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    Default removing rear axle with leaf springs - what to expect

    I am going to remove the axle from my Apollo (with leaf springs). If I support the car and let the axle hang, is there still a good deal of tension in the springs? What should I expect when I release the springs from the car?

    I have always used a spring compressor when removing coils.
    David H

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    Default Re: removing rear axle with leaf springs - what to expect

    It will be a non event. Once the axle is hanging like that, there is zero tension in the springs
    Jason Cook
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    Default Re: removing rear axle with leaf springs - what to expect

    Quote Originally Posted by buick64203 View Post
    It will be a non event. Once the axle is hanging like that, there is zero tension in the springs
    Great. Thanks.
    David H

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    Default Re: removing rear axle with leaf springs - what to expect

    It might 'boing' a little, not a big deal.
    Rust can be a real pita, especially if the thru bolts are rusted to the inner sleeves of the spring bushings. Might have to cut bolts ends off if bolts won't slide out.
    Good luck with it...
    Walt K
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