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Copyright© 1997 by Harbor Freight Tools®. All rights reserved. No portion of this manual or any artwork contained herein may be reproduced in any shape or form without the express written consent of Harbor Freight Tools. Diagrams within this manual may not be drawn proportionally. Due to continuing improvements, actual product may differ slightly from the product described herein. Tools required for assembly and service may not be included. Manual Revised 11c
6. basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire. Stay alert. Cluttered areas invite injuries. Keep children away from work area. assembly. Approved accessories are available from harbor freight tools. Don’t force the machine or tool. 16. clean. Keep work area clean. Use as a pair only. Page 2 For technical questions. Consider work area conditions. Maintain tools with care. 11. Wear ANSI-approved safety goggles during use. Replacement parts and accessories. 13. Store tool out of children’s reach Store idle equipment. Keep tools sharp and clean for better and safer performance. 3. If there is any doubt. General Safety Warnings 1. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. 5. only use this product to compress strut springs. use only identical replacement parts. wet. Protective gloves and non-skid footwear are recommended when working. It will do the job better and more safely at the rate for which it was intended. Any part that is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced by an authorized service center unless otherwise indicated elsewhere in the instruction manual. and personal injury. use common sense. 8. electric shock. To prevent serious injury and/or property damage. binding of moving parts. mounting. 17. breakage of parts. or poorly lit locations. Don’t use in damp. SKU 3980 . Use eye and ear protection. Don’t expose to rain. Secure spring in place with pins before use. any part that appears damaged should be carefully checked to determine that it will operate properly and perform its intended function. Save This Manual Keep this manual for the safety warnings and precautions. and other conditions that may affect its operation.Specifications Maximum Spring Diameter Maximum Compressible Spring Length Maximum Strut Spring Outside Diameter 5/8 IN. Only use hand tools to tighten/release. operating. Read all instructions before using this tool. 6 IN. 14. Use for intended purpose only. Keep work area well lit. Tighten and release evenly and slowly. Check for alignment of moving parts. Don’t force a small tool or attachment to do the work of a larger industrial tool. and free from oil and grease. machines or equipment. 18. Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry. 7. 9. Don’t use a tool for a purpose for which it was not intended. 10 IN. maintenance and cleaning procedures. do not operate machine. 10. Write the product’s serial number in the back of the manual near the assembly diagram (or month and year of purchase if product has no number). inspection. Don’t operate any tool when you are tired. 15. Check damaged parts. They can be caught in moving parts. please call 1-800-444-3353. Read warning labels on prescriptions to determine if your judgment or reflexes are impaired while taking drugs. Keep handles dry. preventing it from getting caught in machinery. 12. Keep this manual and the receipt in a safe and dry place for future reference. When not in use. Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. Only use accessories intended for use with this tool. 4. Before using any tool. 2. Don’t overreach. Safety Warnings WARNING: When using electric tools. When servicing. Watch what you are doing. Wear restrictive hair covering to contain long hair. Use the right tool. tools should be locked up in a dry location to inhibit rust. Dress properly. Do not operate tool if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Figure 1 – Adjusting the Puller Hook 3. Ideally you will place the Puller Hooks towards the outer ends of the coil spring. REV 10d SKU 3980 For technical questions. WARNING: To prevent serious injury and/ or property damage. 2. inspect the Safety Hooks. There needs to be enough space between the coils for the Puller Hooks to fit between and still allow you enough compression to collapse the spring enough for safe removal. Before each use. as shown in Figure 2. Place the Double Puller Hooks (2) around the strut spring at the spot you identified in Step 2. please call 1-800-444-3353. Examine the strut spring inside the Strut Assembly. as shown in Figure 3. it is assumed you will be removing a strut spring from a MacPherson-style strut assembly which has been removed from the vehicle. You will need to identify areas at each end of the strut spring to attach the Puller Hooks of the Strut Spring Compressor. as shown in Figure 1. Adjust the Puller Hook to fit around the strut spring at the end opposite from Step 4. Double Puller Hook (2) Setup For the purposes of this manual. Remove the Wing Nuts (4) from two of the Safety Hooks (6). Make sure the Strut Spring Compressor is parallel (straight up and down) with the Strut Assembly. Place the Strut Assembly down on a workbench or other solid work surface. Support Bar Nut (9) Figure 2 – Proper Hook Placement 4. and the Puller Hooks on the Strut Spring Compressors. 1. Puller Hook (1) strut spring Double Puller Hook (2) Puller Hook (1) Double Puller Hook (2) Figure 3 – Compressor-Spring Alignment 5. Page 3 . Tighten the Support Bar Nut (9) until it contacts the Puller Hook (1). 7. Do not use if you find any cracks or other damage. 6. Adjust the Support Bar Nut (9) to move the Double Puller Hook (2) to the end of the Support Bar (3). Brackets. only use this product to compress strut springs.Operation Read the ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION section at the beginning of this manual including all text under subheadings therein before set up or use of this product.
