Automotive coil springs:

Why you should change your car coil springs – and how to do it yourself.

There are many different types of coil spring suspension setups. Some vehicles have a Macpherson strut-shock assembly, which combines the shock and spring into one unit. Other coil spring suspensions have a divorced coil spring and shock arrangement. Some have the shock through the coil spring but do not require spring removal for shock service.

It is recommended to replace shocks when replacing automotive coil springs. Be extremely careful when working with all types of car coil springs. The energy of a suddenly unleashed compressed coil spring can be dangerous.

Advance Auto Parts has everything you need to get the job done safely, including a complete selection of quality auto parts.

Why you should restore that new car ride with automotive coil springs:

Your coil springs take serious abuse. Every time you hit a bump, go over a rise, or take a corner, your car coil springs take the hit. All that compressing and decompressing eventually takes its toll.

Worn car coil springs cause your car to sag, droop and lose its ability to handle well. Check with your Advance Auto Parts Team Member for proper ride heights for your vehicle.

Changing automotive coil springs; here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coil spring compressor
  • Jack and jack stands
  • Replacement springs
  • Ball joint remover (for front-end service)
  • Pry bar
  • Basic hand tools
  • Gloves
  • Rags

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for replacing car coil springs:

Estimated time required - 3 - 6 Hours

Change your automotive coil springs on your own. Here’s how:

Consult your vehicle's repair manual before beginning. Replacing coil springs can be extremely dangerous. A compressed coil spring stores an incredible amount of energy. Apply and remove a spring compressor s-l-o-w-l-y.

  1. You will need a coil spring compressor for this job. There are different types. This is a thru bolt type, not for use with a Macpherson strut. Check your tool for smooth operation before installing the spring.
  2. The jaws on the coil spring compressor fold in to fit inside the spring. Turning the thru-bolt allows the spring to be slowly compressed and uncompressed.
  3. Remove the brake rotor, caliper and lower ball joint knuckle if necessary. Spring compression may be required. Remove the old spring. Refer to the brake rotor replacement article or Ball Joints brochures.
  4. Install the compressed coil spring between the upper and lower control arms or rear coil seats. Reinstall any components you removed to remove the spring.
  5. Reconnect the upper and lower control arms or coil seats and secure before decompressing the spring.


You may find it helpful to use your floor jack to raise the A-arm back up for connection. S-l-o-w-l-y decompress the spring. Check for proper spring seating. Torque all fasteners to specification.

Go to Advance Auto Parts for the high quality auto parts required for do-it-yourself vehicle maintenance jobs!