Rear spring fitting without lifting entire car

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Hi again guys. After some advise as most videos and descriptions on here have shown rear end totally elevated to remove springs so the axle drops down.

Currently my sills are shot so I can only jack up on the rear axle. Is there a way I can elevate the car and support the back end while still being able to remove lower shock bolts and pull the trailing arms down to release the springs? I've got a trolley jack but I'm sure the torsion rear beam isn't supposed to be jacked on.

Am I being too wet or am I missing something? Cheers
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reddandanfireman wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:55 pm Hi again guys. After some advise as most videos and descriptions on here have shown rear end totally elevated to remove springs so the axle drops down.

Currently my sills are shot so I can only jack up on the rear axle. Is there a way I can elevate the car and support the back end while still being able to remove lower shock bolts and pull the trailing arms down to release the springs? I've got a trolley jack but I'm sure the torsion rear beam isn't supposed to be jacked on.

Am I being too wet or am I missing something? Cheers

Rear springs doesn't need the entire car lifting.

One side at a time.

You don't need to remove any bolts to replace the rear springs.

Support the weight of the car on the trailing arm pivot point, that is strong enough.

Then use spring compressor to get the extra space to remove or refit the new spring.

Citroen C3 has knocking sound from the rear while driving topic has pictures of the rear spring change.


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C3driver52 wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:16 pm
reddandanfireman wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:55 pm Hi again guys. After some advise as most videos and descriptions on here have shown rear end totally elevated to remove springs so the axle drops down.

Currently my sills are shot so I can only jack up on the rear axle. Is there a way I can elevate the car and support the back end while still being able to remove lower shock bolts and pull the trailing arms down to release the springs? I've got a trolley jack but I'm sure the torsion rear beam isn't supposed to be jacked on.

Am I being too wet or am I missing something? Cheers

Rear springs doesn't need the entire car lifting.

One side at a time.

You don't need to remove any bolts to replace the rear springs.

Support the weight of the car on the trailing arm pivot point, that is strong enough.

Then use spring compressor to get the extra space to remove or refit the new spring.

Citroen C3 has knocking sound from the rear while driving topic has pictures of the rear spring change.
Ah that's the other thing. No spring compressors here hence why I was going down the removal of lower bolt technique.
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reddandanfireman wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:27 pm Ah that's the other thing. No spring compressors here hence why I was going down the removal of lower bolt technique.
Well worth investing in some, if not for the rears, they will be for the front :lol:

The rear damper bolts can be very difficult to remove and are often heavily rusted in place.

If you don't have spring compressors, you will probably need a heavy hammer and drift to get the bolt out.
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