Loosen the Support Bar Nuts (9) on the Coil Spring Compressors EVENLY to reduce pressure. 4. Remove the Coil Spring Compressors evenly and place the Puller Hooks further apart on the coil spring in order to compress more of the coil spring. Repeat Steps 2 through 6. then tighten the Support Bar Nut (9) of the other Strut Spring Compressor an equal amount. You can now remove the compressed strut spring. SKU 3980 . 2. Figure 4 – Safety Hook Positioning 8. DO NOT REMOVE the Strut Bearing Nut. WARNING! Always use both Strut Spring Compressors on the same spring. Removing The Strut Springs 1. even if you are immediately replacing the Strut. 3. please call 1-800-444-3353. Begin to tighten the Support Bar Nut (9) on one Strut Spring Compressor as shown in Figure 5. 9. Page 4 For technical questions. as shown in Figure 4. 5. Rotate the Strut Assembly so you can easily access the Support Bar Nut (9) on each Strut Spring Compressor. you may remove the Strut Bearing Nut at the top of the Strut Assembly and remove the Strut Bearing and Top Hat. WARNING! To reduce the pressure on the spring and maintain better stability. you will be compressing the strut spring. When you compress the strut spring enough to allow free play of the coil spring on the Strut Assembly. 10. Repeat Steps 2 through 10 with the second Strut Spring Compressor Assembly. The Brackets (5) should hold the two Safety Hooks (5) together next to the Puller Hook (1). As you tighten the Support Bar Nut (3) on each Strut Spring Compressor. at the same time. only tighten as much as is necessary. If you have tightened the Coil Spring Compressors as far as possible and there is no free play of the coil spring on the Strut Assembly. Place one Safety Hook (6) on each side of the Puller Hook (1) and around each strut spring. Do not tighten one Strut Spring Compressor all at once. Place the Bracket (5) over the two threaded ends of two Safety Hooks (6). Tighten the Support Bar Nut (9) about one inch. The Wing Nuts (4) should be finger tight. Thread one Wing Nut (4) onto each Safety Hook (6) then tighten the Bracket (5) against the Puller Hook as shown in Figure 4. 11. 6. Check the Safety Hooks (6) to ensure they are installed correctly.Puller Hook (1) Bracket (5) Double Puller Hook (2) Support Bar Nut (9) Safety Hook (6) Wing Nut (4) Support Bar (3) Double Puller Hook (2) Support Bar Nut (9) Figure 5 – Tighten the Nuts Evenly WARNING! To prevent serious injury or DEATH from the spring suddenly launching free: Tighten the NUTS EVENLY. Do not store a compressed coil spring for ANY length of time.
If abnormal noise or vibration occurs.Maintenance Procedures not specifically explained in this manual must be performed only by a qualified technician. Do not use if you find any cracks or other damage. and the Puller Hooks on the Strut Spring Compressors. and Lubrication Before and after each use. SKU 3980 For technical questions. have the problem corrected before further use. TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY FROM TOOL FAILURE: Do not use damaged equipment. Cleaning. please call 1-800-444-3353. inspect the Safety Hooks. Page 5 . Maintenance. Brackets. NOTE: Keep thread clean and lubricated at all times.
please call 1-800-444-3353. AND NOT BY THE BUYER. IN FACT. THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR EXPRESSLY STATES THAT ALL REPAIRS AND PARTS REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY CERTIFIED AND LICENSED TECHNICIANS. OR ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER INSTALLATION OF REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO. NEITHER THE MANUFACTURER OR DISTRIBUTOR MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND TO THE BUYER THAT HE OR SHE IS QUALIFIED TO MAKE ANY REPAIRS TO THE PRODUCT. SKU 3980 . THE BUYER ASSUMES ALL RISK AND LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER REPAIRS TO THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT OR REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO.PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR HAS PROVIDED THE PARTS LIST AND ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM IN THIS MANUAL AS A REFERENCE TOOL ONLY. OR THAT HE OR SHE IS QUALIFIED TO REPLACE ANY PARTS OF THE PRODUCT. REV 10d Page 6 For technical questions.
record month and year of purchase instead. please call 1-800-444-3353. Note: Some parts are listed and shown for illustration purposes only. SKU 3980 For technical questions. and are not available individually as replacement parts.Parts List And Assembly Diagram Part 1 2 3 4 5 Single Puller Hook Double Puller Hook Support Bar Wing Nut Bracket Description Qty 2 2 2 4 2 Part 6 7 8 9 Safety Hook Washer Nut (hidden inside part 2) Support Bar Nut Description Qty 4 4 4 2 1 7 6 4 3 3 5 5 6 8 2 Record Product’s Serial Number Here: Note: If product has no serial number. Page 7 .
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