Yeah, a swift blow with a hammer of sorts should take care of it. If you cant get at the right angle to hit it then a pry bar will do the trick. I used a piece of 2X4 to get one back in and it worked great.
looks like the spring is bent/curved. You'll need to replace it or spin it to line up with the rear suspension's arc/range of motion.
Put the rear up on jackstands so that the rear end can hang, remove the rear wheels, put on some work gloves. Even with a 4" lift, I think you should be able to just grab the spring, and twist it 90 degrees or so to get it into a better position. If not, then jacking up the other end of the axle will drop the problem side enough to do the above.
not to sound stupid or anything but from the pictures...could they be upside down? sorry not to make you sound stupid also cause i know on mine i can accidently turn them upside down and have the same issue..
Running over pot holes is the closest thing to 4x4 in the city....
My Jeep only had 1 spring retainer bracket located on the front driver's side coil .
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