I was going to pull the front struts so I could paint them. I rented a coil spring compressiont tool but I could't get it on two opposite sides so the spring wouldn't compress properly. But while I had it as compressed as I could get I unbolted the sway arm and upper strut mounting nuts and lowered the jack but still the spring had tension on it. I did not want to attempt removing the lower strut bolt unless I was able to get it unloaded. Can anyone tell me how you are supposed to remove them?