Bob, what works well for me is to use a long extension on the socket.. Then place a piece of pipe over the extension that will sit on top of the socket. On that piece of pipe I have welded 2 - (1/2 pipe) handles about8" long.. With me pulling down on one side with my left hand & my wife pulling down on both sides I can turn the ratchet with my right hand & get those cap threads to catch.'86 aspy, The top 4" of the top spring is hell to compress and turn cap too. Any suggestions? Yes the old oil was bad, I would guess 20yrs. old.