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#4633719 - 01/13/18 02:38 PM Any tips to install a spring?
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Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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?
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#4633722 - 01/13/18 02:41 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
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?

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#4633728 - 01/13/18 02:47 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
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I dont think so. The spring is only 3 inches or so long
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#4633740 - 01/13/18 02:58 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: eljefino]
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Registered: 11/30/04
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
Many screwdrivers. Stick little wedges between each spring coil.


Coins work well for this, too.
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#4633741 - 01/13/18 02:59 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
spackard Offline


Registered: 03/24/11
Posts: 1666
Loc: CA
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.)

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#4633753 - 01/13/18 03:12 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
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Springs can be dangerous. Use protective eye wear.

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#4633756 - 01/13/18 03:17 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
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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.

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#4633761 - 01/13/18 03:19 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 11/14/13
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Loc: Chicago, IL
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

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#4633934 - 01/13/18 06:42 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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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
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#4633946 - 01/13/18 06:54 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Chris142]
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Registered: 12/12/02
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No advice here...every one I've ever done was at considerable personal risk

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#4635012 - 01/14/18 06:56 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: Shannow]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1821
Loc: Chicago, IL
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.

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#4635106 - 01/14/18 08:13 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: EdwardC]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
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.

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#4635893 - 01/15/18 03:41 PM Re: Any tips to install a spring? [Re: eljefino]
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Registered: 05/30/15
Posts: 132
Loc: Virginia
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.


Edited by GravelRoad (01/15/18 03:43 PM)
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