How does shock absorber stay compressed?


Old 08-02-05, 08:54 AM
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How does shock absorber stay compressed?

98 Ply Breeze 2.0L 65K miles
I am working on the front lower control arm. Service manual does not require spring compression prior to removing shock absorber clevis nut. According to the manual, the shock assembly comes out as a whole piece without the spring is compressed. Just the top nut (at the very top of the assembly) should not be removed without compressing spring. Can someone explain how the spring stays compressed outside the car without a spring compressor?
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Old 08-02-05, 12:59 PM
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the center nut at the shock tower is holding a upper retainer and the spring the smaller nuts usually 3 or 4 is what you remove to remove the whole assembly spring, strut and all do not remove the large nut at the center of the strut unless you have the spring compressed.

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