What grade bolts did you get? Grade 8?
Nice to have the proper tools, right?Got a loaner spring compressor from AutoZone - that was useless.
Went back and swapped it for a MacPherson spring compressor - that didn't really help much either because it was hard to grip the highest coil, and also because I couldn't get them 180 degrees apart, so the back side of the spring didn't compress as much.
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Bought this one by 8MileLake on Amazon...
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...worked like a charm!
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I took off the yellow plastic protectors giving a fraction more clearance, which was needed to fit over the highest coil. Then 130 cranks on the ratchet, and out it came!
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Now I can do all that suspension work I was hoping to avoid!
I ordered all 4 ball joints, 2 lower, 2 upperI used grade 10.9 bolts for the motor mount. Not that im an expert, just that I assume stronger is better for that application.
As for ball joints, again no expert, but I would probably replace at least the other upper joint, for symmetry. (I actually replaced all four, assuming after 30 years they were due.) I intended to reuse the bolts, but some of them started stripping before reaching the proper torque, so I replaced them all with the hardware that came with the ball joints.
Do you have a good tool to get the ball joints off? I discovered that none of the tools I found would fit between the lower ball joint's bolt and the steering knuckle. Another thread here suggested hitting the steering knuckle with a hammer - it worked for me!Its a lot easier to change them on the Saab than my other classic car.