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8. Using a large 24mm socket with a �-inch ratchet and a crescent wrench, the Eastwood coil spring compressor was tightened down. It's important to note that each threaded bolt was tightened a few turns at a time and then rotated to ensure proper tension. This kept the bolts from flexing and stripping. It took a little time to get the spring to compress enough to remove the strut, but it saved us money and a trip to a mechanic's shop.