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Remove front coil springs 75-91 E-150 #733811
March 07th 2018 5:57 pm
March 07th 2018 5:57 pm
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I believe the front coil springs on my 89 E150 are worn out (thirty years of hard use is a good long life for springs) and I want to replace them. I am always leery of coil springs and the coil spring compressors I have used. Is there a safer/easier way to remove the coil springs? Like, can I remove the brake caliper, secure it out of the way, unbolt the radius arm, then just jack the van up by the frame and let the I beam dangle until the spring just falls out? Anybody else have a suggested method of removal? Thanks.



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Re: Remove front coil springs 75-91 E-150 [Re: Reed] #733824
March 07th 2018 8:40 pm
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Hey, i used the coil spring compressor that they load at oreilly's and it worked very well. I was initially quite freaked out but it went off rather easily and without any problems. actually one of the easier things i've done.


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Re: Remove front coil springs 75-91 E-150 [Re: Reed] #733825
March 07th 2018 8:47 pm
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Thanks, Niko. I have done coil springs before on cars with Macpherson struts, and I was always nervous because it just seemed like the spring compressor was too weak to hold the spring. Maybe a van will be different.

Coil springs are cheap! $70 for a pair instead of $400 for a pair like the leaf springs were.


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Re: Remove front coil springs 75-91 E-150 [Re: Reed] #734869
April 08th 2018 8:39 pm
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On all the ones I have ever done I just pull the retainer clip at the top and jack the frame up to pull all the weight off the axles. Usually fall right out.

Re: Remove front coil springs 75-91 E-150 [Re: Reed] #734870
April 08th 2018 10:17 pm
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Cool, thanks. I might get to it this week, but my work schedule will be the determining factor.


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