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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
 
3.6

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (14)
  • Good grip (7)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home (11)
  • Minor repairs (9)
  • Automotive repair shop (6)
  • Regular maintenance (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (5), Casual driver (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (11), Casual driver (6), Mechanic (3)

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 32 customers

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1.0

Could not get to fit both hooks to fit on coil completely.

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from London, ky

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Comments about AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor:

Could not get it to fit on the coil completely. Because of this I had one slip off 3 times half way into compressing the spring. Also the washers that go between the adjustment end and the clamp broke and came off during use. Very dangerous tool.

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5.0

Very heavy duty compressors. Great for small/midsize cars.

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from Duluth, MN

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3 or more reviews submitted

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Grip

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Automotive Repair Shop

    Comments about AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor:

    I used the 10% discount to get these clamps for about $35.00. Great price for a great product.

     
    3.0

    Works as described.

    By 

    from Michigan

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    3 or more reviews submitted

    Comments about AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor:

    Hooks could be a little less wide. Didn't work too well for my application.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    the very minimum to do the job

    By 

    from Dorado, PR

    About Me Auto Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

      • Hook Try To Twistoff Spri
      • Washer Flewoff Onfirstuse

      Best Uses

      • Minor Repairs

      Comments about AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor:

      Kind of a pain to use, the lender spring compressor are better quality and safer to use. An advance Auto employee sold me this tool when I ask for a rental spring compressor saying that I buy the tool and after using it I could return it for a refund. A week later the store manager tells me I cant return it because it not a lender tool. So now Im stuck with a subpar tool, Thanks Advance Auto store#01146 you got me good.

      (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      not recommended for trucks

      By 

      from Hartford, CT

      About Me Truck Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Affordable

      Cons

      • Limited Function

      Best Uses

      • Sparingly

      Comments about AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor:

      Good quality/strong tool, Very risky to use this on a Ford F150 4X4. Only one hook per side engaged with the large coil spring from the truck. The lock washers self-destructed as others have mentioned. Definitely must use oil or anti-seize on the threads as others have mentioned. If you are desperate, this tool will work on trucks & SUVs, but I would not recommend it.

      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Worked for 97 Civic LX

      By 

      from Waterbury, CT

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      Comments about AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor:

      I had to use this coil compresser on my 1997 Civic LX sedan because the rental compressor from the other big box store was too big and so I couldn't easily get the strut and all it's components into the coil.
      This compressor does its job from the outside of the coil which made it a snap to insert the new strut and components.
      One problem however is that I couldn't safely get both "teeth" on each clamp and so I only had one tooth compressing the coil on each end. Because of this make I had to make sure the opposing rods were pretty much 180 degrees apart on the coil otherwise they'll bend the coil in a crooker pattern. It seemed questionable but with a little 3 in 1 oil it cranked down without much trouble. Speaking of which there is a built in 1/2 in. female socket hole so you can take a nice big ratchet to it or an adapter fitted to a drill.
      Like the others mentioned drop the included lock washers and get flat washers with a little 3 in 1 oil.

      (6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Be sure to check spring diameter!

      By 

      from Hazard, Ky

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      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.

        (15 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Does the job

        By 

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Casual Driver

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        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.

          (14 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice

          By 

          from Central Square

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          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Minor Repairs

            Comments about AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor:

            Works well no problems

            (9 of 16 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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              9 Questions | 9 Answers
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              • Q:

                Has anyone ever used this compressor to remove the springs on a 73 C3 corvette.
                Asked on 10/31/2016 by Bill from Naperville IL

                1 answer

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                  A:

                  Hi Bill, happy to help you! This AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor (Part No. AC500/W80554) is universal and not vehicle specific. This tool is designed to safely compress coil springs for a simple installation and it feature tempered chromoly steel jaws and have an adjustable range from 8 1/4 in. to 14 in. tall. This tool slide inside of the coil spring, which makes for easy installation on the vehicle, as well as quick removal of the tool once the coil spring is in place. Not designed for models with struts.

                  Answered on 11/2/2016 by Steve from AAP
              • Q:

                will this item work with the 2002 chevy cavalier?
                Asked on 3/16/2016 by cris from germantown, md

                1 answer

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                  A:

                  Hi Cris, happy to help you! This AutoCraft Coil Spring Compressor (Part No. AC500/W80554) is universal and not vehicle specific. This tool is designed to safely compress coil springs for a simple installation and it feature tempered chromoly steel jaws and have an adjustable range from 8 1/4 in. to 14 in. tall. This tool slide inside of the coil spring, which makes for easy installation on the vehicle, as well as quick removal of the tool once the coil spring is in place. Not designed for models with struts.

                  Answered on 3/17/2016 by Steve from AAP
              • 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

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                  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

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                  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

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                  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

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                  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

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                  A:

                  Yes, It goes inside the coil spring.

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