Strut Coil Spring Compressor
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AutoCraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor

Part No. AC838/W80555 Warranty Details  
Removes and installs springs quickly and safely when repairing struts.

Product Features:
  • Heavy-duty clamps hold springs securely in place
  • Suitable for most domestics
  • Zinc plated to resist rust and corrosion
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Type:Spring compressor
Impact:No
What's Included:Spring compressor

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AutocraftStrut Coil Spring Compressor
 
3.6

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (9)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Good grip (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (8)
  • Automotive repair shop (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (3), Casual driver (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This product works great

This product worked great. Was very easy to use and compressed the springs making strut removal and installation simple. This was the first time I had removed and installed struts and everything worked...Read complete review

This product worked great. Was very easy to use and compressed the springs making strut removal and installation simple. This was the first time I had removed and installed struts and everything worked great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Good

Pitch is small. Powerful but slow.

U-shape bolts do not work well.

You need to secure 8 nuts total.

This system does not properly align...Read complete review

Pitch is small. Powerful but slow.

U-shape bolts do not work well.

You need to secure 8 nuts total.

This system does not properly align with strut in parallel. It will be twisted as you compress.

I recommend hook type compressor.

Reviewed by 15 customers

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poorly Designed

By 

from Frederick, MD

Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

This coil compressor is very time consuming and awkward to use with an annoying propensity to twist when compressing. Most annoying are the off-sized tightening nuts which do not seem to be a standard metric or english size. Go figure. This compressor made compressing the coils the most challenging part of the project. That shouldn't be. I went ahead and used this compressor on a complete set of 4 struts since I had it and was in the middle of the project. But . . . I will never use again, nor recommend them to anyone.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

"Slow but Steady"

By 

from New city,New York

About Me Retired mechanic

Verified Buyer
3 or more reviews submitted

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Grip
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Slow Set Up

Best Uses

  • Home

Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

Takes a while to setup ,but worth the time while dealing with safety!

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Autocraft Strut spring Compressor

By 

from Pensacola, fl

About Me Auto Enthusiast

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Verified Buyer
Level 4

Pros

    Cons

    • Not The Best

    Best Uses

      Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

      This tool did the job, but it's not the strongest one available and desn't quite have the reach it should. Took a couple attempts to get it to compress far enough to remove the springs off a strut. Ok if your only going to use it once, but plan on a little effort above a better tool.

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It did the job at a reasonable price

      By 

      from Hoffman Estates, IL

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Truck Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer
      Helpful Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Inexpensive
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Automotive Repair Shop
        • Home

        Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

        This tool worked perfectly for compressing the springs on the MacPherson Struts so we could take them apart and change them. Because the tool clamps onto the spring with U-bolts, there is no chance of it slipping off. I had never disassembled a MacPherson Strut before this, so I wasn't sure which tool to get. I saw several that were more than twice the price of this one, but I ended up choosing this one because I saw it had good reviews. I am glad I chose this one, becuase it did the job perfectly and safely.

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        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        works great

        By 

        from Warwick, RI

        Helpful Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Automotive Repair Shop
          • Home

          Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

          worked great to replace 91 crx si coil springs. Not bulky so fits in tightly wound coils.

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          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worked Great

          By 

          from Alton IL

          3 or more reviews submitted

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Grip

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

              Locked on well and compressed coil with ease. Used it on all four coils without a single hitch.

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              (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Works Well for the Price

              By 

              from Barre, VT

              About Me Casual Driver

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer
              Level 3

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • No directions

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

              This tool worked well for its intended purpose. Could come with directions and some tips on how to use it correctly. But, overall I'm satisfied with the tool.

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              (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Simple and safe

              By 

              from Woodstock, GA

              About Me Auto Enthusiast, Former Mechanic

              Pros

              • Safe
              • Simple
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Coil Springs
              • Struts

              Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

              Spring compressors are a major safety issue. This particular model won't slip off the coil because of the threaded U bolts that hold it all in place. The design adds a little bit of bulk, but worked OK for the Accord I was fixing. Just took a little wiggling to get the strut off the car. The extra minute or two it takes to fasten this model is totally worth it because of the safety it provides. You NEVER want a spring compressor to slip off while you're working on a strut...it's very dangerous. This model will not slip off.

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              (32 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              This product works great

              By 

              from Arkansas

              About Me Casual Driver

              Level 3

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Grip
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Minor Repairs
                • Regular Maintenance

                Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

                This product worked great. Was very easy to use and compressed the springs making strut removal and installation simple. This was the first time I had removed and installed struts and everything worked great.

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                (33 of 62 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                pretty decent

                By 

                from north carolina

                About Me Eurowrench, Mechanic

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Slow setup

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Autocraft Strut Coil Spring Compressor:

                works well, takes time to set up, but it is very secure and safe and pretty hard to mess up such that it would hurt a person or machine. I question the long term durability but for [$] what can one expect these days. If you have a vehicle with very large diameter wire for the coils the u-bolts may not fit. Keep an eye to aligning them parallel to each other when installing, the u-bolt design is a plus in this respect such that you can lock the compressor in position.

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                • Q:

                  can this tool be rented?
                  Asked on 10/24/2010 by Anonymous from Becket Ma

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    It should be able to.

                    Answered on 10/25/2010 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                • Q:

                  Will this work on a maxima front spring
                  Asked on 7/10/2010 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    If used properly, it should.

                    Answered on 7/11/2010 by Mike from AAP
                • Q:

                  Will this work for a strut on a 1997 chevrolet cavalier ? Can you use it while the strut is on the car ?
                  Asked on 3/24/2010 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    For a better example of how to use this tool, check out the Advance Know How tab of our website. There will be a link for Video Clinics where you can find a video for shocks and struts. This video will show you how to use it.

                    Answered on 4/29/2010 by Mike from AAP
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