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Any tips to install a spring? #4633719
01/13/18 03:38 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Chris142 Offline OP
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The brake pedal return springs on my tractor are off. I have them. I cant figure out how to stretch and install them. They are very stiff.

Any tricks besides vice grips and screwdrivers?


02 Wrangler durablend 10w40
87 F250 traveler 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633722
01/13/18 03:41 PM
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Many screwdrivers. Stick little wedges between each spring coil. Don't give any one position too much or you'll stretch them permanently.

Is there a way you can get all-thread in the middle with appropriate nuts and washers to make an inside-out spring compressor/ expander?

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633728
01/13/18 03:47 PM
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Chris142 Offline OP
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I dont think so. The spring is only 3 inches or so long


02 Wrangler durablend 10w40
87 F250 traveler 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: eljefino] #4633740
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
Many screwdrivers. Stick little wedges between each spring coil.


Coins work well for this, too.


"Think of all the Ford owners who will someday want an automobile." John Dodge

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633741
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A bent rod with a notch in the end, won't do it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIyESaecC2s
(They sell just the rod, and I have one laying around somewhere, but it's been awhile since I've needed one.)

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633753
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Toronto Canada
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Springs can be dangerous. Use protective eye wear.

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633756
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I used a ratcheting strap to stretch the spring out and then a large screw driver to persuade it on on my old JD tractor. Be careful, this could be dangerous and is a tough procedure.

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633761
01/13/18 04:19 PM
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I was going to suggest a similar tool that I saw ETCG use on springs for a drum brake replacement, might be useful. I like the idea of coin spacers though!

It was something like these.

https://www.weselltools.com/brake-spring...7UaArCvEALw_wcB

https://mobiledistributorsupply.com/lis4...RIaAre4EALw_wcB

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633934
01/13/18 07:42 PM
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Pictures of the springs?

If they have hooks (tension springs), I use a loop of wire or cable clamped in a vise-grip


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142] #4633946
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No advice here...every one I've ever done was at considerable personal risk

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Shannow] #4635012
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Originally Posted By: Shannow
No advice here...every one I've ever done was at considerable personal risk

I think you're thinking of a suspension spring compressor.

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: EdwardC] #4635106
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Originally Posted By: EdwardC
Originally Posted By: Shannow
No advice here...every one I've ever done was at considerable personal risk

I think you're thinking of a suspension spring compressor.


Stretching brake drum type springs ain't fun, either... trying to work it over the "nail" using the tip of a screwdriver, sparks flying, etc.

Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: eljefino] #4635893
01/15/18 04:41 PM
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Spring Pull Tool https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-MTD-732-0571-Spring-Pull-Tool/232260443358?epid=1713027439&hash=item3613cd1cde:g:8G4AAOSwiYlaGIxS

I have and use three different sizes of these type of spring pull tools. work very well.
Also used a piece of looped starter rope many times, just make it into a loop, put on gloves, hook the spring and pull into place.

edit: I use these tools on lawn and garden equipment not farm tractors.

Last edited by GravelRoad; 01/15/18 04:43 PM.

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