There are times when your car just does not look the way you want it to and here is where a lowering springs can help. Lowering your vehicle will make it look a lot different and also improve your drive by making corners easier to turn. You do not want to lower it to the point where the tires rub on the frame, therefore be careful with the size of your lowering spring. You should not try to do this project yourself if you are a novice in car maintenance and mechanics. If you lower the car too much it will scrape on speed bumps as well.
Raise the Car
Activate the emergency brake anytime you jack up your car. The emergency brake will keep the vehicle from rolling when the drive wheels are in the air. Keep the jack stands in the correct position on the frame of the vehicle and jack the front end up.
Take out the Strut and Spring Assembly
Remove the old strut and spring assemblies from your vehicles. For the purpose, use penetrating or softening fluid on the nuts. Once the bolts are soft, detach the wheel from the vehicle. Once done, remove ABS wire from the strut. Now loosen the bolts by removing the rotor and brake caliper. At this point you can easily remove the strut, but ensure that you are removing them in pairs.
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Compress the Spring
Use the spring compressor in compressing the spring. Leave room to use your wrench. Be very meticulous in following the instruction that come with the spring compressor as a compressed spring is under a lot of pressure and you could get seriously injured.
Loosen the Nut at the Top of the Strut
You will have to hold the smaller side of this nut and bolt combo while turning the other side. The larger nut is the nut you will require to turn while holding the smaller one still with a second wrench.
Put the New Spring
Remove the upper spring pad, nut and the spring. Remove the compressor from the older spring so you can use it to compress the new spring. Put the new spring in position on the strut and settle it so that it sits in the indents from the old spring in the spring pad. Change the spring pad and tighten the nut. Make sure the nut is very tight so there is no risk of it coming undone during driving.
Remove the Spring Compressor
Remove the spring compressor and change the strut assembly on the vehicle. You will need to be just as careful when removing the spring compressor as you were when you put it on. The spring will jump a little to settle into position and if you are not paying attention to where your fingers are you could get injured.