View Full Version : coilover collar frozen

08-24-2010, 11:01 AM
i have been in the process of adjusting my ride height so it matches side to side due to settling. and i've been trying to adjust the passenger side front coil over. but no matter what i do, the collar wont budge. i've been soaking it in pb blaster for the past couple days to try and help break it free. but nothing seems to break it free, shocking it, soaking it in pb... nothing. anybody have any other suggestions. any help is greatly appreciated..


08-24-2010, 11:02 AM
Pipe wrench and a vice always work :)

08-24-2010, 11:21 AM
I'm not sure what coils you have, but on my ST's there is a very small allen key right above the collar that you tighten to keep the collar from moving. Did you loosen that first?

08-24-2010, 11:28 AM
i have kw v3's. and yeah when i adjusted the other three, i just took the set screw out just so i knew it wasnt contacting. i cleaned all the threads so that grit wasnt a problem either. but as i said. nothing seems to be working.

08-24-2010, 11:34 AM
some people even said use heat. but i dont want to use heat to break it free because i doubt that'd be good for the seals inside the coilover body/fluid

08-24-2010, 11:39 AM
Fine dont use my trick :(

08-24-2010, 12:06 PM
i dont have that big of a pipe wrench haha and taking the assembly out is the last resort if all else fails, thats what i will end up doing

08-24-2010, 12:21 PM
dont use heat... use longer breaker bar

08-24-2010, 12:42 PM
yeah, as i said, i dont feel comfortable using heat on something that has rubber seals and oil that is pressurized inside...

D's Avant
08-24-2010, 08:01 PM
If it is off of the car, I would try some brake cleaner. Worked for me...