Mechanics

FRONT SWAY BAR BUSHINGS

2002 Ford Focus

Suspension problem
2002 Ford Focus Front Wheel Drive Automatic 82000 miles

can you tell me how to replace the front sway bar bushing to my focus and a way to replace the front sway bar link thanks
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Papichulox4
April 21, 2010.




Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
Make sure the road wheels are in the straight ahead position.
Disconnect the steering column shaft from the steering gear pinion extension.
Remove the bolt.
Release the pinion shaft extension from the steering column.
Discard the bolt.

Remove the front wheels and tires.
Loosen the tie-rod end retaining nuts.
Detach the tie-rod ends from the wheel knuckles and discard the retaining nuts.
Detach the stabilizer bar connecting links from the stabilizer bar.
Detach the lower arm ball joints from the wheel knuckles and remove the brake heat shield.
Remove the support insulator to transaxle center bolt.
Using a suitable transmission jack, support the crossmember.
Remove the six crossmember bolts.
WARNING
The power steering lines are attached to the steering gear.

Lower the crossmember to gain access to the stabilizer bar.
Remove the stabilizer bar.
Remove the stabilizer bar bushings.
Use of crossmember alignment pins.

Tighten crossmember bolts

To install: NOTE
The stabilizer bar bushings must be located correctly on the flats of the stabilizer bar with no lubricant.

Install the stabilizer bar bushings (both sides).
Install the stabilizer bar as follows: Locate the bushing against the spacer (both sides). Using suitable cable ties, support the stabilizer bar to specification (both sides).

Install the stabilizer bar clamps.
Install the stabilizer bar clamp rear retaining bolts and tighten to 22 ft. Lbs. (30 Nm)
NOTE
Do not fully tighten stabilizer bar clamp front retaining bolts at this stage.

Install the stabilizer bar clamp front retaining bolts.
Tighten the bolts in two stages: Stage 1: Tighten bolts to 37 ft. Lbs. (50 Nm) Stage 2: Tighten bolts to 52 ft. Lbs. (70 Nm)

Remove the cable ties supporting the stabilizer bar.
NOTE
Make sure the crossmember ball bearing washers and captives are installed correctly.

Align the crossmember by placing alignment pins through the crossmember alignment holes.
Install the crossmember retaining bolts but do not fully tighten.
Remove the crossmember RH alignment pin.
WARNING
While tightening the crossmember retaining bolts, make sure the crossmember does not move.

Tighten the crossmember retaining bolts to specs shown in the diagram.
Lower and remove the transmission jack.
Remove the crossmember LH alignment pin.
Install the support insulator to transaxle center bolt and tighten to 37 ft. Lbs. (50 Nm)
Install the lower arm ball joint and brake heat shield.
Attach the stabilizer bar connecting links to the stabilizer bar.

CAUTION
Install new tie-rod end retaining nuts. Failure to follow this instruction may result in personal injury.

Attach the tie-rod ends to the wheel knuckles and tighten to 35 ft. Lbs. (47 Nm)
Install the front wheels and tires.
Make sure the vehicle is in the straight-ahead position, before lowering the vehicle.
Lower the vehicle.

CAUTION
Install a new steering column pinch bolt. Failure to follow this instruction may result in personal injury.

Connect the steering column shaft to the steering gear pinion extension.
Connect the pinion shaft extension to the steering column.
Install the bolt and tighten to 21 ft. Lbs. (28 Nm)
Connect the battery ground cable.



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