You shouldn't be trying to be removing the hub from the axle that way. You need to press the axle out of the hub. Drive the axle into the hub with a brass drift, after you take the center bolt out of course. The axle should compress enough to clear the splines.
If' you've got the plate compressor, use it. The trailing arm will come down against a stop, and that will not let the spring tension completely release. OTOH, having it down against the stop means you won't have to compress the spring as much to get it out as you would if the arm was in the normal position. Make sure to jack the car up so the arm does go down against the stop.My question: I've read conflicting reports regarding using a spring compression tool, or not. At this point, can I simply jack up the car and allow the a-arm to drop sufficiently to allow the coil to be removed under no spring tension?
This is correct. You must drop the subframe at least a bit to get to the outer trailing arm mounting bolts. So yeah, bite the bullet and just do it.Thanks for the trailing arm bolt insights. I went with the 15/16ths box/open (rather than the 24mm approach) and came to the conclusion that there is no way I would be able to get to the outer bolts on the trailing arms w/out dropping the entire sub-frame down, if not completely, then partially.