26 customers

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3.0

Be sure to check spring diameter!

By 

from Hazard, Ky

About Me Auto Enthusiast, Truck Enthusiast

Level 2

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Limited Function

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Minor Repairs

    Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

    I bought this in desperation for a project. I was changing the wheel bearings and CV axle on my 2002 Jeep Liberty and figured I'd go ahead and change the shock/strut while I had everything apart. The tool seems heavy enough to do the job, and after reading other reviews I removed the lock washers (you really should get flat washers to replace them). The major issue was that the spring hooks weren't at the correct angle and too far apart to get both of them on the spring. after having everything already torn down I didn't have much choice but to use them with only one hook engaged on each end which I would not recommend at all. The tool held with little to no deflection, but it was a nerve racking experience. Secondly, the lock washers. Who puts lock washers on a tool that's going to have that much pressure on it?! Geez folks! I didn't have any flats to replace them with, so I used it without them. The hooks are hardened, so that meant that the head of the drive screw galled against it, even with never-seize on it. It's hard telling what damage would have been done if I had left the locks on there. Again, you really need to replace the locks with flats, and check that this tool will properly engage the spring coils. Overall it is a pretty good tool other than these issues if you use it with common sense and tighten each one a little at a time to equalize the load.

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    4.0

    Does the job

    By 

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Casual Driver

    Level 1

    Pros

    • Works

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Automotive Repair Shop
      • Home
      • Spring Removal

      Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

      I have a 99 mazda protege. This was perfect for the springs on that. If you have a heavy duty truck this probably would not work.

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice

      By 

      from Central Square

      About Me Auto Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer
      Level 1

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Minor Repairs

        Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

        Works well no problems

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good tool for the money

        By 

        from pennsylvania

        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Grip

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Minor Repairs
          • Regular Maintenance

          Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

          changed several struts on mid size and compact cars....did the job without a hitch..couldn't ask for anything better ... tool still works like new ..I did change the lock washers that came with the tool and used flat washers instead ...a lot smoother operation with the flat washers

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not impressed.

          By 

          from Southeast AL.

          About Me Back Yard Shop Mechanic

          Helpful Reviewer

          Pros

          • Ok On Lightsmall Coils

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

            I am using this tool for Jeep lift kit coil springs. The spring grips are not stagered and do not fully grip the coil spring. Both grips do not fully set onto the spring as the spring is compressed. It may work fine on a lighter passenger car coil spring.

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great product and worked good on my job.

            By 

            from charlestown,r.i.

            About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

            Verified Buyer
            Level 1

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Automotive Repair Shop
              • Home
              • Minor Repairs
              • Regular Maintenance

              Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

              it is small enough to get in tight places and strong enough to handle stiff springs. it is priced lower than other compressors and is made as good.it is a tool that will last a long time .

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              good for the price

              By 

              from il

              About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

              Verified Buyer
              Level 2

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Grip
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Minor Repairs

                Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

                If your looking to replace your struts or shocks your self, these are very good for the money, they're very ease to use either wit hand tools or power tools. They work very good. I use it to replace mine on a passat and they work good. If you never use them before you can alwayas contact the store or online, they're very knowledgable about the products they sell. always be safe first since compresing springs can be very dangerous.I did not found anything bad about this product at all. Advance auto parts is the place to shop.

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                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                not the best but does the job fine

                By 

                from philadelphia

                About Me Auto Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer
                Helpful Reviewer

                Pros

                • It works fine

                Cons

                • Washer breaks

                Best Uses

                • Minor Repairs
                • Regular Maintenance

                Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

                i used it with an impact gun for fast compression it works fine for changing out shocks or lowering springs but the washer breaks for no reason but is still usuable although not sure if that effects safety or not. not bad for [$]but im sure same quality can be had on[@] for less if u waited as i didnt have patience to wait.

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                (39 of 71 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Coil Spring Compressor

                By 

                from CentralArkansas

                About Me Casual Driver

                Verified Buyer
                Level 2

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

                  Needs four hands to properly use this - would be better if there were pins to keep the 'hooks' on the spring coil. Awkward if only one person working.

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                  (33 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Only a few uses till its done

                  By 

                  from Austin

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 2

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Bolts bent on first use
                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor:

                      The bolts bent slightly after the first use which made it difficult to use it for the other side. It didn't brake but it was scetchy the whole time.

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                      • Q:

                        This is probably going to sound stupid, but do these require you to use a impact gun to tighten or can it be done by hand?
                        Asked on 1/28/2015 by Xander from Ottawa

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          I'm glad to assist, Xander! To properly use this Autocraft Coil Spring Compressor (Part No. AC500/W80554), hand tools are recommended.

                          Answered on 1/28/2015 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Will this spring compressor work on a 2005 chevy silverado, 1500, extended cab, 6 cyl
                        Asked on 7/25/2014 by Dave from fl

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Hi Dave, happy to assist you! This is universal and is not specifically made for your vehicle. It is not designed for models with struts. It features a 12 inch long adjusting rod with 8 1/4 inch to 14 inch jaw opening range.

                          Answered on 7/26/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        can this be used on a Subaru forester?
                        Asked on 5/26/2014 by mott

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Hi Mott, glad to assist you! This part can be used on your Subaru Forester. However, this part is universal and not vehicle specific.

                          Answered on 5/27/2014 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        What is process of Coil spring compressor ?
                        Asked on 1/24/2014 by Raj from mumbai

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Hi Raj, glad to assist you! Identify the four components of the coil spring compressor. First is the threaded rod which runs the length of the compressor. Second, identify the tightening nut located at the end of the threaded rod. The remaining two parts are the jaws of the compressor. The jaws are threaded onto the threaded rod and face each other. Raise the front of the vehicle with a suitable jack. Support the vehicle with jack stands capable of supporting the weight of the vehicle. Fold both jaws of the coil spring compressor so that they fit against the threaded rod. Lower the coil spring compressor through the center of the coil spring. The end of the coil spring compressor that does not have the tightening nut goes into the coil spring first. Retract each coil spring compressor jaw so that they grasp onto the coils of the spring. Turn the tightening nut located on top of the coil spring compressor in a clockwise direction with a wrench to compress the coil spring. Once the coil spring is compressed, remove the spring with the compressor still attached from the bottom of the vehicle. Carefully turn the tightening nut of the compressor in a counterclockwise direction to release the coil spring from the coil spring compressor.

                          Answered on 1/25/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        can this tool also be used as a spreader, by reversing the ends. I am looking for a small tool that works as a spreader.
                        Asked on 4/14/2012 by Anonymous from Jacksonville , Florida

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Please refer to this OTC Spreader Part number OTC9101A that may help for your project.

                          Answered on 4/15/2012 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        What is the length?
                        Asked on 9/10/2011 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          It is between 18 inches and 2 ft.

                          Answered on 9/16/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
                      • Q:

                        can these be attached to the inside of a coil spring where the shock would be?
                        Asked on 2/5/2011 by Joe

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Yes, It goes inside the coil spring.

                          Answered on 5/18/2011 by Just Ask Jacob! from AAP
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