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How to safely change a shock/strut spring

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I have done these before, but tbh it always scares me. The coil springs have a ton of stored energy and there's no redundancy in these tools. I have one these compressors:

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Any tips or tricks on how to do this safely and with less risk?

I would have purchased a ReadyStrut (pre-assembled) but I have had mediocre experiences with Monroe, and KYB doesn't have one for the Volt.
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buy a loaded strut
 

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well that sucks,i've done a bunch using the screw style compressors,never an issue till I did a friends suburu(forget the model).had to use 2 to get it started and 2 to grab the springs enough to release.after that,,I found a branick 7400 wall mounted spring compressor.
no more worries for me.
 
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