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This review is from: Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-7561 MacPherson Strut Spring Compressor (Automotive)
I used these spring compressors on a few vehicles and I can only find one redeeming quality. The hooks themselves are very low profile which works well for grabbing onto the upper most coil, especially on progressively wound springs with many coils near the upper or lower perch. Other then that they are junk.
The big problem I had recently was that to make these cheap they made the shaft out of a threaded rod and spun a nut onto it, drilled through the nut and staked it with a pin. That pin takes all the force when turning the shaft to compress the spring. While doing struts on an outback this weekend that pin sheared off on me.......leaving the spring stuck compressed. I had to go find a neighbors car to borrow and head around to auto parts stores to find a loaner set of compressors.
Next time I will spend more money to get a properly manufactured compressor which uses one forged steel rod instead of the cheap nut with a pin construction.
For rare to occasional use these are ok........but if you're not using them regularly why not just get a loaner compressor for free from an autoparts store?