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Old 09-11-2011, 06:44 PM   #16
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No need to remove the door. One important thing missing here, and easily obtained: safety wire in the .045" range. Meaning close to that. Do use a vice to compress the spring, use the safety wire to tie the spring closed in three (3) positions such as 2 o'clock, 6 0'clock, and 10 0'clock. The wire goes lengthwise through the spring, enough out each end to wrap back together and tie together tightly. The spring should, and I'm betting so, go back in the door hinge now with a little "fudge" room to spare. Slightly close the door to make the spring contact on each end. Cut the safety wire off, pulling it out probably with needle nose pliers. Done this so many times I can do it blindfolded. Once you get the hang of this, I'll tell you about using pennies to remove a hood hinge spring safely, blows your mind away. OH--and next time, don't remove the door to replace the hinge pins. Do ONLY one pin at the time, use a jack to support the door, have the door at a 45 degree open angle and I'll bet it works.

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I've used the same type of spring compression tool you have and have never had a problem. are you sure you are using it correctly?


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The compressor I have looks like the one in the picture. It worked on a beretta door spring. If you can support the door from above like in a garage from a rafter the job goes so much easier. The spring was lots easier than replacing the pins.
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No need to remove the door. One important thing missing here, and easily obtained: safety wire in the .045" range. Meaning close to that. Do use a vice to compress the spring, use the safety wire to tie the spring closed in three (3) positions such as 2 o'clock, 6 0'clock, and 10 0'clock. The wire goes lengthwise through the spring, enough out each end to wrap back together and tie together tightly. The spring should, and I'm betting so, go back in the door hinge now with a little "fudge" room to spare. Slightly close the door to make the spring contact on each end. Cut the safety wire off, pulling it out probably with needle nose pliers. Done this so many times I can do it blindfolded. Once you get the hang of this, I'll tell you about using pennies to remove a hood hinge spring safely, blows your mind away. OH--and next time, don't remove the door to replace the hinge pins. Do ONLY one pin at the time, use a jack to support the door, have the door at a 45 degree open angle and I'll bet it works.
Well, OK, a new source of inspiration. I could try this right this morning, actually. Where do you get this "safety wire"? I have some heavy wire- guess its easy to measure the thickness.....
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I've used the same type of spring compression tool you have and have never had a problem. are you sure you are using it correctly?


Right, Chips, its just that once I squash the spring to the max (no more else to compress) the width of the compressed spring is STILL too wide to fit into the door "pins". Thats my big dilema.

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